“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 yetsupportive 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-backatmosphere.”
Due to the small class sizes, UNMSOL “creates a unique opportunity to connect with your professors, administrators, and classmates providing for further personal andprofessional 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.” However, the ‘Venue’ underwent a remodel in the past year, making it larger, more open and accessible and upgraded choices, quality, and service based on student, faculty and staff feedback, as part of this process. 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 surrounding city of Albuquerque is an “extremely affordable place to live.” The warm, temperate climate makes New Mexico a haven for outdoorsy types. Summers are relatively hot during the day with cool dry evenings. During the winter, there is skiing in the nearby mountains.