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Paralegal #10102476-23200, Full-time, PERM, Albuquerque, NM

Opening Date: 10-28-2019 - Close Date: 11-22-2019

Job Pay Range: II: $19.616 - $31.876 per hour

Target Pay Range/Rate: $19.616-$31.876 per hour

The Second Judicial District Court is recruiting for a full-time classified Paralegal position #10102476-23200 for the Court Administration in Albuquerque, New Mexico. SUMMARY OF POSITION: Under general supervision of an attorney; perform highly skilled non-routine legal support work in a legal office or court setting; interview clients; manage cases; compose legal correspondence and other legal documents as directed, and perform a variety of paralegal duties in specific areas of law. Finalist(s) may be subject to criminal background checks.


  • A Paralegal shall have several qualification options; however, all shall be in accordance with the State Bar of New Mexico Rules Governing Paralegal Services, Paralegal qualifications, Rule 20-115 [Approved, effective January 30, 2004.] A paralegal shall meet one or more of the following educational, training or work experience qualifications:
  • A. graduation from a paralegal program that is: (1) approved by the American Bar Association; (2) an associate degree program; (3) a post-baccalaureate certificate program in paralegal studies; or (4) a bachelor’s degree program;
  • B. graduation from a post-secondary legal assistant program which consists of a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours or equivalent, as defined by the American Bar Association guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs, or which at least eighteen (18) semester hours or equivalent are general education courses and eighteen (18) semester hours or equivalent are legal specialty courses;
  • C. a bachelor’s degree in any field plus 2 (two) years of substantive law-related experience under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Successful completion of at least fifteen (15) semester hours of substantive paralegal courses may be substituted for one year of law-related experience;
  • D. graduation from an accredited law school and not disbarred or suspended from the practice of law by the State of New Mexico or any other jurisdiction;
  • E. certification by the National Association of Legal Assistants, Incorporated, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Incorporated or other equivalent national or state competency examination plus at least one (1) year of substantive law-related experience under the supervision of a licensed attorney; or
  • F. a high school diploma or equivalent plus seven (7) years of substantive law-related experience under the supervision of a licensed attorney.
  • Other: Completion of a post offer background check will be required.
  • KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge in authorized practices and the unauthorized practices of law; legal terminology and procedures; court rules, policies, and operations; case management systems and applicable software; New Mexico Statutes Annotated (NMSA); forms of opinions and legal writing styles; The Gregg Reference Manual, Lexis, Westlaw, Westcheck and other electronic legal databases and research systems; Supreme Court Rules and Regulations; New Mexico One Source; New Mexico Judicial Branch Personnel Rules, and other legal reference materials; court procedures versus legal advice; court equipment, computer systems, and applied programs; organization management; sources for fact gathering, data collection, and retrieving information; proper English usage, grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, spelling, and basic math.
  • SKILL & ABILITY: Skill in avoiding the unauthorized practice of law and the giving of legal advice; performing legal research and analysis; to work independently and perform difficult, highly detailed work under pressure; applying and communicating complex rules; dealing with conflict and recognizing hostile individuals; work effectively with emotionally distraught or potentially dangerous individuals; identifying potentially dangerous situations; applying effective interview techniques; applying proper English grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, and spelling; effective communication, both oral and written; use of legal reference materials; preparing legal documents and correspondence; compiling information and preparing reports; using computers, including hardware and software; understanding and utilizing legal terms and phrases; public speaking; maintaining confidentiality, professional demeanor, and composure. Ability to exercise independent judgment in appraising situations and making decisions and recommendations; think critically and propose ideas and plans for program development and assist in implementation of same; work with security personnel; establish priorities; multitask to achieve objectives; effectively manage time within restrictive time frames; provide guidance, consultation, and assistance to new law clerks and Legal Office Specialists in technical and procedural aspects of their job; deal with higher courts; remain impartial; utilize conflict resolution techniques; communicate orally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; utilize and update legal reference materials; follow written and oral directions; organize and maintain accurate records and files.
  • WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The following functions are representative of the work environment and physical demands an employee may expect to encounter in performing tasks assigned to this job. The employee will work closely with judges, attorneys, and the public. The work is performed in an often fast paced and stressful work environment and the employee may have to make quick decisions under stress. The work requires the extensive use of computers and is performed in an office or court setting. The employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time, read typed and/or handwritten material; perform repetitious hand, arm and finger motions as well as use manual/finger dexterity and may also be required to move, lift, pull and/or carry up to twenty-five (25) pounds; work overtime and/or flexible hours, weekends, and holidays; and may be exposed to fluctuating building temperatures. The employee may be exposed to hostile or violent situations that may arise when dealing with individuals involved in court cases; be exposed to disturbing and/or hazardous court exhibits. Travel may be required. A valid driver’s license may be required.
TO APPLY: Submit a New Mexico Judicial Branch Application for Employment or a Resume and a Resume Supplemental form and proof of education to:

Application forms:
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Resume Supplemental Forms:
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Second Judicial District Court
Human Resource Office
400 Lomas Blvd. NW (Third Floor/Room 325)
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Telephone: (505) 841-5497

Apply at or send application or resume supplemental form and proof of education to the above address (400 Lomas Location). Applications not including copies of information requested on the employment application will be rejected.