Legal Assistant Spotlight – Christina Johnson

MORGANTOWN, WV – For Christina Johnson, the Legal Assistant (LOA) program at the West Virginia Junior College is a family affair.

It began when her sister, Laura Johnson, began the program at the Charleston Campus.

“I’d talk to my sister, and she’d be so excited about the program that I would think, ‘I want to do this,'” Christina said. “It sounded fantastic.”

Christina contacted the WVJC-Morgantown admissions department to learn more about the LOA program. When she told her cousin, Jessica Hall, her cousin said, “If you do it, I’m going to do it, too.”

So, the cousins began the LOA program. A few months later, Christina’s sister Laura transferred from Charleston Campus to the Morgantown Campus.

“As I began my classes, everything clicked so easily for me that I knew I picked the right program,” Christina said. “Although it was easy for me to understand, it was still enough to keep me interested.”

Christina works in the healthcare industry and was looking for a change when she decided to attend school.

“I’ve loved it,” Christina said. “It’s been an eye opener.”

Legal Office Assistants need to be extremely detail-oriented people, said WVJC- Morgantown Assistant Campus Director Leanne Cardoso, Esq.

Christina, who said she may pay too much attention to details at times, agrees.

“Driven, detail-oriented people need to be in this program,” she said. “There are tough spots, and you get frustrated easily. You have to really want it.”

For Christina, who is the mother of 21-month-old Izaiah, going to school meant changing her priorities.

“Make sure that you set time away from everything else to focus on your studies, read, look over your notes and plan what you want to do,” she said. “You have to give up something – sometimes it’s sleep – to go to school.”

Christina said she appreciates her instructors, their gentle pushing and their ability to help students become much more comfortable with the new field.  She said she always loves being taught by lawyers, who teach the majority of the Legal Assistant classes.

“I love being taught by someone who has already been in the field and has already been successful,” Christina said.

For more information about the WVJC-Morgantown LOA program, call 304-296-8282.

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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