University of New Mexico School of Law

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University of New Mexico School of Law

Located in Albuquerque, the School of Law is known for its small classes, easy student-faculty interaction, and programs in clinical law, natural resources law, and Indian law. The excellent student-to-faculty ratio, one of the best in the country, facilitates a sense of community in the educational experience. It also allows the school to offer more courses with smaller enrollments. The school is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). The University of New Mexico is the state's flagship institution, with approximately 33,000 students on its main and branch campuses. The Juris Doctor (JD) program offers a full-time day curriculum. Students normally complete the required 86 hours of law credit for the JD degree in three academic years (six semesters). A limited number of entering students may be admitted to the Flexible Time Program, which allows students to take fewer credit hours per semester and graduate in five academic years. All students must take the standard first-year curriculum, including basic courses in torts, contracts, civil procedure, property, criminal law, and constitutional law. Emphasis is also placed on the skills of advocacy: legal writing, oral argument, litigation, counseling, and negotiation. First-year classes range in size from approximately 18 to 58 students. After completion of the first-year curriculum, courses are elective except for Ethics and a clinical program. Typically, one half of the electives have fewer than 15 students. Every student must complete the advanced writing requirement.

Contact Info


Website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/
Address: 1117 Stanford Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Admission Phone: (505) 277-0958
Admission Email: [email protected]

2016 Quick Overview

The Below Data Compiled By: The American Bar Association 

Students346
Student-faculty ratio12:1
Tuition $18,104 per year (full-time, in-state)
$37,845 per year (full-time, out-of-state)
N/A per year (part-time, in-state)
N/A per year (part-time, out-of-state)
Tuition Guarantee Program0
Estimated Living Expenses$16,334
Founded In1949
ABA AccreditedYes
Application deadline03/01/17
Full-time program application fee$ 50
Financial Aid Deadline03/01/17
Can first years start other than fall?No

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University of New Mexico School of Law

Real Time Applicant Admissions Data

University of New Mexico School of Law

Real Time HIC User Applicant Status Admissions Data

Actual(A)/Practice(P)

Username LSAT GPA Status Scholarship Sent Received Decision Updated
ErikaCBinnix 154 A 3.75

Accepted

- - - 2 years ago
acushnyr 162 P 3.87

Interested In Applying

- - - 2 months ago
Bbrader 174 P 3.84

Interested In Applying

- - - 6 months ago
Total Full-Time Part-Time
Number of Applicants684684
Number of Offers327327
Number of Matriculants120120
75% GPA3.673.67
Median GPA3.453.45
25% GPA3.143.14
75% LSAT156156
Median LSAT153153
25% LSAT151151
2016 Scholarship Data
Total Number of Students338
Total Students Receiving Grants176
% of Students Receiving Grants52
75% Grant Amount$6,925
Median Grant Amount$4,000
25% Grants Amount$1,500
Scholarships awarded based on maintaining a certain academic performance
Offering Conditional Scholarships:Yes
Students Entering With a Scholarship22
Eliminated (Students who lost scholarship)12
% of Students Who Lost Scholarship54

  • % of Total Less Than Half Tuition (43)
  • % of Total Half to Full Tuition (5)
  • % of Total Full Tuition (1)
  • % of Total More than Full Tuition (11)

2016 Ethnicity Statistics

  • White (53)
  • Hispanics (21)
  • Black or African American (5)
  • Asian (2)
  • American Indian / Native (6)
  • Other (11)
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Total (1)
  • Two or more races Total (22)
  • Nonresident Alien Total (1)
  • Race and Ethnicity Unknown Total (11)


  • Total Women% (54)
  • Total Men% (45)
University of New Mexico School of Law Bar Exam Statistics
YearTakersPass%State Average%Average Pass Difference%
2017 99 88.89%
2016 112 71.43%
2015 106 91.51%

Total Graduates 2016

  • Employed Bar Exam Required (279)
  • Employed J.D. Advantage (102)
  • Employed Other (69)
  • Unemployed (102)
  • Pursuing Graduate Degree (3)

The Above Data Compiled By:  The American Bar Association