Monday, March 18, 2019

Real Estate Paralegal

McGrath Law Office, P.C. is seeking candidates to fill an immediate full-time opening for a Real Estate Paralegal for our real estate department. The duties of a Real Estate Paralegal with McGrath Law Office, P.C. are as follows:

·         Draft real estate sales contracts
·         Conduct real estate title searches
·         Prepare title insurance commitments
·         Coordinate details of real estate transactions with loan officers, realtors, buyers and sellers
·         Draft correspondence related to real estate transactions
·         Conduct real estate closings
·         Prepare, maintain and organize files
·         Draft correspondence regarding real estate transactions
·         Other administrative duties assigned by supervising attorneys

The ideal candidate would possess the following attributes:
·         Self motivated/self starter
·         Ability to multitask
·         Strong interpersonal communication skills
·         Adept problem solver
·         Enjoys working with math
·         Ability to track and manage deadlines

This position is a full time, permanent position at our Mackinaw office. Work hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Please send resume and cover letter to Pat McGrath by email –

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Creve Coeur Police Department Application and Testing Process

The Creve Coeur Police Department is currently accepting applications for full and part time police officers. Applications can be picked up at the Creve Coeur Police Department Monday thru Friday, 8a - 7p.

Applicants for the full time positions must have their applications completed and returned by May 31st at 5p. Orientation and P.O.W.E.R. Test will be held June 8th, at 9a, at Eastside Center in E. Peoria. Written test will follow at 1p.

Applicants must be 21 years of age by July 1, 2019, and not have reached their 35th birthday. (Unless exempted due to military service) All applicants must have a High School Diploma or GED, be a US Citizen, and have a valid driver's license.

Friday, March 08, 2019

CIPA March Meeting @ ICC!

CIPA Colleagues:

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 19, 2019, and plan to attend CIPA’s monthly meeting at Illinois Central College, Poplar Hall 132, 5407 N. University Avenue, Peoria.  Dinner (graciously provided by ICC) will begin at 5:30pm, with presentation at 6:00pm.

Our featured speaker is Joseph Borsberry of Borsberry Law Offices, P.C. who will speak on exploring the ethical and practical approach to balancing conflicting responsibilities between the courts the legal system and the supervising attorney.  The discussion will include topics covered in The Supreme Court of Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7 and Rule 1.16 with examples and tips as to how to avoid common pitfalls in this sensitive area.  One hour of CLE will be afforded.

Please RSVP to the CIPA mailbox: or through the CIPA website ( on or before Friday, March 15. Please DO NOT respond to ICC.

We hope you will joining us for this interesting presentation and the opportunity to network with your peers.

Central Illinois Paralegal Association

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Full-time Paralegal, Peoria Illinois Sole Practitioner

Full-time paralegal or legal assistant needed.  This position is for a sole-practitioner attorney who practices in the following areas: personal injury, criminal, family law, estate planning, and probate.  Responsibilities would include accepting client and potential client phone calls, scheduling, drafting letters and pleadings, organizing files, electronically filing pleadings, billing clients, and research. Competitive wages.  Must be willing to learn or be proficient with Microsoft Office. 

If you are interested, please send your resume to

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Peoria Police Department Recruitment Event, March 27th and 28th

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Peoria Police Department Recruitment Event

Two Sessions to choose from:

March 27th at 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. @ Arbor Hall Auditorium 
(A-111) Peoria Campus of Illinois Central College

March 28th 10:30 – 11:30 .a.m. @ Arbor Hall Auditorium 
(A-111) Peoria Campus of Illinois Central College

 Peoria Police Department Officers will be Discussing:
  • Police Department Careers
  • Attributes and Qualities of Exemplary Officers
  • The Application Processes
  • And there will be a Question and Answer opportunity for members of the Audience

Peoria Police Applications will be Available

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Part-time Legal Office Assistant Position - Eureka, Illinois

Darrell E. Dies, P.C.
A t t o r n e y & C o u n s e l o r
1426 County Road 800 N, Eureka, Illinois 61530
Phone: 309.282.9112 – –

Position: Legal Assistant
Location: Darrell E. Dies, P.C., 1426 County Road 800 N, Eureka, Illinois 61530
Reports Directly To: Darrell Dies (or Staci in Darrell’s absence)

Job Responsibilities & Tasks:
1. Focuses on Quality, Professionalism & Confidentiality at all times
2. Adheres to Strong Character Policy in Employment Agreement
3. Accepts and screens calls, takes messages and assist callers when possible
4. Delivers legal documents to USPS, UPS, Courts, etc…
5. Files, shreds, copies, scans and provides other office support
6. Prepares legal documents to support attorney
7. Proofreads documents drafted by attorney
8. Creates MS Visio diagrams, Excel spreadsheets and Word documents as needed
9. Researches on FastCase and/or Westlaw as needed

