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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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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 E-Filing 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 | TBA

Legal Assistant Certificate

TBA

This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Career Training Program Supervisor for more information.
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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 - SUA-PD

8/2/17 - 8/9/17
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Sonja Dewing
CE South Building

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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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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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Get Forensics Training Online Through West Virginia University

Forensics - Upcoming Classes

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Overview This class provides students with a basic, introductory overview of crime scene investigation. Background information and techniques necessary to perform analyses will be included in the course. The course units will allow students to understand the steps taken in a crime scene investigation, from the initial walk-through to documentation and types of evidence encountered. The course content will be applied using two virtual crime scenes with activities. Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: ?Determine what proper personal protective equipment is necessary ?Describe the necessary provisions at a crime scene ?Conduct an initial walk-through ?Properly photograph a crime scene ?Recognize potential sources of pattern evidence at a crime scene ?Recognize potential sources of biological, chemical, and trace evidence at a crime scene ?Compile a thorough overall crime scene report Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 3.82 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 20 hours. The course cost is $175.00 per registration. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements. Table of Contents Unit 1: Introduction Unit 2: Crime Scene Safety Unit 3: Crime Scene Provisions Unit 4: Initial Assessment of the Crime Scene Unit 5: Documentation of the Crime Scene Unit 6: Evidence Search Methods Unit 7: Physical Evidence: Pattern Evidence Unit 8: Physical Evidence: Biological, Chemical, and Trace Evidence Unit 9: Final Assessment of the Crime Scene Unit 10: Reports and Forms Unit 11: Expert Witness Testimony Unit 12: Virtual Crime Scene Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this class. A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format. Frequently Asked Questions ? Are the virtual crime scenes required to pass this course? Answer: Yes, you must have access to the virtual crime scenes to pass this course. An 80% is required on the virtual crime scene 1 assessment and the virtual crime scene 2 documentation assignment. ? How do I view the virtual crime scenes? Answer: You must do the following: use Mozilla Firefox as your internet browser, turn off pop-up blockers, and install the necessary course plug-ins which can be found in the "Getting Started? button of the course on the page titled "eCampus Tutorial?. Click on the tab "Required Browser Plugins? and download the four listed programs. ? I cannot download programs on my work computer, what should I do? Answer: Use a computer where you will be allowed to download the required programs. Suggestions include personal or library computers. ? I have downloaded all requirements and am still having problems viewing the virtual crime scenes, what should I do? Answer: Contact the instructor of the course by email or phone. Computer Requirements ?Mozilla Firefox ?Adobe Acrobat Reader ?Quicktime ?Adobe Flash Player ?Java There are free software plug-ins available in the Getting Started area of the course. Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed. All Students: Using Internet Explorer (IE) 10? Read info on eCampus Main Page https://ecampus.wvu.edu/ ?Forensic and Investigative Sciences Outreach: http://fsi.research.wvu.edu/, Contact: mailto:fsi@mail.wvu.edu ?Technical Assistance: 304-293-4444 (non-credit eCampus student)

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section FAA-PD

37353
$199
9/4/17 - 10/16/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

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Overview Evidence Analysis: Beyond the Crime Scene discusses basic principles and procedures used in the forensic laboratory. It is designed to help the investigator or laboratory examiner understand instrumentation, standards and methods currently used, and the fundamental concepts of the laboratory environment, including the examination of evidence. The content not only addresses practices and methods, it also identifies the proper handling of evidence and precautions that should be utilized in the laboratory environment. After this introductory-level course, the student should understand the fundamentals of a forensic laboratory. Objectives Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Describe the role of the examiner in the forensic laboratory. Discuss methods and procedures used in analyzing evidence, among various forensic disciplines Recognize the instrumentation and processing techniques used in the examination of evidence Define the importance of safety in the laboratory. Identify resources that help the examiner better understand forensic principles. Course Structure and Schedule This is a non-credit course offering 4.06 ILUs. (http://elearn.wvu.edu/cpe/ILUOverview.pdf) Average completion time for the course is 15 hours. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements. Table of Contents Unit 1: Introduction Unit 2: Laboratory Considerations Unit 3: Fingerprint Processing and Evaluation Unit 4: Trace Evidence Unit 5: Firearms and Ammunition Unit 6: Impression Evidence Unit 7: Arson and Explosives Unit 8: Biological Material Unit 9: Drugs and Toxicology Unit 10: Computer Forensics Unit 11: Questioned Documents Examination Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this course. A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format. Frequently Asked Questions Why was a correct answer on a quiz, marked incorrect? Answer: Quizzes are graded automatically by the computer. However each quiz will be reviewed by the instructor in order to double check the system. The instructor is able to update your grade if necessary. Do I have to respond to the discussion questions? Answer: Yes, all discussion questions for this course are required and are graded. Who do I contact if I'm having problems with the course? Answer: If you are having trouble with registration or accessing the online course, please call OIT at 304-293-4444. Make sure you state that you are a non-credit eCampus student. If the problem is related to the course material, please email the instructor who will respond to your email as soon as possible. Can I look at the material while taking the quiz? Answer: Yes, the quiz opens in a new window so you can review the course information. Computer Requirements Mozilla Firefox;; Adobe Acrobat Reader;; Quicktime;; Adobe Flash Player;; Java. There are free software plug-ins available in the Getting Started area of the course. Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section FAA-PD

