Paralegal Schools in New Mexico

The body of knowledge required to effectively perform legal support services can only come from a formal education in paralegal studies. As attorneys, corporations and government agencies work within an increasingly complex legal framework, the level of responsibility they expect paralegals to be able to take on has also increased. Law offices and other employers in New Mexico have come to rely on paralegals with the kind of expertise that can only come from earning a certificate or degree in paralegal studies.

A paralegal certificate or degree program is the first step to entering or advancing in the profession. You may be ready to enter the field after years of working as a legal secretary, or maybe you’re a high school graduate with visions of entering the profession and working you way up to one of Albuquerque’s largest law firms. Or perhaps you’ve been in the profession for a number of years and are ready to specialize in criminal law, contract law, or even healthcare law.

Whatever your ambitions, finding the right paralegal program is critical to your success.

Thanks to the meteoric growth of the paralegal profession in the last decade, paralegal programs of every variety are widely available—including plenty of online options. This makes getting the education you need easier than ever. But often times, the sheer number of programs makes narrowing down your options a tricky endeavor in itself.

No need to fret! We’ve taken the overwhelming number of options and narrowed them down to only our favorites, so you can browse the top paralegal programs and find one that best meets your career and personal goals. All the schools we recommend have achieved regional or national accreditation.

 

Brookline College, Albuquerque

AS in Paralegal Studies – Online

  • Accreditation: Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools

Need a flexible program that meets your needs and accommodates your professional and family life? The Brookline College program is for you! The convenient, online delivery means that earning an associate degree is more attainable than ever. And did we mention that it boasts a 16:1 student-teacher ratio?

 

Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Paralegal Studies – Campus

Paralegal Studies Certificate (post-associate) – Campus

  • ABA Approval: Yes
  • Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission

Central New Mexico Community College’s paralegal programs welcome students with different educational backgrounds. While the AAS in paralegal studies is ideal for the traditional learner, the post-associate paralegal studies certificate is designed for students who have already earned a bachelor’s or associate degree. If you’re a career changer, this program is ideal for you.

 

Clovis Community College, Clovis

AAS in Legal Assistant Studies – Online

Certificate of Completion in Legal Assistant Studies – Online

  • Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission

The AAS in Legal Assistant Studies consists of 66 credits that can be completed in five semesters, while the Certificate of Completion consists of 30 credit hours that can be completed in two semesters. Regardless of your educational goals, Clovis Community College makes it easy and convenient to finish your paralegal education by offering these programs in a fully online format.

 

San Juan College, Farmington

AS Legal Assistant – Campus

  • Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission

We love the low student-teacher ratio at San Juan College (17:1), as well as its unique role as being a Navajo Tribal Advocacy training program, giving students the option of qualifying to become an officially-licensed Tribal Advocate.

 

University of New Mexico, Los Alamos

Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate – Online

Legal Assistant Certificate – Online

  • Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission

The online paralegal programs at the University of New Mexico offer the flexibility and convenience working students need to get the education required to enter the paralegal profession. In-state tuition is also enviable, and students here are part of the larger University of New Mexico system, which offers an endless array of students services.

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