Paralegal A - Special Prosecution

Special Prosecutions Division



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$19.24 – $30.78 Hourly

$40,018 – $64,029 Annually

This position is a Pay Band 60

Posting Details

The Department of Justice has authority to prosecute criminal matters state-wide. Special Prosecutions employs criminal justice professionals including attorneys, paralegals, law clerks and interns who are tasked with ensuring the success of criminal cases throughout the legal process.

This posting will be used for ongoing recruitment and may close at any time. Applicant lists may be screened more than once.

This posting may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

Why does the job exist?

This position exists as a critical role tracking all aspects of criminal matters within the division. This includes supporting attorneys, managing high-level projects, and assisting attorneys and staff with other core legal functions of the division.

How does it get done?

– Oversee maintenance of cases, including screening cases, monitoring court dockets and e-filing pleadings.
– Maintaining records, obtaining discovery from local and federal law enforcement
– Supporting attorneys as needed with case related matters
– Assist with hiring relevant experts, securing and confirming travel for attorneys and witnesses
– Completing tasks such as scheduling witness interviews, preparing standard pleadings, assisting in preparing and serving subpoenas
– Supporting attorneys during complex hearings, trials and during other projects

Who are the customers?

The Attorney General is the State’s attorney and the work of this Division is broadly done for the state of New Mexico. This position will primarily be supporting attorneys of the Division.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have a passion for public service and history of working in the legal profession with some or all of the following experience and skills:

-Prior work in a legal support role that includes working closely with attorneys, familiarity with New Mexico state court system and related rules, and drafting and reviewing legal documents.
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills, proficiency in current and new technology, and ability to independently work in busy environments;
-Experience drafting and preparing legal correspondence and basic documents, conducting legal research and maintaining a case management/tracking system;
-Ability to improve processes and procedures, including administrative functions such as data entry, record management, and projects that include collaboration among groups of people.
-Ability to coordinate a team of peers.

Minimum Qualification

Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies and two (2) years of experience drafting and preparing legal correspondence, conducting legal research and maintaining a case management/tracking system. Substitutions Apply. See Substitution Table below.

Substitution Table

These combinations of education and experience qualify you for the position:

Education Experience Education Experience
1 High School Diploma or Equivalent AND 4 years of experience OR High School Diploma or Equivalent AND 4 years of experience
2 Associate’s degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification AND 2 years of experience Associate’s degree or higher in any field AND 4 years of experience
3 Bachelor’s degree or higher in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification AND 0 years of experience  

• Education and years of experience must be related to the purpose of the position.

• If Minimum Qualification requires a specific number of “semester hours” in a field (e.g. 6 semester hours in Accounting), applicants MUST have those semester hours in order to meet the minimum qualifications. No substitutions apply for semester hours.

Employment Requirements

Must possess and maintain a current Defensive Driving Course Certificate from the State of New Mexico or must pass and receive Defensive Driving Course Certification as a condition of continued employment as some statewide travel maybe required. Employment is subject to criminal background check and is conditional pending results of criminal background check. Be of good moral character and not have been convicted of a felony offense by a court of this state, any other state or the United States.

Working Conditions

Office setting, exposure to Visual/Video Display terminal (VDT) and extensive personal computer and telephone usage with extended periods of sitting, including during public meetings and hearings. Must be able to lift 25 lbs, and some sitting, standing, bending and reaching may be required. Travel will be required, including occasional overnight trips, and candidates must have or be able to obtain a New Mexico drivers license in order to receive a certification to drive a state vehicle upon employment.

Supplemental Information


Agency Contact Information: Dean Woulard

For information on Statutory Requirements for this position, click the Classification Description link on the job advertisement.


Bargaining Unit Position

This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.