37366
$150
9/4/17 - 10/16/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

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Overview: This online course addresses expert testimony with an open mind towards broadening the perspective of how to be a scientist in the legal arena, as well as improving expert witness capabilities on the stand. Inevitably, there is a clash of professional cultures, and this course is intended to provide a broader perspective of the varying viewpoints. Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: Describe the differences between an expert and lay witness. Discuss the difference between civil and criminal cases. Define discovery and depositions. Describe the different cultures of law enforcement officers, scientists, and lawyers. Describe how an expert witness should prepare for testimony. Discuss why laying the foundation of the expert's science is important. Describe how to prepare for cross-examination. Discuss how to respond to cross-examination. Describe the ethical issues and problems experts face. Describe unethical conduct. Course Structure and Schedule: Average completion time for the class is 15 hours. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements. Table of Contents: Unit 1: Overview of Expert Testimony and Being an Expert Witness Unit 2: Attorneys and Scientists - A Natural Friction Unit 3: Preparation for Expert Witness Testimony Unit 4: Direct Examination Unit 5: Cross-Examination Unit 6: Important Cases for the Expert Witness Unit 7: Ethics. Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this class. A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format. Frequently Asked Questions: Why is my answer marked wrong, when I know it is the correct answer? Answer: All quizzes are reviewed and manually graded by the instructor which can take up to 72 hours after the quiz is submitted. Keep in mind grading is not performed on weekends, holidays, or after close of business. The updated grade will appear in the 'my grades' tab in the course once it has been updated. Computer Requirements: Mozilla Firefox (recommended) or Internet Explorer, Adobe Acrobat Reader, QuickTime, Macromedia Flash Player, and Java (Free software plug-ins are available in the Getting Started area of the course.). Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed. All Students: Using Internet Explorer (IE) 10? Read info on eCampus Main Page https://ecampus.wvu.edu/' . Technical Assistance: 304-293-4444 (non-credit eCampus stude. You will be receiving email with your online course access information within five working days. Please check your spam or junk folder in case the confirmation email was misplaced there. Course Reviews: I did enjoy both classes that I signed up for - Perspectives in Expert Testimony and Principles of Death Investigation. Upon completion of the courses I emailed both Kelly Ayers and Samantha Neal to thank them for their enthusiasm, insight, and comprehensive coverage of the subject matter. In most areas of Law Enforcement a person with my years of service (30 years) is considered a 'dinosaur or relic' and past the point of being interested or teachable in most if not all matters concerning the various aspects of Law Enforcement. While this belief has certainly been true with me as of late, I feel I owe a debt of gratitude to both Kelly Ayers and Samantha Neal as well as to WVU for providing courses related to my current assignment and for re-kindling my interest. I found both courses informative and challenging, and I believe that I took away valuable information that will be of use to me as I continue on the path that I started on three decades ago. While participating in both courses I realized that for the first time in 2-4 years that I will miss my job when I'm forced to retire in a little over 15 months. I again want to thank all involved for reaffirming that the career choice I made so many years ago, was the right one.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

Section FAA-PD

37379
$199
11/6/17 - 12/18/17
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Kelly Ayers
N/A

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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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