Students Say

“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.”

Overview

Applicants
640
Acceptance Rate
40%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.34
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
119

Test Scores

LSAT
151 - 158

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

Overall

Students Say

“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.” The Family Law and Criminal Law curricula are popular, and certificates are available in Natural Resources Law, and environmental Law, and the legendary Indian Law. Dual-degree programs include a JD/MA in Latin American Studies, a JD/MPA, and a JD/MBA. The school also boasts study abroad programs in Mexico, Spain and exchange programs in Washington, DC and with the University of New Hampshire.

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.”


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
72

55.56
Female
29.17
Minority

Career overview

Career Rating
89
Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
86%
Average Starting Salary
$52,000
% of graduates who are employed within nine months of graduation
92%

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

45%
Private Practice
19%
Government
13%
Judicial Clerkships
9%
Business/Industry
4%
Public Interes
1%
Academic
1%
Military

Graduates Employed by Region

89%
Mountain
4%
South West
4%
Pacific
2%
International
1%
Mid-Atlantic
1%
South

Prominent Alumni

The Honorable Edward L. Chavez
Justice, New Mexico Supreme Court

Tom Udall
US Senator, United States Senate

Gary King
New Mexico Attorney General

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
$25,949

% 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
$8,924
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,180
Fees
$550

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
345
Parent Institution Enrollement
28,644

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
0
Average Age at Entry
27

% Out-of-State
13%
% International
0%

Demographics

46.51%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
50% female
50% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Relations among students at UNMSOL “are great.” It is “a very cooperative learning environment.” “Everyone is treated the same by both their peers and the professors with no regard for ethnicity, sex, or any other personal background.” In addition to “a large percentage of minority and female students,” “there is a substantial diversity in age background at UNM.” This leads to a “feisty group.” “We all have strong opinions, but still help each other out.” On the whole, students here tend to be “extremely liberal”; however, “The school is very supportive of diversity, allowing for a broad range of ethnic and political backgrounds.” In fact, students say, “The greatest strength in the law school is the community atmosphere.” UNM has “a strong collaborative environment where all are intent on making sure that everyone comes through together.” The “cutthroat competition that one hears so much about at many law schools is nonexistent here” which “makes for a much better learning environment.” The “only issue as far as community goes” is the lack of graduate campus housing. While some rent condos, apartments, or townhouses near the school, you will find law students “living all over the city.”

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.


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide network
No

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
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Key Stats

640
Applicants
345
Size
40%
Acceptance Rate

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