Paralegal – OnlinePlus
The OnlinePlus format delivers the same course content as the traditional on-campus classroom format, featuring independent and team exercises designed to strengthen the same analytical and problem-solving skills.
Partial Online Paralegal Training Approved by the ABA
MTI College’s American Bar Association (ABA) approved Paralegal Program prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary for in-demand paralegal careers in a wide range of legal practice areas. The American Bar Association has adopted the following definition:
“A legal assistant or paralegal is a person qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. Legal assistants or paralegals may not provide services directly to the public except as permitted by law.”
Enhance your existing educational credentials by enrolling in MTI’s OnlinePlus format Paralegal Studies Program. The course of study includes a partially online program intended to appeal to students interested in an innovative alternative to traditional modes of study. MTI College’s Paralegal Degree Program has garnered the approval of the ABA and the paralegal partial online format allows you to spend as little as one night on our Sacramento campus a week for one course, while completing the other two courses online as you work to complete your paralegal training.
Approved by the American Bar Association
Attend one night per week
Work and learn from any web-enabled computer
By pursuing this partially online course of study, students gain the skills necessary for rewarding paralegal careers in which they will work under the supervision of licensed lawyers. Program graduates will be equipped to offer knowledgeable, reliable services in law firm settings, government agencies and other types of legal practice environments. This offering is the same ABA-approved paralegal education program delivered in an alternative format. All curriculum and benchmarks used are identical to those of our conventional on-campus Paralegal Studies program.
MTI Paralegal Program Testimonials and Careers
Find out what some of our graduates have to say about the paralegal training they received from MTI College, as well as how they are using their education to enhance their career. Also, learn more about some of the careers students of our program go into after completion of their associate’s degree.
All of the instructors are stellar. I learned so much. I didn’t know that I could push myself so hard to do well, but I was inspired to achieve because everyone was so supportive. I learned that I love everything about the study of law. Now, it is time for me to experience its practical application by becoming an attorney. Without the support of everyone at MTI, I would have never garnered the courage to apply to law school and to ultimately believe that I can succeed.
Diane Campbell, Paralegal Studies
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How Does the Paralegal OnlinePlus Format Differ from Other Traditional Courses of Study?
Is there a significant difference between Traditional and partial Online courses of study? The OnlinePlus paralegal training course provides Internet-based instruction via a Course Management System (CMS), which serves as every student’s comprehensive clearinghouse for course materials, assignments, examinations, lectures and class discussion sessions. The majority of student interaction with classmates and instructors is done online and through email. Students are encouraged to establish personal relationships with fellow students when on campus and to stay connected through telephone conversations whenever possible.
Traditional classes take place in classrooms or lab facilities on campus, generally only one evening a week. The OnlinePlus Paralegal Program is broken into four quarters consisting of three courses, two of which are online, and one of which is conducted in the conventional classroom environment. The online and traditional paralegal course offerings use a curriculum approved by the ABA and are staffed by MTI’s seasoned paralegal faculty.
Program graduates will become valuable members of the legal services field, providing solid, knowledgeable support in civil, criminal and regulatory areas of the law. They will be highly qualified and able to effectively perform substantive legal tasks under the supervision of licensed attorneys, though they are not permitted to directly provide legal services to clients unless explicitly allowed by law.
The Paralegal Studies program at MTI College prepares students for employment as paralegals working under the supervision of an attorney. The program is designed to strengthen the student’s ability to reason, understand, and apply correct principles of law by emphasizing analytical and critical thinking skills as well as practical application of substantive and procedural law.
Benefits of MTI’s Online Paralegal Degree Program
Whether you choose to pursue your Paralegal Degree Program through conventional, on-campus classes or through the OnlinePlus format, successful MTI paralegal graduates will have the skills necessary to:
- Serve as ethical, professional members of the legal field;
- Use sound communication and analytical skills to support lawyers, clients and others with trial preparation, depositions, document preparation and other tasks;
- Conduct thorough legal research and integrate key facts when drafting legal documents;
- Keeping all skills and knowledge current through participation in continuing education and self-study;
- Work well individually and as part of a team in order to meet all deadlines and expectations;
- Utilize technological tools in the preparation of legal documents and to perform legal research.
The course of study is geared toward sharpening students’ logical reasoning and analytical skills as well as their ability to accurately apply legal principles to the facts presented to them. Sacramento’s best paralegal training at MTI College achieves these goals through the use of theoretical teaching methods as well as by offering hands-on, practical experience. The paralegal training degree program provides a solid foundation in legal research and writing, litigation procedure and other key legal studies topics.
Paralegal Studies Accreditation and Additional Facts
The Paralegal Studies Program at MTI, whether pursued conventionally on-campus or utilizing the OnlinePlus alternative format, is one of only a few courses of study to have received both ABA approval and accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Program faculty includes experienced lawyers, paralegals and other legal services professionals. Our goal is to ensure that program graduates go on to tell others about the quality of the education they have received and to support further initiatives aimed at enhancing educational opportunities in the legal services field.
Students who complete the program are able to receive career services assistance. It is typically the case that students who complete internships or other types of legal employment have greater success in obtaining permanent jobs upon graduation that those who do not. Therefore, MTI takes pride in assisting students in identifying and securing such positions while they work to build their careers. Further adding to the marketability of paralegal program students is their ability to become licensed notaries.
MTI is a member of the Sacramento Valley Paralegal Association (SVPA), the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, and the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), a national organization comprised of paralegal educators and institutions offering paralegal and legal assistant education programs.
Review Program Assessment Data
Paralegal Program Assessment 2012 (PDF)
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Tuition and Registration: $32,589
Books and Supplies: $3,954
For second-year OnlinePlus students, a technology fee of $864 is added to the books and supplies charge.
Award Year Adjusted Job Placement Rate: 94%
Award Year Unadjusted Job Placement Rate: 87%
Based on the number of Paralegal graduates in the 2014-2015 award year (7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015) who registered for graduate placement services and secured employment in their field of study, and those who did not register and successfully obtained employment on their own.
MTI’s job placement rate calculations are based on the award year July 1 to June 30. The unadjusted rate represents the percentage of total graduates who obtain employment in or related to their field of study. The adjusted rate represents the percentage of graduates who are actively looking for work and obtain employment in or related to their field of study. The adjusted rate does not include graduates who are not looking for work for reasons such as continuing education, remaining at current place of employment, military service, health issues, death, etc. For more information on these calculations, refer to the Job Placement Rate Calculation page.
Percentage of students who graduate within the published timeframe: 87%
Note: The percentage shown above represents students who graduated from the program on or before the published graduation date. The majority of the remaining students completed the program within the timeframe allowed by the U.S. Department of Education, which is 150% of the normal program length. A student’s graduation date may be delayed by a few days or a few months due to circumstances such as the need to retake a course or the need for a leave of absence to care for an ailing family member.
All information provided in compliance with U.S. Code 75 FR 66948 §668.6.
Review Gainful Employment data in compliance with U.S. Code 34 CFR 668.6(b)(2)(iv) here.
Learn more in the 2016 MTI College Catalog (PDF).
Also available through MTI College are its Legal Administrative Assistant diploma program and the traditional, campus-based delivery of the A.A. degree program in Paralegal Studies.
Apply to MTI’s Paralegal Program
To apply for MTI’s Paralegal training, simply complete the form on the right side of the page, or visit our application page. New applicants will be contacted by an MTI admissions advisor who will provide guidance through the remaining application process.
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