Job Related Skills:

1. Maintain strict confidentially of all office matters
2. Pride in quality of work
3. Attention to accuracy and detail
4. Initiative – Ability to point out & timely address an issue when it arises
5. Honesty & Candor – Ability to address a mistake head on
6. Punctuality and reliability
7. Effective multitasking
8. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel & Visio
9. Excellent customer service and communication skills
10. Ability to work well with others and to work independently of others
11. Ability to handle moderate to high stress at times

This position will be for 2 – 3 days a week.  Please e-mail your cover letter, resume, and a summary of your goals and how you would be helpful to our office.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Join us in Supporting the St. Jude Kids!

Graduates and Students:

As you pay those monthly bills this week, PLEASE click on this page, hit DONATE and give $5, 10, 15, 20 and HELP us HELP the St. Jude Kids 

And the St. Jude Running Central to Peoria Run is always looking for new runners.  If you have an interest in Running or Can Shaking with our Run, contact or come see Professor Higgins.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Peoria Police Recruit Application and Testing Process

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2019 Salary: $60,630.49 after Certified Training

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 29, 2019 or postmarked or faxed by April 29, 2019.
Application must include the following:
1.  Photocopy of Driver's License.
2.  Photocopy of Birth Certificate. NOTE: This should be a copy of the registered (or certified) birth certificate, which is on file at the courthouse in the county of birth. The hospital certificate (with the footprints of the newborn) is NOT an acceptable document.
3.  Photocopy of High School Diploma OR High School Transcript OR GED Certificate.  (You still need to submit a copy of your High School Diploma, High School Transcript or GED Certificate even if you have received a college degree.)

You can attach these documents to your application online or send them to Debra Bush by email:; fax:  309-494-8587; mail or bring to the office:  419 Fulton Street, Room 403, Peoria, IL  61602.  Call 309-494-8578 with any questions.
Find out more or APPLY at:

Study guides for the written examination will be mailed to candidates as we receive the completed application with the required documents.                                                                                                                                                                     
APPLICATION DEADLINE – Monday, April 29, 2019, 5:00 p.m.
All required documents (Photocopy of Driver's License, Birth Certificate and High School Diploma or High School Transcript or GED Certificate) must accompany application and be received or postmarked by the date.  No late applications will be accepted.
ORIENTATION (Not Mandatory-But you would be a Fool not to attend) 
 In addition to the general orientation, there will be discussions on interview preparation and techniques on how to interview with the Police Department and Fire and Police Commission.
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Peoria Public Library, 107 NE Monroe, Lower Level 2, Conference Room, Peoria, IL 61602
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Peoria Public Library, 107 NE Monroe, Lower Level 2, Conference Room, Peoria, IL 61602
PRACTICE PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST SESSIONS (Not Mandatory-But you would be a fool not to come and practice)
(No sign up needed – Come to the practice session of your choice)
Wednesday, May 29, 2019, and/or Thursday, May 30, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson, Exhibit Hall C, Peoria, IL  61602
WRITTEN EXAM (Mandatory) – This testing period there will be three (3) tests available to choose from to test.  One (1) evening test and two (2) daytime tests will be offered to take the written examination.  You will only attend one examination date of your choice.  NO ONE ADMITTED AFTER 6:00 p.m. or 9:00 am (No exceptions)
 Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.(Report prior to 5:45 p.m., test begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson, Rooms 220-221, Peoria, IL  61602
Friday, May 31, 2019, OR Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. (Report prior to 8:45 a.m., test begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.) Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson, Rooms 220-221, Peoria, IL  61602 Candidates who pass the written exam will be notified immediately following the exam of the exact date and time to report for the physical abilities exam. PHYSICAL ABILITIES TEST (Mandatory) You will only attend one examination date as scheduled.  Friday, May 31, 2019, or Saturday, June 1, 2019, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson, Hall C, Peoria, IL  61602
Applicants are strongly encouraged to wear athletic shoes (sneakers), long pants with belt loops, and a shirt.  You will be performing physical acts that demonstrate strength, agility and endurance, and it important to be outfitted in attire that does not hinder your performance.  Due to the nature of the job of a Police Officer and the simulated tasks applicants will be asked to complete a medical waiver and please expect that you will get dirty.

Please notify the Human Resources Department in advance of the testing process if accommodations are required.

