State of New Mexico Paralegal (AOC) in Santa Fe (City), New Mexico

Paralegal (AOC)



Paralegal (AOC)


$40,000.48 - $62,501.92 Annually


Santa Fe (City), NM

Job Type

Permanent Position


Admnstrtive Offc of the Courts

Job Number



4/30/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Job Description

Purpose of Position

Under general supervision of AOC general counsel and staff attorneys, perform skilled legal support work in the areas of water rights, guardianship, child welfare, and general civil legal services; manage cases and contracts; compose legal documents as directed; develop skill at using the court case management system Odyssey; attend court hearings; respond to inquiries from the public; and interact with court staff statewide.

Agency Contact: Victoria Galvan 505-827-4901

Applicants may also obtain an application or resume supplemental form at

Classification Description

Conducts advanced legal research and general case management.

Identifies relevant legal issues, and provides appropriate legal forms, procedural information and referrals according to court rules and guidelines.

Analyzes circumstances and makes recommendations regarding complex situations.

Reviews court rules and makes recommendations on how to address non-routine issues that may fall outside court rules and guidelines.

Assists customers and explains court rules and regulations, policies and procedures. Prepares legal pleadings.

Handles non-repetitious and unique tasks as well as routine matters.

Assist the public and other court staff; attend court hearings, mediation and other proceedings.

Works with IT personnel and provide resource to others regarding automation and new computer and other technological procedures.

Reviews case history.

Prepares and organizes appointments and referrals for arbitration and mediation. Drafts and administers contracts.

Coordinates the timely processing of documents.

Answers telephones and provides information as needed.

Manages office files and records.

Drafts and prepares correspondence and documents.

Provides customer service and information to the general public, attorneys and other state agencies.

Independently draft routine court orders.

Calendars hearings.

Prepares statistical reports.

Coordinates with other agencies and court staff to manage cases and case documents. Prepares agendas, schedules appointments and meetings.

Manages administrative minutes.

Serves as a liaison with other court staff, state agencies and the public and provide assistance to other legal divisions as requested.

Assists with legislative bill analysis and designs and implements improvements to assigned special programs and other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

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, of 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 from an accredited college or university 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 may be required. Completion of state Defensive Driving Training and valid New Mexico driver's license may be required

Supplemental Information

Working Conditions 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.

Risk Management Division Employee Benefits

The State’s General Services Department Risk Management Division, Employee Benefits Bureau (EBB), is responsible for the procurement and oversight of employee benefits - including Medical, Pharmacy, Dental, Vision, Short & Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance. EBB insures approximately 68,000 State of New Mexico and Local Public Body employees and family members. The State’s Group Benefits Plan also offers COBRA, Flexible Spending Account Programs, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Erisa Administrative Services, Inc. (Erisa) is the State’s Third Party Administrator. They provide benefits administration to all plan participants, and offer knowledgeable staff to answer your questions. To learn more Benefit Information

In addition to the benefits listed above, the State of New Mexico Offers a retirement plan and a medical program for retirees. For more information regarding the State of New Mexico's plans you can visit the following websites:

Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico Website

New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority


Please indicate the highest level of education you have completed. If you have responded that you have an education higher than a high school diploma or GED, you must attach a copy of your official/unofficial transcript(s) that clearly state the type of degree and date awarded/conferred, institution name, applicant name and is in a format that cannot be modified (edited). Your application WILL NOT be considered for further review if you have failed to provide this information.

  • Eighth Grade

  • Tenth Grade

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Associates Degree or Technical/Vocational Certificate

  • Bachelors

  • Masters

  • Juris Doctorate

  • Ph.D. / PsyD / Ed.D. / M.D. / D.O. / Doctorate


*How many years of experience do you have RELATED to the PURPOSE of this position?

Please note that the purpose of this position is an extension of the minimum qualifications. Please review both the purpose of position and minimum qualifications before responding to this question.

If you worked a part-time position (less than 40 hours a week) please be aware that your experience for this time period will be pro-rated. Additionally, if you have work experience that overlaps, you will only be credited for a maximum of 40 hours per week for that time period. Please note, that only related work experience will be considered.

  • None

  • 3 months of experience

  • 6 months of experience

  • 1 year of experience

  • 2 years of experience

  • 3 years of experience

  • 4 years of experience

  • 5 years of experience

  • 6 years of experience

  • 7 years of experience

  • 8 years of experience

  • 9 years of experience

  • 10 years of experience


I understand that I must attach transcripts if I have certified that I have an education higher than a High School Diploma or GED, which include the date and type of degree awarded, institution name, applicant name and is in a format that cannot be modified (edited).

PLEASE NOTE: Attachments are NOT automatically attached to your application. You will need to select which documents to attach to each application. (The last 15 attachments uploaded are available for selection).

I understand that my response to the experience question will be confirmed. I have included my related work experience in the Work Experience Section of my application.

I understand that I must complete the Certificates and Licenses section of my application or attach proof of this license/certificate to my application if this position has a statutory requirement.

I understand that my application will not be further considered if I fail to provide this required information and documentation at the time my application is submitted.

  • I understand

    Required Question


State of New Mexico


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