A.A. Paralegal Studies – OnlinePlus - Associate Degree

Partial Online Paralegal Training Approved by the ABA

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.

Program Overview

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.

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.

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 electronic communications 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.

Program Objective

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.

Paralegal Internships

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.

Related Documents

Program Assessment 2016 (PDF)

Program Highlights

L110A - Beginning Legal Terminology and Office Procedures
This course prepares the student to work in a law office through instruction in legal terminology, law office procedures, and the preparation of legal documents. The student creates documents on pleading paper using MS Word and Judicial Council forms.
L115B - Basic Legal Calendaring
This course continues the coverage of the litigation process through case management and calendaring procedures. The student explores case management and document control, and creates documents on pleading paper using MS Word and Judicial Council forms and Abacus calendaring.
OLA215 - Legal Writing and Analysis
This course is designed to help students learn legal analysis and writing skills. Clarity, logical organization, precision, and conciseness are developed through lectures, class participation, practice materials, and writing assignments. The student learns how to read and analyze legal cases and materials. The process of legal writing, including planning, organization, and structure, is covered.
OLA218 - Introduction to the Paralegal Profession, Ethics, Client Interviewing, and Investigation
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the role of the paralegal in private law firms, corporations, government offices, and nonprofit organizations. Topics include billing, the Fair Labor Standards Act exemptions, regulation of the profession, and voluntary testing. Emphasis is placed on defining the unauthorized practice of law, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, fee arrangements, and professional responsibilities of the legal profession in general, particularly as they relate to paralegals. The course enhances students’ basic interview skills and investigation techniques through a combination of lecture and in-class or online interactive role-play scenarios. Emphasis is placed on learning the major techniques to achieve factual comprehensiveness during a legal interview and while conducting varied investigations.
LA221 - Introduction to Civil Litigation
This course provides an overview of the basic concepts of civil litigation, including pleading practice, discovery, and trial preparation. The course focuses on civil litigation in California and federal courts. The student becomes familiar with all phases of California civil court procedures including jurisdiction, venue, pleadings, discovery, pre-trial motions, summary judgment and trial preparation/procedure.
LA226 - Legal Research
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of legal research, including locating case and statutory law, primary and secondary source materials, and updating and validating legal authority. The student learns how to cite legal authorities and use legal authorities effectively in legal documents. In addition to covering standard law library resources, the computer is introduced as a research tool.
OLA235 - Torts in Personal Injury Cases
This course incorporates a comprehensive presentation of substantive tort law designed for the paralegal student with a study of typical procedural components in personal injury cases. These areas are explored from the perspective of actual and hypothetical cases, emphasizing the paralegal’s participation from initial investigation through trial preparation and settlement.
LA246 - Technology for Paralegals
This course introduces the student to the knowledge and skills necessary to use various technologies associated with the legal environment effectively. Topics such as the use of case management software, Internet resources and search logic, billing and time use software, docket control, e-discovery cloud based repositories are addressed.
OLA250 - Advanced Litigation
This course is designed to offer an in-depth view of the civil litigation process from both the California and federal viewpoints. The class focuses on the role of the paralegal in civil litigation, the observance of the civil procedure process, the evidentiary requirements, and the practical application for paralegal participation in the case process through post-trial procedures.
OLA281 - Principles of Contract Law
This course provides a general understanding of the essential principles of contract law, the manner in which contracts are formed, and the elements that must be present for a contract to be valid and enforceable. The student learns the rights and obligations of the parties involved and remedies that are available when contracts are breached.
OLA283 - Administrative Law
This course offers an overview of the administrative law field, including authority, rule-making, adjudication, and judicial review. It presents a survey of the administrative process and conveys knowledge so that the student can use typical reference material; ascertain agency power; and understand agency decisions, rules and proceedings, and the role of the paralegal in the administrative law arena. The student is exposed to administrative hearing procedures, including discovery, rules of evidence, due process, findings, conclusions, and decisions.
LA500 - Advanced Legal Writing Practicum
This course helps the student transition from the academic to the working environment. The class simulates a legal office with the student working as a paralegal under the direction of a supervising attorney or supervising paralegal. The student is exposed to the problems and pressures that occur in the legal profession on a day-to-day basis. Assignments are based on handout materials dealing with a series of legal problems occurring for hypothetical clients. The student uses extensive research and writing skills with application to particular legal settings. Issues covered integrate the substantive areas of law that the student has already studied.

Program Costs

Grants and other forms of tuition assistance are available to those who qualify. To find out what you’re eligible for, contact an MTI admissions advisor today!

Median Loan Debt Incurred by Students

Median Loan Debt: $9,418

*The median debt of borrowers who completed this program in the 2016-2017 award year. This debt includes federal, private, and institutional loans.

Tuition and Fees

Applicants that have completed an associate or baccalaureate degree or have completed 54 quarter units (36 semester units) in general studies and business from an accredited institution may enter directly into year two of the paralegal studies program upon acceptance.

Year One
Tuition and Registration: $17,980
Books and Supplies: $1,709

Year Two
Tuition and Registration: $15,900
Books and Supplies: $2,007

Job Placement

Award Year Adjusted Job Placement Rate: 100%
Award Year Unadjusted Job Placement Rate: 81%

Based on the number of Paralegal graduates in the 2016-2017 award year  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.

* Future results may vary. 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 a complete explanation of MTI’s placement calculations, please visit: Job Placement Rate Calculation

All information provided in compliance with U.S. Code 75 FR 66948 §668.6.

Admissions Process

For admission to MTI College, applicants must –

  • Interview with an admissions advisor
  • Provide proof of graduation from high school or GED equivalent
  • Complete an application for admission
  • Pass an admissions examination

The first part of the application process may be completed online.

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Graduate Testimonial

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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