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 best-value law school in the Southwest and the 11th best in the nation. With in-state tuition at $16,251 and non-resident tuition at $34,521, it is one of the most affordable schools in the nation.

That has helped the school grow and prosper at a time when many schools are struggling financially.

“We aren’t shrinking out faculty,” said Dean David J. Herring. “We’re actually growing.”

But the school is still one of the smallest in the region, with only 345 students, and it has the lowest student-faculty ratio at 8.64-to-1. That allows the school to offer students the smallest first-year classes in the region.

“Each first-year section is up to 40 students, which allows for very personal contact,” Herring said. “It also allows for a lot of formative feedback, not just taking a final exam at the end of the course and then getting feedback.”

Herring said the law school’s diversity is an important part of what makes University of New Mexico unique.

“The diversity of our student body [is vast], certainly in race but also in terms of age,” he said. “Our students tend to be people who have been out working for a few years. The average age is 27. They bring real insights to the classroom.”

A total of 88.6 percent of University of New Mexico students were professionally employed within nine months of graduation including 78.95 percent in positions that required a law license. Herring points to externships and clinical opportunities as a strong basis for students’ work outside law school.

“Our clinic program here is required,” Herring said. “They have opportunities to pursue clinics in different areas. We have a Southwest Indian law clinic, which exposes them to work with tribes and Native American clients with really complex legal issues.”

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75th Percentile1573.67
25th Percentile1503.2
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$4000
Percent receiving grants51.40%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 93.70%
NJ Employment83.9
Bar Passage84.40%
Academic Profile
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