The American Association for Paralegal Education granted AC the right to maintain the chapter, which will officially be known as the Amarillo College Chapter of Lambda Epsilon Chi.
“I have been an active member of AAfPE for the past seven years and learned about this wonderful opportunity for our students at a conference,” said Bruce Moseley, director of the AC paralegal program and an attorney-at-law.
The chapter is part of the national honor society for legal study majors. It honors and celebrates the most excellent students and their outstanding academic achievements.
Each year the host institutions, such as AC, select those students who meet high academic criteria and cite them for their accomplishments by inducting them into LEX.
The students are recognized through a formal ceremony and the awarding of a certificate of induction and a special pin. They also are entered into the permanent records of LEX.
During the first induction ceremony in spring 2015, probably in March or April, members of the paralegal program plan to induct 80 past graduates who would have qualified.
AC may have about 100 potential members and will be sending out letters to advise students and alumni of their eligibility to be inducted.
“I am a member of Alpha Beta Gamma and Phi Theta Kappa and felt a lot of pride wearing the sashes at graduation,” said Toni Van Dyke, a business department administrative assistant. “We are hoping to bring that same feeling to the legal studies majors who qualify.”
Membership is open to all legal studies majors with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or more and a legal studies major GPA of at least 3.5.