Louisville Association of Paralegals
STUDENT LIAISON AND MENTOR
2016 LINDA HILLERICH PARALEGAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP
AWARDED TO UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
CONVERSATION WITH ESTEE HAZELIP
Estee Hazelip is a U.S. Navy veteran originally from Vero Beach, Florida. She has previously worked in a variety of trades including sales, maintenance, and fitness. Estee recently completed an internship with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and is looking forward to graduating with a bachelor of science degree in May of 2017. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 5-year-old daughter. She currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky where she studies Political Science and Paralegal Studies at the University of Louisville.
Describe what it is like going to school and working.
I do not currently work, but I recently completed an paralegal internship at the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky while attending classes. Working for the ACLU while attending college required increased effort in time management. Since I am also a mother, I now view my free time as valuable which provides a higher level of enjoyment when I am not working or attending class. I additionally value the skills I have attained through working as a paralegal while participating in the paralegal program at the University of Louisville.
What is your favorite area of the law?
I believe that I would be delightedly challenged by tax law. Although I do not have experience in tax law outside of visiting law schools, I remain very intrigued by the area of taxation.
Are you considering going on to law school after obtaining your paralegal degree?
Yes. I sat for the LSAT in December and am impatiently awaiting the results. I intend to apply for law school this cycle. If I am successful, I will begin in the Fall of 2017.
What are your hobbies and/or outside interests?
I am an amateur competitive air guitarist. I compete in the U.S. Air Guitar Championships, which is a subset of The Annual Air Guitar World Championship Contest. I have not advanced past the regional competition, and do not intend to.
Tell us about your involvement in community service.
In Fall of 2015 I created the Association of Paralegals at the University of Louisville. This year it was extended to include pre-law students. The Association has volunteered in the 502 restaurant week, which supports Safe Place Services of Louisville. In addition to the University of Louisville, I also volunteer at Jefferson Community & Technical College Early Childhood Development Center through volunteering as a weekly teacher’s aide and working their fundraising events.