Monday, February 18, 2019


"I have taken Medical Terminology previously and graduate this Spring! I agree it does help tremendously." - Carrie, Working Paralegal and May 2019 Graduate


This 2 hour, online course presents Paralegal students and working Paralegals with the opportunity to acquire competency with medical terminology and gain experience with practical legal applications for medical terminology. This course is a required course for students entering the program in 2019.  It is a good course option for any student who is new to the program and interested in picking up a Summer course.  *Note: This course will only be available each Summer so if your plan is to complete the Paralegal program by May of 2019, enroll in this course for Summer of 2019.  

Administration of Justice - ONLINE - Summer 2019, Get REGISTERED TODAY!

Two Opportunities for Paralegal Graduates or Students at Petersen Health Care, Peoria, IL

Petersen Health Care is a large, well established Peoria, Illinois based employer with in an in-house legal department.  Petersen currently has two positions that may be of interest to our graduates or soon to be graduates.  This employer offers a competitive salary, a full benefit package to include a vacation plan, health insurance, life insurance, 401K and more.

1st Position: Paralegal 

Key Responsibilities:

*         Provide advanced support by handling a wide variety of functions supporting two attorneys.

*         Perform office tasks such as filing, maintaining records, maintaining databases and calendars and other similar duties.

*         Prepare reports, presentations or correspondence.

*         Serve as an office information facilitator, arranging and scheduling meetings or appointments, managing projects, handling travel arrangements, performing research, and distributing information through the use of telephones, mail and e-mail.

*         Follow organizational and departmental procedures to complete tasks.

*         Assist attorneys with litigation files, including responding to and submitting discovery requests.

*         Handle special projects as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

*         Paralegal certification.

Desired Qualifications:

*         Advanced computer skills including advanced knowledge of MS Office software packages.

*         Some college or university preferred.

*         Ability to set up and maintain databases.

*         Excellent communication and analytical skills.

*         Must be able to work well with stringent deadlines and possess good organizational skills.

*         Self-motivated.

*         Ability to work with minimal supervision and to use own initiative.

*         Meticulous attention to detail.

*         3+ years office experience.

2nd position: Medicaid Application Processor

Summary of Position:
  • Apply for Medicaid on behalf of residents and assist residents and their families throughout the Medicaid application process.
Position requires:
  • Preparing and filing Medicaid applications;
  • Helping residents and families understand documentation needed to process application;
  • Preparing and filing appeals when Medicaid applications get denied;
  • Following up on applications and seeing them through to conclusion.
  • Prior experience with filing Medicaid applications preferred, but not required;
  • Strong Computer Skills, able to manage emails, able to use Microsoft Office Products.
  • Self Starter with good Written and Verbal Communication Skills
  • Ability to Accurately Coordinate Multiple Tasks in a Busy Environment
  • Able to Adapt to a Changing Environment
Please e-mail cover letters and resumes directly to:
Jason M. Crowder
Corporate Counsel
Petersen Companies

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

One Year Later, a Graduate's Perspective

On the one year anniversary of getting a job in a law firm, one of our graduates sent a nice Thank You note. Like so many people, he came to our Post Degree program to pursue his interest in the law after spending years on a much different career path. He reported being happy and satisfied at the one year point of his Paralegal career.  When asked what he had learned in this first year, he provided this tongue in cheek reply: 

Family law and Estate planning are like "bread and butter" in this profession and I have done both. 

Here is a shortlist of some things I've learned:

1. Always proofread and cc the client;
2. Always check the copier tray for stuff you might have left there;
3. If a lawyer ask you to do something, it usually means a) they want you to do it 
and b) they want it now;
4. Some attorneys use their assistants as attack dogs. Carry bacon;
5. Almost all questions a client may have are better answered by the attorney;   
6. There is never not a file that needs closing;
7. Know where all the toes are in the office and don't step on them;
8. Attorneys are still co-workers. Good ones and bad ones. Hope for a good one. Otherwise wear a helmet;
9. Know where the closest USPS is and when the last pickup is;
10. If you don't like the work: just wait. Hold out.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Employers Come to US, You Should Come to US to be prepared for YOUR Paralegal CAREER

Our program Advisory Board, consisting of the persons responsible for hiring Paralegals at employers large and small, tell us their success depends on an ability to hire OUR graduates. They project that need to not only continue but to INCREASE.  We NEED Students interested in rewarding CAREERS in the LAW in order to meet the needs of the LAW FIRMS big and small and Corporate Law Offices of Fortune 100 employers throughout Central Illinois.  We have graduates working in Rock Island, Galesburg, Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Ubrbana, Lasalle-Peru, the Peoria Area and beyond. Employers come to US first because we are THE CHOICE for Paralegal Education in all of Central Illinois. If you or someone you know is interested in a career in the law and how our program can get you there, contact me and I will answer any and all questions.
Tom Higgins