University of New Mexico  - School of Law campus

Overview

Applicants
638
Acceptance Rate
44%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.39
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
113

Test Scores

LSAT
150 - 157

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
February 15

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$50

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Other Factors

Selectivity Rating

Overall


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
66

54.54
Female
31.81
Minority


Students Say

The University of New Mexico School of Law stands out for how accommodating the program is for its students. With classes in Indian Law and natural resources, and “hands-on” clinical opportunities for students, UNM “takes a supportive and collaborative approach to teaching law.” UNM is the only law school in the state, which makes it feel “like the entire legal community is involved in a UNMSOL student’s legal education.” Students have come to expect “representatives of all areas and levels of the NM legal system to participate in some way.” The law school regularly hosts a range of legal professionals: “With the New Mexico Court of Appeals adjacent to the law school, appellate judges sometimes teach classes, coach moot court, and are otherwise uniquely available to students. UNMSOL students have unparalleled opportunity to be directly involved with the state’s legal system.” Students are continually impressed by UNM’s network, including the “accessible” professors. Law students feel as if they can easily discuss issues with the faculty: “Everyone is willing to discuss and answer questions, even if you run into them in the halls,” and “almost all employ an open-door policy.”
The mentorship continues across the student body as well, since all required 1L courses “have a 2L tutor . . . to answer questions, give reviews throughout the semester, and help in the learning of certain subtopics.” The administration “incorporates the student voices into various aspects of the school.” Many students are from New Mexico, and most students agree that “UNM is a gem generally hidden to those outside the state.”
Students feel happy with the career services office, but feel like they could do more to support students. UNM has “a strong tribal law department, and therefore have a handful of native professors.” Even so, some students point out that “diverse perspectives in the faculty will only strengthen those characteristics in the professors who are shaping our learning.” And again, no student has to struggle to find their professors when they need them. “No one, not even the Dean, is more than an e-mail or phone call away. The faculty is not only receptive to student needs but welcomes it and solicits it.”
As for curriculum, several students point out the need for more legal research and writing access, and say “focusing on legal research earlier in the curriculum might be a good idea to help 1Ls navigate through their first year of school.” Most students would like improvement with food (“some of the faculty have tried to alleviate the problem by bringing in food trucks”) and the wireless capabilities, and feel that the “building itself could use some upgrades. . . . it shows its age.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
86%
Median Starting Salary
$53,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
96%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
88%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
40

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Private firms, government agencies, federal and state judges and public interest organizations.

Graduates Employed by Area

40%
Private Practice
34%
Government
8%
Business/Industry
7%
Judicial Clerkships
5%
Public Interes
2%
Academic
1%
Military

Graduates Employed by Region

90%
Mountain
6%
South
1%
International
1%
MidWest
1%
South West
1%
New England

Prominent Alumni

The Honorable Barbara J. Vigil
Chief Justice, New Mexico Supreme Court

Tom Udall
U.S. Senator, United States Senate

Michelle Lujan Grisham
U.S. Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives

John E. Echohawk
Executive Director, Native American Rights Fund

The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1
Application Deadlines
Jan 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$26,268

% Students Receiving Some Aid
90%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$15,701
Out-Of-State Tuition
$33,971
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$8,454
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$9,058
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,187
Fees
$550

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
347
Parent Institution Enrollement
27,720

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
1
Average Age at Entry
30

% Out-of-State
6%
% International
3%

Demographics

48.70%
% Under-represented Minorities

99% are full time
1% are part time
50% female
50% male

Campus Life

Students Say

As one 2L student puts it, “We are competitive . . . but the supportive friends I have made have been at least as much a part of my success as the supportive professors.” The law school “is a very special place,” where students are taught to be “amazing and strong legal advocates.” Everyone’s “skills and strengths are analyzed and amplified to the highest degree possible for the individual.” Even better, UNM is located in Albuquerque, “one of the coolest places to live, ever.”
All told, “UNM is very integrated with the local legal community.” Students get to engage with activities and already feel like they’re a part of the system before graduation, which makes a huge difference to a student’s career. As another student told us, “The community cares about the law students and the school does a great job of fostering the connections.” Finally, another student succinctly defined UNM: “In a word, support, support, support.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Jeffery Dubinski-Neessen
Assistant Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid

Address
MSC 11-6070, 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone
505-277-0958

Email
admissions@law.unm.edu