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Become a Paralegal

Now a fully online class! UNM Continuing Education’s Paralegal Certificate Program offers 96 hours of instruction and is designed for students who seek a broad overview of the legal system, legal research and other paralegal skills. The course also covers civil procedure and litigation, criminal procedure, evidence, interviewing, discovery, ethics, and legal research and writing.

This accelerated course teaches the real-life skills you need to be a successful paralegal and prepare for entry- to mid-level positions in the legal field. Paralegal positions are expected to have a faster-than-average growth rate in the U.S. between now and 2022. This certificate program can help you get into this promising career. 

Program Details

When: 3/30/2020-5/21/2020 (8 weeks)
Tue, Thu 5:30pm-8:30pm (in-person) & Mon, Wed 5:30pm-8:30pm (online)
Location: Online. The class will have live-online sessions, and can be taken remotely.
Tuition: $2,995

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  • Prepare trial notebooks, and draft legal documents
  • Conduct legal research using LexisNexis
  • Participate in a hands-on legal service-learning project
  • Become familiar with the various areas of practice within the law
  • Have the opportunity to network and connect with the legal community

Those looking to start a profession as a paralegal, considering law school or wanting to brush up on specific skills should attend.

Antonia Roybal-Mack, JD and Darren Cordova

 

Antonia Roybal-Mack is the founder and a managing partner of Roybal- Mack & Cordova, P.C. Antonia brings in vast experience as a litigation and planning attorney who aids in shaping the policies of the organization. She is a dynamic powerhouse in the organization, evident from her honors throughout her career as a civil lawyer. Antonia has been the President and is currently serving as one of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association.

Must be 18 and over and have earned a high school diploma or GED.

Paralegal positions are expected to have a faster than average growth rate in the U.S. between now and 2022.The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the annual salary range for this field in New Mexico is $30K-58K. Our Paralegal Certificate Program can help you get into this promising career!

The Paralegal Internship is part of the UNM Continuing Education Experiential Learning Program which gives students the opportunity to practice the skills learned in the classroom and apply them to real-life workplace situations. Paralegal interns are placed in various fields of the law, including government agencies such as Offices of the District Attorney and the New Mexico Public Defender Department, large and small law firms, and other areas. The students work under the direct supervision of a site supervisor which is typically an attorney or senior paralegal. In addition, the UNMCE internship supervisor will offer additional support to the student and monitor his or her progress in the program.

The Paralegal Internships are only open to graduates of the UNMCE Paralegal Certificate Program. Acceptance requires successful completion of the program and instructor recommendation. Dates and times are arranged with student based on their needs.

Classes will be held online through Zoom.

The total cost is $2,995 and includes all materials, including a subscribtion to LexisNexis®. As a subscriber to LexisNexis®, students qualify to complete the LexisNexis® Paralegal Student Certification of Mastery training program, designed specifically to help students increase proficiency in online legal research using lexisnexis.com.


Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance may be available if you are unemployed, a veteran or veteran’s spouse, or a person with a disability. Other options include education loans. For more funding options, and contact information, please visit our Loans and Financial Aid page. UNM Staff, Faculty and Retirees: You may use your Tuition Remission for all Professional Development classes. Learn more about UNM Tuition Remission.