Legal studies schools in New Mexico offer students’ two-year associate’s degrees that lead to a career as a paralegal or legal assistant. Paralegals perform much of the same work as attorneys making them a valuable member of the legal team. Paralegals spend much of their time doing legal research, reading relevant case law, preparing legal reports, and interviewing clients. Legal assistants are not allowed to charge clients hourly for their services, give legal advice or present cases in court. The majority of legal assistants work in private law firms under the supervision of an attorney. Paralegals also work in corporate legal departments and all levels of government. The occupation is expected to grow 30% through 2018 making it one of the fastest growing careers.
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