If you have made the choice to enroll in the MTI paralegal studies program, you know that in just two years or less you can be out looking for a job in the fascinating legal world. With paralegal MTI training, you will have gained the essential background you need for that important first opportunity.

As a graduate of the MTI paralegal studies program, you could find yourself working in the legal department of a corporation, for a government agency or in a law firm assisting attorneys and performing many of the same duties. Depending on where that first job lands you, you could find yourself supporting multiple lawyers simultaneously.

Do you have what it takes? Let us find out.

You must be an organizational wizard.

Since every piece of data is important in a legal case, knowing where to find it at a moment’s notice is crucial. To be a successful paralegal working for multiple attorneys, organizational skills should be second nature to you. In addition to having your own files and documents organized, you are going to need to keep your attorneys organized as well. They often are extremely busy and expect you to step up and oversee the details. You need to be able to keep them focused and at ease so they can do what they need to do. This means being able to manage your workflow and theirs in a sufficient and timely manner. Being well organized is also key to reducing job stress.

You must be a multi-tasker extraordinaire.

The legal world is fast-paced, and working as a paralegal requires being very detail-minded. When you are a paralegal, your duties can include:

  • Searching research databases to find case law and legal precedents
  • Drafting legal documents using litigation software
  • Interviewing and communicating with clients
  • Assisting with trial preparation and depositions

Keep in mind that if you are working for multiple attorneys, each one is looking for you to complete those duties. That is a lot of time-sensitive work that requires being able to multi-task. You may have to schedule an appointment for one, prepare trial notes for another or just jump in and help with whatever needs to be done.

If you embrace technology, your firm has likely adopted task management software or apps to help you manage your deadlines. Some email programs, such as Gmail and Outlook, already have task management built into the software. Sticky notes, manual calendars and notes are also useful aids but remember all data must be entered into the software for the other legal professionals within your firm to view the information.  You never rely solely on sticky notes or a manual calendar to manage each project.

You must be a diplomat with a strong backbone.

Let us say you work for three attorneys. Each is going to have a different personality and probably a different work style. The common denominator is that all three think their cases or tasks for you, the paralegal, are the most important. You know you can organize and multi-task, but at some point, you are going to have to be assertive and let them know that maybe Lawyer B’s task is more urgent than Lawyer C’s. Ask each attorney what task is most pressing and when it must be completed. Do not be afraid to tell them if something else is taking precedence. With your good organizational skills and ability to multi-task, you will be able to handle it all.

Keep in mind that your day-to-day activities may also include interacting with clients, witnesses, court personnel, attorneys from other firms and work colleagues. Staying professional and diplomatic is essential — even when personalities clash or you are under pressure.

You must be an excellent communicator.

When working for multiple attorneys, you will have projects with competing deadlines. One attorney might give you very clear instructions, whereas another might just scribble a note. You will need to use your best listening skills and ask questions to get a clear picture of what is expected of you. As you get to know each attorney’s style and preferences, you will figure out the best way to communicate with them to deliver what they have requested. Never be afraid to ask questions for clarification and always remember to write down the answer to your question.  Attorneys welcome questions as long as you do not keep asking the same question!

The MTI College Paralegal Studies program prepares you with the education you need to gain an entry-level paralegal job. That, plus your perseverance, dedication and personality traits, can prepare you to work for multiple attorneys.

Workers across the nation have new reason to celebrate the recovering economy. Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce working together with Georgetown Public Policy Institute have projected that there will by 55 million job openings emerging over the course of this decade. Of these, 24 million will result from new job creation and 31 million positions will need to be filled to replace retiring baby boomers.

Educational Predictions for New Job Openings

The study found that 80% of jobs will require more education than a high school diploma, with the highest demand for postsecondary education in the fields of healthcare, IT, and government. Approximately 5 million jobs will require a postsecondary certificate, such as technical school training certification. However, under the current education system, the supply of postsecondary-educated workers will fall 5 million short by 2020. Many colleges across the country already expect drops in enrollment, largely due to the burden of high tuition rates for undergraduate and graduate education. On the other hand, just last year trade schools reported a boom in student enrollment as more students sought career training to prepare for specific jobs.

In-Demand Career Skills

The Georgetown study also looked into what qualities employers would be looking for in future positions. Employers and hiring managers will pay special attention to leadership, communication, analytics, and administrative qualities in their job candidates. Many of these professional skills are not taught as part of the curriculum in university programs, but they remain a core component of technical colleges, which specifically prepare students for transitioning smoothly into the workplace.

Changes in Job Market Demographics

Earlier projections reported that in 19 states at least 65% (the national average) of new jobs would require some level of postsecondary education by 2018. This new study places that figure at 32 states and the District of Columbia. The same research predicts that the Northeast will require the highest levels of postsecondary education, and the highest concentration of jobs for high school graduates and drop-outs will be in the South.

Career Training for Growing Industries

As the world changes, cued by new technology, shifts in consumer preferences, and developments in international economic relations, the job market is immediately affected. Trade schools follow market changes closely, making adjustments to course material and program offerings to reflect qualities and skills that employers are looking for in potential job candidates.

Community colleges give students the flexibility to explore several educational channels without having to invest the time or monetary commitment that four-year colleges and universities demand. For students in the Sacramento area, there are many junior colleges to choose from including MTI and American River College. However, unlike other schools MTI College offers a number of distinct programs that professionally prepare students for their future careers. Anyone planning to enter higher level education should research their options thoroughly before making a final choice, so here is what MTI has to offer over community colleges.

Career Training & Guidance

MTI’s high graduation rate and 90% training-related job placement rate* show that MTI graduates out-perform those coming from comparable programs, including American River College. In fact, MTI is so proud of its graduates that high achievers are eligible for its Guaranteed Graduate Program which vouches for the quality of a student’s expertise and promises to repay employers if they find a graduate less than satisfactory. For all students, however, MTI still offers on-going job placement assistance.

*Rate based on the number of graduates who registered for graduate placement services and secured employment in their field of study as well as those who did not register and successfully obtain employment on their own.

Personalized Attention

Students at MTI graduate quickly and on-time because we help them through the process. Become an MTI student and administrators will schedule your classes so you won’t have to worry about classes being full or not offered when you need them. In addition, your books will be delivered straight to you on your first day of class so you won’t have to wait in long bookstore lines or compare editions online.

Certification Preparation

Not only do we want you to pass, we want you to succeed. MTI’s Test Pass Assurance Program is geared specifically toward helping students earn their certifications through intense hands-on skills training. Certification preparation is a major emphasis at MTI, unlike at public community colleges such as American River College. MTI’s phlebotomy training program has earned one of the highest certification pass rates in the state. Our technology programs are backed by the knowledge and expertise of our academic partners such as Microsoft and VMware. Finally, working closely with Paul Mitchell, the internationally renowned hair care product manufacturer, our cosmetology career training program has achieved a 93% pass rate for the California State Board licensing exam.

With all of its advantages over other community colleges, MTI College quickly becomes an easy choice to make…

Combined with other school features designed for student convenience, including free parking, small class sizes, and an available career guidance staff, it’s clear that graduates of MTI have a clear advantage over those attending other colleges like American River College.

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