Making the decision to go back to school isn’t easy. Jo-Ann Williams first graduated from Peirce with her associate degree in 1987 and started working a full time job.
Several years later, she wanted to take the next step in her career so she made the decision to earn her bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies. “I had the experience,” she told us. “I just didn’t have the degree to back up that experience.”
She came back to the College because Peirce supported her needs as a working adult with flexible online and on campus class schedules. But that wasn’t the only reason. She also knew that Peirce’s program was the only paralegal bachelor’s degree in the region approved by the American Bar Association, which would help her stand out to potential employers.
She saw the value of working toward her degree as her career path accelerated. “Peirce offers all types of career development workshops and networking events so you know that you can get the resources you need to increase your career and professional development skills,” she said. “They are the reason I was able to move from one level to the next. I started out as a legal secretary and now here I am, a supervisor with a seat at the manager’s table. I’m able to make effective decisions for our administrative staff thanks to Peirce events and workshops.”
After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in 2004, Jo-Ann says that she enjoyed her experience so much that she never really left – “I’m there every week!,” she says. Jo-Ann sits on the Paralegal Studies Advisory Board, and is an active Board Member for the Alumni Association. “The world should know Peirce. If I could stand from a mountain top and just shout about how great Peirce is, I would. ”
Today, Jo-Ann is employed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In 2013, the College awarded her with the Peirce College Women in Leadership Award for her outstanding professional accomplishments and commitment to mentorship.
Jo-Ann advises prospective students not to wait: “The early bird catches the worm. You must show up and you must show up early in the legal field. People’s lives depend on it.”