Course Overview

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. Employment of paralegals is projected to grow 14 percent from now to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. This certificate program can help you get into this promising career.

The 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.

*Funding Options Available! See below for more details.

What You'll Learn

  • Conduct legal research using LexisNexis
  • Draft legal document and forms
  • Become familiar with the various areas of practice within the law
  • Have the opportunity to network and connect with the legal community
  • Prepare trial notebooks

Who Should Attend

If you have an interest in working in the legal field and enjoy working with people, a paralegal career is the perfect choice for you. Those looking to start a profession as a paralegal, considering law school, or want to brush up on specific skills should attend.


The Paralegal Certificate program requires a minimum of a high school diploma and the following skills:

  • Basic computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Must have good reading, writing, and comprehension skills
  • Application software: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Acrobat

If you wish to enroll in the Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate course, a Bachelor’s Degree is required, please email an unofficial transcript to Amy Thompson at athompson8@unm.edu.


Thank you for your interest in this course. This course is not currently open for enrollment. Please complete a Course Inquiry so that we may promptly notify you when enrollment opens.

Funding Opportunities

This program is eligible for financial assistance under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). If using third-party funding, we suggest securing funding at least 10 business days prior to the registration cutoff date in order to secure.

You may be eligible for WIOA if:

  • You have been recently laid-off or terminated.
  • You are unemployed.
  • You are collecting Food Stamps or TANF.
  • You are employed and your income is below the self sufficiency guideline (based on family size; see an Employment Counselor for details).
  • You are a displaced homemaker.
  • You are homeless.
  • You are an individual with a disability.

Contact your nearest NM Workforce Office for more information about WIOA eligibility and program requirements.


UNM Tuition Remission

UNM Staff, Faculty, and Retirees: This course is Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development. For more information, visit the UNM Tuition Remission information page.

JTA Funding Opportunity

Full funding for this program is available through Job Training Albuquerque. To see if you qualify or to apply for JTA funding, click here or contact Allison Pendell Jones at CNMI, apendelljones@cnm.edu.

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