The University of New Mexico School of Law

The University of New Mexico School of Law

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The University of New Mexico School of Law is the No. 1 law school in the nation for Native Americans and No. 2 school in the nation for Hispanics. It has received an A+ for its Environmental Law program two years running.  With in-state tuition at $17,064 and non-resident tuition at $37,592 it is one of the most affordable schools in the nation. It also performs above its weight class when it comes to employment with an 84.8 percent employment rate.

The school is one of the smallest in the region, with an enrollment usually around 350 students, and the school has one of the lowest student-faculty ratios at less than 6-to-1. That allows the school to offer students a small first-year class size. Each section is around 40 students, allowing for personal contact and formative feedback.

The law school’s diversity is an important part of what makes the University of New Mexico unique. In addition to a racially diverse student body, the school was second Most Chosen by Older Students and was named No. 10 for Most Diverse Faculty. 

The school’s Clinic program is required, giving students opportunities to pursue clinics in different areas, including a Southwest Indian law clinic, which allows them to work with tribes and Native American clients with very complex legal issues.

Strengths: Environmental Law A+, Native American Law, Diversity, student to faculty ratio

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75th Percentile1563.64
25th Percentile1513.09
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$4600
Percent receiving grants59.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 86.70%
NJ Employment82.57
Bar Passage85.57%
Academic Profile
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Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Tax Law
Trial Advocacy