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The University of New Mexico School of Law

The UNM School of Law offers a full-time course of study leading to the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.) Applicants for admission to the School of Law are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), to register for the Law School Data Assembly Service, and to have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university before the time of registration. Beginning law students will be admitted at the opening of the fall semester only. The normal period for a full-time law student to complete requirements for a J.D. degree is three years.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 346
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 152 - 158
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.09 - 3.68
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 85.29%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 95.0%
In State Tuition $15,098
Out of State Tuition $33,907

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Overview

About The University of New Mexico School of Law

The UNM School of Law offers a full-time course of study leading to the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.) Applicants for admission to the School of Law are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), to register for the Law School Data Assembly Service, and to have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university before the time of registration. Beginning law students will be admitted at the opening of the fall semester only. The normal period for a full-time law student to complete requirements for a J.D. degree is three years.

Reviews

“The essence of the University of New Mexico School of Law is community,” sums up one student. Community “demonstrated through our professors’ and administrators’ ease in accessibility to students, alumni involvement, and peer[s’] competitive yet supportive spirit.” In addition, students are drawn here for “the required clinic program, the small class sizes, the diversity of faculty, staff, and students, and the laid-back atmosphere.” The Family Law and Criminal Law curricula are popular, and certificates are available in Natural Resources Law and in the legendary Native American Law pro­gram. Dual-degree programs include a JD/MA in Latin American Studies, a JD/MPA in Public Administration, and a JD/MBA. The school also boasts study abroad programs in Mexico, Tasmania, and Canada.Due to the small class sizes, UNMSOL “creates a unique opportunity to connect with your professors, administrators, and classmates providing for further personal and professional development.” This tight-knit atmosphere also “fosters a less competitive learning environment unlike other law schools.” When it comes to instructors, by and large the professors here “are an extremely diverse and prestigious group.” “It’s incred­ible to learn about Con Law from someone who has argued in front of the Supreme Court and written countless appellate briefs for them.” Others warn it can be a bit of a mixed bag, “I have had some excellent professors and some [that are just] okay.”The highlight of the program here is the mandatory clinic experience, which is univer­sally lauded as an “outlet where students learn how their legal classes apply to actual practice.” In addition, “UNMSOL collaborates with the New Mexico Court of Appeals so that students can take classes with the judges, have them for moot court coaches, and participate in summer externships.” One student elaborates, “One of the highlights of my law school experience at UNMSOL was arguing before three of our state’s Supreme Court justices and two of our state’s appellate court judges in preparation for a moot court competition. Our state’s legal community, at every level, is exceptionally generous with its budding lawyers. The strength and depth of this partnership between the legal community and the law school is one of the unique advantages of a law school experi­ence at UNMSOL.” In addition to the exceptional clinical opportunities, there is also “ample opportunity to compete for a position on one of the school’s three academic journals: the Natural Resources Journal, the New Mexico Law Review, and the Tribal Law Journal.” When it comes to gastronomical concerns, students are left to grovel among “poor food offerings in the building.” They also offer a word to the wise about post-law school place­ment; “This can be a boon if you plan to practice here, or in the Southwest. However, [career opportunities] are lacking in a more broad, federal sense.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 110

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, JD/MA in Latin American Studies, JD/MA in Public Administration - 4 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Environmental

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 72
Full-Time Faculty 36
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 6
Part-Time Faculty 30
Faculty Gender 48% Male
51% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 9 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 53% Male
47% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 50%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 28%
Ethnicity Unknown 7%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 9%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $15,098 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,312 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $23,410 $15,098

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $33,907 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,312 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $42,219 $33,907

Financial Aid

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 15

Average Age Admitted: 26

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

The University of New Mexico School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 152 - 158
LSAT Total 152 - 158

The University of New Mexico School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.09 - 3.68
Total 3.09 - 3.68

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Resume, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Interview, Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#5 Most Diverse Faculty
#10 Most Chosen By Older Students

U.S. News & World Report

#63 National Universities Top Public Rankings
#115 National Universities High School Counselor Rankings
#129 National Universities

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 89%
First Time Pass Rate 85%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 87%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 40
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 95%
Average Starting Salary $50,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 26 26%
Firm Sized 11-25 7 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 9 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 2 2%
Business Industry 7 7%
Government 21 21%
Public Interest 14 14%
Federal Clerkship 3 3%
State Clerkship 7 7%
Unknown Employer Type 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 8 7%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 7 6%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 4%
CO 4%
NM 86%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of The University of New Mexico School of Law include:

  • The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna - Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • John E. Echohawk - Executive Director, Native American Rights Fund
  • Gary King - New Mexico Attorney General
  • Tom Udall - US Senator, United States Senate
  • The Honorable Edward L. Chavez - Justice, New Mexico Supreme Court

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