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Rose State student wins prestigious paralegal award

Olivia Lloyd, a student at Rose State College, was named the Paralegal Student of the Year by the Oklahoma Paralegal Association. Photo provided

Olivia Lloyd named OPA Paralegal Student of the Year

The Oklahoma Paralegal Association recently awarded Olivia Lloyd, a student at Rose State College (Rose State), the title of Paralegal Student of the Year.

Lloyd balances the responsibilities of parenthood, full-time employment in the legal field, part-time service industry work and her academics without compromising the quality of her work. Her recognition as the Oklahoma Paralegal Association’s Student of the Year underscores Lloyd’s contributions and dedication to the legal field. Her accomplishment is a testament to the caliber of students produced by Rose State’s two-year paralegal program.

“We are immensely proud of Olivia; she reflects the exceptional work ethic and commitment we value in our students,” Rose State President Dr. Jeanie Webb said. “Our paralegal program continues to inspire excellence as our compassionate faculty meet students where they are to guide them on their path to success.”

A graduate of Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City, Lloyd started her college journey at Oklahoma State University before moving to Rose State College in the fall of 2023. In Oklahoma City, Lloyd transitioned into the legal world, working at Hartzog, Conger and Cason, Phillips Murrah and now at Crowe and Dunlevy.

She began at Crowe and Dunlevy as a copy center associate, worked her way up to floater legal secretary, and now she’s a bankruptcy paralegal. Lloyd’s experience echoes that of numerous Rose State students who simultaneously navigate both academic and professional roles. Lloyd’s recognition marks the second consecutive year a Rose State student has received an award from the Oklahoma Paralegal Association. The faculty at Rose State fosters an environment where students like Lloyd can advance their education without the need to pause their careers.

Rose State offers day, evening and weekend classes, both remote and in-person, ensuring accessibility for students with varying schedules. Established in 1976, Rose State’s Paralegal Studies degree remains Oklahoma’s longest-standing ABA-approved program of its kind, a testament to its enduring commitment to quality legal education. The program was also recognized as The Journal Record Reader’s Choice for Best Paralegal Program in Oklahoma for 2022 and 2023. The program is led by a distinguished faculty of licensed attorneys with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Students graduate from the Paralegal program with an Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal Studies. For students who wish to continue their education, Rose State has agreements with the University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma, East Central University and National University to offer a seamless transition.

For more information about Rose State’s Paralegal Studies program, please visit https://www.rose.edu/content/academics/academic-divisions/business-information-technology/paralegal-studies/.

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