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.