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As Kamila Macedo began working in a law office during her sophomore year of college, she became immensely interested in the legal field. A Brazillian native, she graduated from college and law school in Brazil—and began working as a full-time lawyer! Later, Kamila decided to move to the United States and become a paralegal in order to restart her legal career in a new country. She enrolled in UTC’s Paralegal Certificate course and is not only building a career but also confidence.



Marah: What made you decide to take the Paralegal Certificate course?

Kamila: I knew that I wanted to continue to practice law in the USA and needed a practical way to restart my legal career. The paralegal course was a good way to begin that process. I found the course to be challenging in that it was 100% in English (which is my second language). However, I managed to finish the course with good grades, and I am proud of myself for doing so!


M: Why did you choose UTC for your course?

K: I researched many different online course options, but UTC’s course stuck out to me because I live in Chattanooga. I know many people who graduated from UTC and felt that they received a quality education. Based on that knowledge, I was happy and confident in my decision to enroll in the course.


M: What did you enjoy most about the course?

K: The material was great, and the professor was splendid. I specifically enjoyed learning about legislation. The foundation of what we learned about legislation was the same as what I learned in Brazil, but the minor details were different because of the different cultures. I found that to be interesting.


M: How did the course prepare you for your future endeavors?

K: As I pursue my American law career, I feel that the course gave me a solid introduction to the American legal world. I have a knowledge base now, which has increased my confidence tremendously.


M: How do you feel the quality of the curriculum was?

K: For me, I found the course to be a “happy medium.” It wasn’t too easy or too hard. The biggest challenge for me was doing it in my second language, but I felt the course content itself was appropriate and balanced.


M: What advice would you give to someone who is considering taking the course?

K: The course is an incredible experience. Give it your all and you will get a lot out of it! And, once you complete the course, never stop studying. There is always something new to learn in the legal field.


M: Is there anything else you would like to share about your Paralegal Certificate course experience?

K: If you have any interest in the legal field, you should definitely take the course. You learn a lot and are able to learn it quickly. I don’t think there is a better deal out there!


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Marah Whitaker (think Laura with an M) serves as the marketing assistant for the UTC Center for Professional Education. During the workday, she spends time writing blog posts, creating content for social media, developing email campaigns, and building relationships with CPE’s customer base. During her free time, you can find her getting lost in a good book, having spontaneous dance parties, playing piano, and going to Buffalo Wild Wings on Wing Night. Professionally and personally, she aspires to live by Mr. Feeny’s advice, “Dream. Believe. Try. Do Good.” She strives to use her passions to serve others and contribute positively to the world around her.

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