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                            University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, NM
                            [By Jen Woods]
                            Law students in New Mexico have unique career opportunities, as the state has only one law school.




University of New Mexico (UNM) School of           Under the supervision of faculty, students        methodology. Each year, the career and
Law students are often invited to state bar        represent clients in the surrounding              student services department sponsors
events like the District Attorney Conference,      communities. They have opportunities to           a mock interview program in addition to
and they frequently submit papers and give         interview and counsel clients, plan case          ongoing programs covering topics such as
presentations at meetings and conferences.         strategy, and appear in court.                    resume writing.
The university has established strong
relationships with many private law firms          UNM’s law school is the first law school          New Mexico offers many opportunities for
and state and federal agencies, as well as         to initiate programs to help increase the         people who like outdoor activities. Dozens
with public interest legal institutions, which     numbers of Native Americans and Alaskan           of national and state parks are scattered
interview students on campus. Since there          Natives working in the legal industry. In New     throughout the state, which consists of a
are no nearby law schools to compete with,         Mexico, there are 22 federally recognized         unique combination of lakes, rivers, and
students’ odds of being recruited on campus        tribal jurisdictions and governments. Tribal,     desert plateaus. During the warm seasons,
are significantly higher.                          state, and federal governments are subject        some of the area’s most popular activities
                                                   to federal Indian law.                            include mountain climbing, biking, ballooning
Classes are extremely small, with a student to                                                       (riding in hot air balloons), and hang gliding.
faculty ratio of 0 to one. First-year classes     New Mexico attorneys encounter federal Indian     In the cooler months, many students take
range in size from 3 to 58 students. The          law issues so often that the New Mexico bar       advantage of the snow conditions and terrain
school’s intimate setting allows professors to     exam now covers them. Since about 90% of          by skiing and snowmobiling.
work individually with students, both in and       the law school’s graduates practice in New
out of the classroom. Nearly all of the 34 full-   Mexico, the university’s Indian law program is    The university is located in Albuquerque, the
time faculty members are UNM alumni.               especially appealing to students.                 largest city in New Mexico. Albuquerque
                                                                                                     is considered one of the major cultural
In order to keep classes small, admissions         Students enrolled in the Indian law program       centers in the Southwest and is home
are competitive. About 5 out of ,400            can participate in the Southwest Indian Law       to   many museums, art galleries, theaters,
applicants are admitted each year. Accepted        Clinic (SILC), the Tribal Law Journal, or the     restaurants, and musical groups. The
students have an average undergraduate             Native American Law Students Association          performing arts are especially popular in
GPA of 3.4 and an average LSAT score of 55.       (NALSA).                                          the region, and UNM’s Popejoy Hall hosts
                                                                                                     more than 50 amateur and professional
Several joint degrees are offered, including       While the school offers study-abroad              performances each year.
a J.D./M.A. in Public Administration, a            programs all over the world, most
J.D./M.B.A., a J.D./M.A. in Latin American         opportunities are at Guanajuato Summer Law        ON THE NET
Studies, and a J.D./M.A. in Water Resources.       Institute in Central Mexico. The law school’s
                                                                                                     University of New Mexico School of Law
Students can pursue other dual degrees with        direct exchange programs allow students
                                                                                                     lawschool.unm.edu/index.php
the permission of both the graduate school         to take classes at law schools in other
and the law school. In addition, students can      countries for one or two semesters.
                                                                                                     Albuquerque: Official City Website
earn certificates in Indian law and natural
                                                                                                     www.cabq.gov
resources law.                                     Career counseling and job placement
                                                   help are available to both students and           New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners
UNM law students are required to participate       graduates. Students receive one-on-one            www.nmexam.org
in the university’s clinical program.              career guidance and help with job search


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