Paralegal Day Spotlight: Maranda Oliver

On Friday, May 18, Western celebrated Paralegal Day in Wisconsin with a look at our paralegal program. We also had the chance to feature some of our alumni in the field. Here, we feature Maranda Oliver!

-When did you graduate from Western?

I am a recent graduate of the Paralegal Program at Western, Spring 2018.

-What do you do now?

I am employed in the Legal Department at Kwik Trip, Inc, La Crosse.

-How do you think a paralegal degree helped you in your career?

I started my paralegal internship with Kwik Trip, before I was hired on as a full-time co-worker in the Legal Department. I was able to use my abilities and many of the things I learned through the program and the instructors from Western, to help me in my internship, and on a daily basis as a current employee. I worked hard very for my education, but without the instructors and the paralegal program, I may not have been able to obtain this job on my own.

-How have you changed professionally going through the paralegal program at Western?

By going back to school, I could pursue something that I was passionate about. By entering the Paralegal Program, I was fulfilling something that I had always wanted to do, and for me, this program opened professional networks, and I finally felt I was on the perfect career path. I have always been good at time management, and maintaining a good work ethic and professional attitude, but this program and its classes helped me grow in all aspects even more.

Way to go, Maranda! To learn more about our paralegal program, head to