About The Paralegal Institute

History and Success

The Paralegal Institute was established as a residential school by John W. Morrison in 1974 to fulfill the need for paraprofessional education. In 1979, The Paralegal Institute discontinued its residential training program and became a distance learning institution.

Also in 1979, The Paralegal Institute received its initial accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Council. Furthermore, The Paralegal Institute became approved as a degree- and diploma-granting institution with the State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

August 2011 began the fifth year of a joint partnership between Brighton and sister school, The Paralegal Institute. Since 2007, the schools have shared the same leadership, esteemed faculty, and talented staff. To celebrate the beginning of our fifth year, we decided to combine our two schools into one. The Paralegal Institute offers the same quality degree- and diploma-level career training programs, now under the name The Paralegal Institute @ Brighton.

Over the years, the demand for distance learning has become a viable factor in our success. We strive for the ultimate in customer service for our students, which is what makes The Paralegal Institute @ Brighton stand apart from other career training schools and colleges.

In 2020, Brighton elected to Voluntarily Withdraw DEAC Accreditation.

In 2021, LearnKey, Inc., a thirty-three year old globally recognized workforce solutions provider to corporate, government, and education organizations acquired 100% ownership of Brighton College & The Paralegal Institute (BC/TPI).


At The Paralegal Institute, we strive for the success of our students. Our students are proud of the education that helped them advance in their career. Hear what a recent graduate had to say:

"Had I not contacted Brighton College and registered, I would not be working in a field I love. Brighton College prepared me extremely well to do my job and it is evident in the work I do. I want to thank all the staff and professors at Brighton for helping me reach my goal!"

Kelsey W.

Institutional Mission Statement

The mission of Brighton is to offer affordable, employability-focused, distance education programs to all qualified students in a flexible, personalized manner.

The Goals of Brighton

  • To provide quality distance education to students from diverse backgrounds seeking preparation for a career in an employer-driven field
  • To offer programs that are affordable and assist students to graduate with no or minimal debt
  • To deliver curriculum that is current, relevant, and prepares students for success in their chosen field
  • To ensure that every student progresses toward their educational goals in a supportive and positive environment
  • To provide quality instruction from practicing professionals, specializing in their respective area and sharing their expertise and experience ensuring that what students are learning is relevant and current in today’s world
  • To assist graduates in realizing their career goals upon completion of their program and throughout their careers by offering job-readiness training services
  • To provide students access to a community of partnerships within targeted industries and organizations
  • To ensure institutional stability by maintaining highly efficient processes and high standards of student support


The mission and goals of Brighton are accomplished by successfully achieving the following objectives:

  • To provide a positive, supportive distance learning environment through excellent student services that leads to learning new skills and accomplishing educational goals
  • To prepare competently skilled graduates for a position in their chosen field through a curriculum that incorporates practical application of the skills learned
  • To deliver a curriculum that prepares students to successfully sit for a certification exam when appropriate to the program of study
  • To continually review, update, or add new curriculum in order to offer the most current information and meeting industry standards
  • To assess its mission and achievement of institutional effectiveness through student academic progress, faculty effectiveness, student satisfaction, affordability, and graduate outcomes
  • To increase our strategic alliances with community outreach organizations, workforce, and educational partners

Seven Fundamental Behaviors that Describe our Culture

  • Be a problem solver. “Solve a problem, fill a need” is how we should do business with customers and in assisting other team members.
  • Be a fanatic about response time. People expect us to respond to their questions and concerns quickly, and rapid response is one of the easiest and best ways to stand out.
  • Set clear expectations. So there are no misunderstandings and clarity all the time.
  • Welcome innovation. Creativity in our products and offerings can be produced and packaged differently to meet customers needs.
  • Be a great listener. Understanding expectations and customer needs is the way we want to do business.
  • Do your homework. Be prepared for customers, product ideas, referrals, team member support and the best way to show you’re serious.
  • Leverage team members. To get things done, meet deadlines and fulfill customers needs.

Fundamental Behaviors that Describe our Student Culture

  • Desire to enhance employability skills:
    • Change of career
    • Advancement in current career
  • Ability to manage time commitment
    • Adhere to academic commitment of completing an average of 3 lessons each week
  • Willingness to proactively communicate
    • Take the initiative in openly asking for help from faculty, staff, and success coach