Legal Assistant Graduate Highlight – Jessica Hall

MORGANTOWN, WV – Four months into the Legal Assistant program at West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown, Jessica Hall found out that she would be a mother.

Previously a Certified Nursing Assistant, Jessica decided that she no longer wanted to be in the medical field. But she didn’t want to attend a four-year school, either. Plus, for Jessica, the WVJC’s 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. class schedule was easier to accommodate with a full-time position.

As her due date grew closer, Jessica began to have doubts.

“I was worried,” Jessica said. “My instructors knew I was nervous. I already knew that something was wrong with my pregnancy. I was miserable.”

One year into the legal program, Jessica was in the hospital about to have an emergency C-Section six weeks prior to her due date. As she was prepared for her C-Section, Jessica contacted the academic dean to let her know that she may not be returning for the beginning of the next six-week session.

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Jessica’s determination to continue working toward her degree pulled her through.

“I got out of the hospital on Monday. I came in on Tuesday, and I got all of my work,” Jessica said. “The instructors worked with me to accommodate my sudden situation.”

Recovering from a C-section as a full-time student and new mother was difficult.

“It was overwhelming, and at times, I felt like giving up,” Jessica said.

But she didn’t.

“I didn’t know what was going to happen. I dealt with it the best that I could,” Jessica said. “Determination was a big part of it. There (my son) was. He was there. I knew I had to finish.”

Jessica said the biggest step in becoming successful at WVJC is to show up every day for class, which Jessica continued to do.

Now her 18 months of dedication have paid off.

On Monday, January 14, Jessica became the newest employee of Spilman Thomas and Battle, a law firm that specializes in corporate law. She will be a legal secretary.

“I am so relieved to know that I have something concrete and reliable to count on,” Jessica said. “I hope that I can advance with the law firm and become a valuable asset.”

For more information on graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed their programs, and other important information, please visit our website at www.wvjc.edu/morgantown-programs. Our programs are equal opportunity employer/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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