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10th anniversary of Husson’s School of Legal Studies Career Fair on Oct. 17

Community Author: Eric B. Gordon
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Eric B. Gordon | BDN
Eric B. Gordon | BDN

BANGOR — The School of Legal Studies in Husson University’s College of Business will hold its 10th annual career day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business, 1 College Circle. More than 40 area employers are expected to participate in this year’s event and more are signing up every day.

Last year, the event was attended by more than 200 students. The number of students is expected to increase this year.

Career Day provides students with a chance to learn more about potential employment and internship opportunities at various law enforcement and legal system organizations. It’s also a great way for students in Husson’s criminal justice, forensic science, paralegal studies, and pre-law programs to meet hiring professionals in their chosen fields.

In addition, this outstanding event provides students with the opportunity to get additional information about career options they may not have previously considered. Many of the organizations participating in this event are currently hiring. Other participating organizations anticipate have openings in the near future.

The unique format of this event allows participants to investigate multiple career opportunities. Similar to speed dating, a whistle is blown every five minutes. Students then rotate to a different employer’s table. This ensures that students have a chance to hear about the numerous career options showcased at the event.

According to John Michaud, assistant professor and director of the School of Legal Studies at Husson University, “Numerous law enforcement agencies, law schools and legal organizations have job openings and are looking for qualified applicants. Opportunities exist at all levels. There are abundant paralegal opportunities throughout Maine and many of our pre-law students have been accepted to law schools across the country.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2017 mean wage for police officers and detectives is $62,960 per year or $30.27 per hour.[1] Nationally, employment of police and detectives is projected to grow seven percent from 2016 to 2026.[2]

The Occupational Outlook Handbook also states that the 2017 mean wage for lawyers is $119,250 per year or $57.33 per hour.[3] Demand for lawyers is expected to grow eight percent from 2016 to 2026[4]

Paralegals and legal assistants also have a bright employment future. Their mean wage, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook is $50,410 per year or $24.24 per hour.[5]  The Handbook says, “Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects.”[6]

The event is open to all Husson University students as well as Husson University alumni and members of the public. Local technical centers with law enforcement programs have also been invited to send their students to this event. No appointments are required. Individuals interested in participating in the career fair can walk in and meet with organization representatives at any time during the event. Professional attire is recommended.

Agencies and organizations attending this year include:

  • Auburn Police Department
  • Augusta Police Department
  • Bangor Police Department
  • Brunswick Police Department
  • Border Patrol
  • Customs and Border Protection
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Downeast Correctional Center
  • Department of Health and Human Services/Division of Support Enforcement & Recovery (DHHA/DSER)
  • Ellsworth Police Department
  • Freeport Police Department
  • Hancock County Emergency Management Agency
  • Hancock County Jail
  • Hancock County Regional Communication Center
  • Husson University’s Master Science in Criminal Justice Administration Program
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • Kennebec County Corrections
  • Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office
  • Maine Department of Corrections
  • Maine Marine Patrol
  • Maine School of Law
  • Maine State Police
  • Maine Warden Service
  • New Hampshire State Police
  • Ogunquit Police Department
  • Old Orchard Police Department
  • Old Town Police Department
  • Orono Police Department
  • Penobscot County Emergency Management Agency
  • Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office/Jail
  • Pharos House
  • Portland Police Department
  • Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Scarborough Police Department
  • State of Maine – Office of Judicial Marshals
  • Thomaston Police Department
  • University of Maine Police Department
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Westbrook Police Department

The quality of Husson students who have graduated and gone on to become successful legal and criminal justice professionals has enhanced the reputation of the School of Legal Studies. As a result, Husson continues to see strong demand from law enforcement and legal organizations who are interested in attending this event and recruiting our students.

For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells, and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. According to a recent analysis by U.S. News & World Report, Husson University is the most affordable private college in New England. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.

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[1] United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Police and Detectives, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm, Section: “Quick Facts.”

[2] United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Police and Detectives, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm, Section: “Job Outlook.”

[3] United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Lawyers, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/lawyers.htm, Section: “Quick Facts.”

[4] United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Lawyers, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/lawyers.htm, Section: “Job Outlook.”

[5] United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm, Section: “Quick Facts.”

[6] United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/paralegals-and-legal-assistants.htm, Section: “Job Outlook.”