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Students take steps towards careers in law

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Students hoping to get career-experience take steps in the right direction.

By just showing up these students prove that they're eager to learn about a program that could place them on their career path.

"I'm hoping that it'll help me better with my public speaking skills, also providing me more information with law itself," said Amelia Dalpra, a senior at Belvidere North.

"I just want an opportunity to learn more about it and maybe get a jumpstart in a career," said Jacob Howe, a junior.

Amelia and Jacob will soon be in the Explorer program.  They hope to pursue careers in law.  Belvidere Police Chief Jan Noble was in their shoes once.

"And if they're on the line about, is this the right choice for me.  Having been involved in a police explorer program, it definitely reaffirmed to me that I had chose the right path," he said.

The program has many opportunities for students.  Law is just one area.

"It gives them an opportunity to actually see and explore whether or not the career is for them before they invest a lot of time and money in it," said Michelle Courier, Boone County State's Attorney.

Amelia hopes to follow in her father's footsteps as an attorney.

"It's going to give us real life opportunities to practice what we'd be doing everyday as a lawyer rather than just jumping into it, going to school.  We're going to get experience in the courtroom," said Amelia.

Jacob hopes to enforce the law as a police officer someday.

"Just learn more about it, maybe go on ridealongs with the officers.  Just kind of hear their experiences and stuff like that."

Twice a month students will gather to take part in the program.  It's $15 to take part and the groups will meet on Thursdays at eight in the evening.

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