Instructor Q&A: Kai Williamson
Q. Why did you decide
to become an instructor?
A. I actually started as a guest
speaker for another instructor,
Dennis Nakata. After several visits to
his classes, I noticed how engaging
the students were while I spoke.
The next day, I contacted Dennis
to inquire about how he became
involved with UCI's Paralegal
After nearly 26 years of practicing
as a Paralegal, I thought it was time
I give back to the profession that has
given me so many opportunities.
I must say, it's been the most rewarding experience I've ever
taken part in. I consider it an honor
to share knowledge with students
interested in a Paralegal career.
Q. What's unique about your
A. I teach my Corporate Law class
as a 10-week workshop. The main
focus is “Practical Application”
and students find this approach
rewarding. I don't think lecturing
for 3 hours is valuable with today's
students. In the legal world,
employers are looking for entry-level
paralegals to have acquired skills.
In my Corporate Law class, I break
students into 5 groups and task
each group with creating a
Corporation from start to finish. The
workshop allows each group to
function as a Board of Directors.
This includes learning how to draft
Power of Attorneys, Bylaws,
Operating Agreements, Unanimous
Written Consents and Board
Q. What's your favorite lesson to
teach and why?
A. My favorite lesson would have
to be from the “Fundamentals of
Paralegal Profession” course. This
course gives students a glimpse into
the profession as a whole. The lesson
I love most is week #1 when I talk
about the paralegal profession in
I share a broad perspective of this
career since most students think a
“Law Firm” is their only workplace
option. When they hear that
working in the legal department
of a corporation or with state and
federal government are additional
options, I love to see the look on
their faces as I open the window
of opportunity that they never
Q. What do you find most rewarding
about being an instructor?
A. My rewards are all the relationships
I've established with students
outside of the classroom. I'm a
people person by nature and my
willingness to help students establish
their careers has afforded me
lasting friendships with several of
my former students.
I've been invited to weddings and
baby showers. In addition, this year
I will celebrate 10 years with UCI
Division of Continuing Education. In
these 10 years, I've helped nearly
70 students find employment in the
legal profession, and several of my
former students have gone on to
practice law. It's such a joy to be
a blessing to others and make an
impact in young people's lives.