Illinois Central College, Professor, 1996 to Present; served as Paralegal Program Director, 1996-2007
Attorney, Private Practice of Law 1990-1996
Also gained valuable on the job experience in various criminal justice and law-related positions while earning my formal education between 1985 and 1990, including Illinois Central College Public Safety (Campus Police); Northwestern University Police Department; two Chicago law firms; Research Assistant to John Marshall Law School Dean Gil Johnston; and as a Senior Law Student at the Illinois Attorney General's Office, Criminal Appeals Division.
Articles and Acknowledgments:
An early participant in and graduate of the University of Illinois’ internationally acclaimed Master of Online Teaching program, Professor Higgins studied and helped develop best practices for presenting courses over what was at the time a relatively new “Internet”. He has taught courses remotely, in some format, since 1999. He is well-practiced at designing and he has demonstrated success in presenting quality synchronous or asynchronous online learning experiences. His students learn the course objectives. More importantly, they carry the knowledge and skills intended from those courses and into their law and justice careers.
A pioneer in remote dispute resolution, Professor Higgins has kept his legal knowledge and skills sharp in part by staying connected to the legal community and justice system through service as a Municipal Hearing Officer and by resolving disputes as a Senior Mediator and Arbitrator.
The list found below represents courses taught by Thomas P. Higgins since 1996 in either the American Bar Association-approved Post Degree and Degree Paralegal Programs or the Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Programs at Illinois Central College.
Administration of Justice
Business Law I
Business Law II
Criminal Justice Internship
Criminal Law and Procedure
Criminal Procedure and Evidence
Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Paralegals
Independent Study in Criminal Justice
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Paralegal
Law Office Management
Legal Environment of Business
Legal Research I
Legal Research II
Medical Terminology for Paralegals
Real Estate Law
Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Wills, Trusts and Estates