The School of Law at University of New Mexico

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Susan L. Mitchell
Application deadline February 15
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at University of New Mexico

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 25.7% – Low
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.33
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 157

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 25.7%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-161
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.05-3.69
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.33
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 157

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.L.A.S.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
UNM leads in four areas. Each student must practice law in a clinic under a full-time professor before graduating. The Indian Law Program is the oldest and largest in the US and offers the Tribal Law Journal and a certificate option. The Natural Resources Certificate Program offers the oldest resources journal in the US. The International Program is anchored by summer study in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 126
Seminars 18
Positions available in seminars 182
Positions available in simulation courses 136
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 120
Student activities (as provided by the school)
UNM students publish the Natural Resources Journal, New Mexico Law Review and Tribal Law Journal. Students compete in national contests in subjects ranging from health law to animal law to civil rights. They practice arguments in the Court of Appeals bldg next to the law school. UNM’s student organizations represent diverse backgrounds and interests. Students also extern with judges and lawyers.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 38
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 158
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 124
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 118
Full-time students involved in field placements 74
Full-time students involved in law journals 66
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 43
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 44

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 10.2:1 – Low
Full- and part-time faculty 61
Full-time minority faculty 46.4%
Part-time minority faculty 30.3%
Total faculty 79
Total faculty (men) 48.1%
Total faculty (women) 51.9%
Total faculty (minorities) 32.9%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#69 Best Law Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

#7 in Clinical Training

Law Ranking Scores

Score 48
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.4
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.9
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.05-3.69
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.33
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-161
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 157
Acceptance rate 25.7% – Low
Student-faculty ratio 10.2:1 – Low
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 51.1% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.3% – High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 88.3% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NM
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 88.4%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 363

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 362

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 1

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 3.5%
Second-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 1.2%
Female students discontinuing law school 1.1%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Susan L. Mitchell
Financial aid phone (505) 277-0958
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $14,532 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $32,661 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $8,518
Books $1,126
Miscellaneous expenses $5,224
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? No
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? No

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 21.0%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 4.1%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 1.4%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 3.6%
Median grant amount $4,650
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $2,050–$8,663
Full-time students receiving grants 30.1%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $63,793
Proportion who borrowed 88.7%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 75,120
Microform titles 39,324
Electronic titles 23,028
Other non-book titles 520
Total titles 137,991
Volumes (excluding microforms) 248,174
Volume equivalent microforms 191,292
Total volumes and volume equivalents 439,466
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 83
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 54
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 12
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 11
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 49
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 17
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 79
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 54
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 15
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 11
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 47
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule N/A

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school library
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 7
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 140
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 150
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 10
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 30
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? Yes

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 32,443
Total seats available for library users 303
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) UNM Law School is located in Bratton Hall on the north edge of the UNM campus. The architecture is a blend of southwestern and modern styles. Bratton Hall is constructed around a large forum that connects all wings of the building. The Library, located in Bratton Hall, is the largest legal research facility in New Mexico, offering services to the school community as well as to the general public.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NM
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 88.3% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 88.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 92
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 51.1%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.3%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 51.1%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 44.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.3%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 0.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 6.5%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $49,000
Median private sector starting salary $57,500
75th percentile private sector starting salary $69,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 50%
Median public service starting salary $42,500

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 4.8%
Percent employed in business and industry 2.4%
Percent employed in government 19.0%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 14.3%
Percent employed in law firms 50.0%
Percent employed in public interest 9.5%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 90%
Graduates employed out-of-state 10.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 6
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 1.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 0.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 4.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 93.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations UNM provides career services and support for law students and graduates in NM and beyond. Because UNM is a small school with a strong alumni base that has no local competition and because its graduates make up around 100 of the 350 or more bar applicants in NM each year, students tend to have a strong advantage in job hunting in the public and private sectors. Many grads clerk for judges.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 79.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 97.3%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 8.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 71.4%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 4.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 25.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A

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