Graduating with hands-on skills and concrete legal experience, University of New Mexico School of Law students outpace the national rate for securing long-term jobs that require bar passage by 15 percent, according to the latest data provided by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

The national rate for full-time, long-term legal employment is 57 percent. At UNM law, the rate is 73.7 percent. The data covers the employment status of the 2013 graduates of ABA-approved law schools as of February 15, 2014, approximately nine months after spring 2013 graduation.

UNM School of Law Dean David J. Herring said, “It is a noteworthy accomplishment for the UNM School of Law to rate significantly higher than the national rate for long-term legal employment. The positive employment rate for our graduates reflects the high caliber of education and training our students receive at UNM law.”

Interpreting the Data
The National Law Journal analyzed the ABA data in the April 14, 2014 article, “Which Law Schools are Tops for Jobs?” with charts that break down the information into eight charts.

In Where the Jobs Are, a chart showing which law schools  have the most 2013 graduates in large firm jobs, federal and state clerkships, and government and public interest jobs, the UNM Law School is ranked 18th out of more than 200 law schools, coming in between Yale (17) and Georgetown (19).

In a Government & Public Interest chart showing which law schools have the most 2013 graduates in government jobs, such as prosecutors, or public interest jobs, such as public defenders or nonprofit attorneys, UNM Law is 14th.

“Clearly UNM law is one of the leaders in the nation in terms of starting their graduates on a path to successful careers as lawyers,” Herring said. 

In an employment report listing full-time, long-term, bar-passage-required jobs—excluding solo practitioners issued by Law School Transparency, UNM is ranked 22nd nationally, and is the first school ranked which did not employ any of its graduates in one of these positions.

Heather Harrigan, assistant dean for Career Services, said the law school’s curriculum, clinical program and very active relationship with the Bench and Bar contribute to the law school’s employment rates. “The close-knit legal community in New Mexico provides countless opportunities for our students to collaborate, receive training and gain employment. It’s rewarding to work with such talented and motivated students and graduates and to see the high level of support provided by the legal community," she said.