Join the Sacramento area’s premier paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association
American Bar Association Approved Paralegal Program
With over twenty years of experience, the Paralegal Degree program, based in Sacramento, California, trains students to serve as paralegals under attorney supervision. Students learn how to understand the law and apply legal principles through a combination of analytical thinking, critical thinking, and practical application of substantive and procedural law. Graduates are able to serve as paralegals for both the private and the public sector, performing substantive, behind-the-scenes legal work for legal departments, law firms, and more. 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.”
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A career as a paralegal can be exciting, fulfilling, and lucrative. MTI College’s Paralegal Studies program is a two-year associate’s degree program approved by the American Bar Association to equip students to work as paralegals in civil and criminal law. This is a program that focuses on results minus the typical college hassles. Graduate on time and take advantage of our Guaranteed Graduate Program
provided through our Career Services Department
. Students with prior college work may only need to enroll in the program for one year, depending on MTI’s approval of transfer credits. The second year of the program features either a traditional evening classroom format or our OnlinePlus alternative format
. During the second year of studies, OnlinePlus students can complete much of the Paralegal program online and be on campus as little as one night per week, depending on how they have structured their studies.
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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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.
Paralegal Studies Program Outcomes
Graduates of the Paralegal Studies program will be able to:
- Adhere to California Business and Professions Code 6450 (the legal profession and legal ethics)
- Provide necessary data to attorneys, colleagues and clients
- Anticipate the needs of attorneys, colleagues and clients
- Assist supervising attorneys with interviews, trial preparation, depositions, trials, and producing legal documents
- Produce written documentation and presentations of research, investigations and interviews
- Keep up to date on the legal profession and improve legal skills through independent study, community service, continuing education and more
- Work alone and in a team to finish projects effectively and efficiently
- Perform legal research with available technological tools
- Prepare, edit and transmit legal messages and documents
- Maintain client and case files
- Perform electronic filing and computerized calendaring
Paralegal Career Training Outline
MTI’s Paralegal Degree program includes two years of courses in the following:
- General education courses in five subject areas
- Introduction to legal terminology and procedure
- Microsoft Word, Excel, and other software programs in Microsoft Office
- Legal writing and analysis
- Civil litigation
- Major areas of substantive and procedural law
Following the first year, students will have attained enough skills for entry-level work in various areas of legal administration. Students are encouraged to work in a legal environment during their second year of study. Students also have the opportunity to become licensed as a notary.
Paralegal Studies Course Requirements
Interest in a paralegal career and both the willingness and ability to succeed academically are the chief criteria for admission to our Sacramento, California, paralegal program. There are also specific requirements for admission to each year of the program:
- Complete the admissions interview process
- Complete entrance examinations and assessments
- Interview with the Paralegal Studies department chair or the director of education (if MTI deems it necessary)
- Pass entrance exams
- Possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Windows
- One of the following: complete year 1 of the Paralegal program at MTI with a 3.0 GPA; provide transcripts that reflect 54 accredited quarter units (36 semester units) in general studies and business; or provide transcripts that reflect the completion of an accredited and recognized associate or baccalaureate degree program.
- Interview with the Paralegal Studies department chair or the director of education (if MTI deems it necessary)
Graduation is contingent upon academic success and the ability to type 55 words per minute. Typing courses may be required during the second year of studies if the student has not attained this level of proficiency prior to enrollment.
Two Formats for the Paralegal Studies Program: Traditional On-Campus and OnlinePlus Format
The course work for the Paralegal Associate Degree Program is available in both a traditional classroom format and in a partially online delivery format.
MTI’s OnlinePlus paralegal course format offers second year paralegal students 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.
While traditional classes take place in classrooms or lab facilities on campus, students taking advantage of the Online Plus delivery format for the second year of the Paralegal Program will be on campus for class as little as one night each week. The OnlinePlus course work is broken into four quarters consisting of three courses, two online and one conducted in the conventional classroom environment. The Paralegal Associate Degree Program, whether delivered in the traditional on-campus classroom setting or through OnlinePlus, uses a curriculum approved by the American Bar Association and 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.
Program Advantages and Job Placement
In addition to being accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, our Sacramento-based paralegal program has the rare distinction of American Bar Association approval. Our faculty includes paralegals, attorneys and others in the legal profession, thereby enabling our program to provide a well-rounded education in legal theory and practice. We take our job seriously and provide the best paralegal education available because we want to train effective ambassadors for the school who also demonstrate excellence in the legal field.
Graduates of MTI’s Paralegal program have access to professional placement services. We recommend that students seek legal internships and law-related employment while they are students because this experience increases your job prospects after graduation. We will help interested students gain this internship and employment experience.
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: $31,725
Books and Supplies: $3,954
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).
Apply to MTI’s Paralegal Program
Apply to MTI’s Sacramento Paralegal program by filling out the form on the right side of the screen or by visiting the applications page. Once completed, an MTI admissions advisor will contact you and guide you through the rest of the process and schedule you a tour of our Sacramento campus.
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