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Service LearningLearn the skills essential to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Paralegals tend to have diverse backgrounds and work experience. Paralegals are employed in private law firms, courts, government agencies, corporations, and in many other areas where law-related work is performed.


Certificate Programs

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This accelerated course teaches the real‐life skills you need to be a successful paralegal and to prepare for entry‐ to mid‐level positions in the legal field. You'll learn how to prepare trial notebooks, conduct legal research using LexisNexis, draft documents and participate in a hands‐on legal service‐learning project. You'll also learn about the various areas of practice within the law and have the opportunity to network and connect with the legal community. Notes: The Paralegal Post‐Baccalaureate Certificate Program requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree to be accepted. For admission, please submit a transcript (unofficial is allowed) to: Paralegal Program Supervisor, UNM Continuing Education, MSC07 4030, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131. For questions, please contact mailto:careertraining@unm.edu.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

37326 | $2495

Paralegal Post‐Baccalaureate Certificate Course ‐ Hybrid - FAA‐PD

9/26/17 - 11/17/17
Tue, Thu 5:30 PM ‐ 8:30 PM and Wed, Fri 5:30 PM ‐ 8:30 PM (32 Session Total)
Antonia Roybal‐Mack
CE South Building, Online Course

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Paralegal Post‐Baccalaureate Certificate Course ‐ Hybrid - SPA‐PD

4/3/18 - 5/25/18
Tue, Thu 5:30 PM ‐ 8:30 PM and Wed, Fri 5:30 PM ‐ 8:30 PM (32 Session Total)
Antonia Roybal‐Mack
CE South Building, Online Course

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Register by Phone at (505) 277-0077 | M-F 8am-5pm Except UNM Holidays
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Note: This is a hybrid course. The class will meet in-person for 48 hours on the dates and times listed above. The other 48 hours of the course will be taken through an online course management system. In addition, to keep progress of these hours, students will learn how to use a billable hour program.

** A free subscription to LexisNexis® is included in the tuition and is available to the students throughout the course. 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.

As a post-baccalaureate certificate program, graduates of our program are eligible for membership into the State Bar of New Mexico Paralegal Division.

The Paralegal Certificate program requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to be accepted. For admission, please submit a transcript (unofficial is allowed) to: Paralegal Program Supervisor, UNM Continuing Education, MSC07 4030, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131.

For questions, please contact Amy Greene, Program Supervisor, at careertraining@unm.edu or (505) 277-3975.

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 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program. Acceptance requires successful completion of the program and instructor recommendation.

Dates and times are arranged with student based on their needs.

This certificate program builds a comprehensive skillset to prepare students for legal support careers. This course provides an introduction to legal concepts, including vocabulary and legal procedure. Strengthen written communication skills by learning how to prepare legal documents, notices, and pleadings. Learn about how to process law office billing and utilize eFiling programs. Enhance administrative skills such as phone etiquette, working with clients, filing and organization skills.

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This certificate program builds a comprehensive skillset to prepare you for a legal support career. It provides an introduction to legal concepts, including vocabulary and legal procedure. Strengthen your written communication skills by learning how to prepare legal documents, notices and pleadings. You'll also learn how to process law office billing and utilize eFiling programs and enhance your administrative skills, including phone etiquette, working with clients, filing and organization.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

37302 | $1195

Legal Assistant Certificate - WIA‐PD

1/16/18 - 3/8/18
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (16 Session Total)
Nicole Larranaga
CE South Building

Registration for this section opens 11/27/17
Register by Phone at (505) 277-0077 | M-F 8am-5pm Except UNM Holidays
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Recommended Classes (As Needed)

Many Legal Administrative Assistant jobs require competency in Microsoft Office applications. The following courses are recommended to compliment this certificate and strengthen your skills to prepare you for the workforce:

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Move beyond the basics with Excel. Link multiple worksheets/workbooks, outline and consolidate data, and create and use cell names for greater understanding and ease. Learn to sort and filter data, convert data ranges to tables and work with table formulas. Use hyperlinks, explore auditing and workbook protection features, and apply and create templates. Use backstage tools to modify application settings. Prerequisite: Excel: Beginning or equivalent experience.

Note: This class uses version 2016. UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

52162 | $249

Excel: Intermediate - FAA‐PD

10/10/17 - 10/17/17
Tue, Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Rav Nicholson
CE South Building

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Register by Phone at (505) 277-0077 | M-F 8am-5pm Except UNM Holidays
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Use Word for more complex tasks. Learn to format text in multiple columns and work with the intricacies of tables and charts. Explore customized formatting options with styles and themes for a more professional look. Manage lists, customize your Word environment and insert content using Quick Parts. Prerequisite: Word: Beginning or equivalent experience.

Note: This class uses version 2016. UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

52142 | $249

Word: Intermediate - FAA‐PD

10/17/17 - 10/24/17
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Joseph Sandoval
CE South Building

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Word: Intermediate - WIA‐PD

1/25/18 - 2/1/18
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Joseph Sandoval
CE South Building

Registration for this section opens 11/27/17
Register by Phone at (505) 277-0077 | M-F 8am-5pm Except UNM Holidays
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Move beyond the basics with Excel. Link multiple worksheets/workbooks, outline and consolidate data, and create and use cell names for greater understanding and ease. Learn to sort and filter data, convert data ranges to tables and work with table formulas. Use hyperlinks, explore auditing and workbook protection features, and apply and create templates. Use backstage tools to modify application settings. Prerequisite: Excel: Beginning or equivalent experience.

Note: This class uses version 2016. UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

52162 | $249

Excel: Intermediate - WIB‐PD

2/13/18 - 2/20/18
Tue, Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Rav Nicholson
CE South Building

Registration for this section opens 11/27/17

Excel: Intermediate - WIA‐PD

3/12/18 - 3/19/18
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Sonja Dewing
CE South Building

Registration for this section opens 11/27/17

Excel: Intermediate - SPA‐PD

4/9/18 - 4/16/18
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Sonja Dewing
CE South Building

Register Online for this Class
Register by Phone at (505) 277-0077 | M-F 8am-5pm Except UNM Holidays
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Paralegal and Legal Assistants are Bright Outlook Careers

Paralegals and Legal Assistant 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 Post-Baccalaureate or Legal Assistant certificates can help you get into this promising career!

Statistics according to O*Net


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