The University of New Mexico School of Law’s Clinical Education Program ranked ninth in the nation in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report Clinical Program rankings.

“Clinical legal education is growing in importance and relevance to successful entry into the profession," School of Law Dean David Herring said. "As law schools around the country try to enhance their clinical offerings, it is important to be a leader in this area." He noted the program as "pioneering, inclusive and required." 

The University of New Mexico School of Law was one of the first law schools in the country to create a mandatory in-house, live-client clinic where students earn law school credit while representing real clients under the supervision of tenured and tenure-track faculty. UNM Law is committed to preparing its graduates to the fullest extent possible for the practice of law and our Clinical Program plays a key role creating practice-ready law graduates, Herring said.

Working in multidisciplinary teams in the clinics, students enhance their legal practice skills through hands-on learn problem solving and skill-building client relations. UNM Law students have appeared in Metropolitan Court, District Courts, Tribal Courts, the New Mexico Court of Appeals and the New Mexico Supreme Court as part of their clinical training. The UNM School of Law Clinical Education Program currently offers four areas of focus including, Business and Tax, Community Lawyering, Law Practice, and Southwest Indian Law to ensure students are client-ready upon graduation.

“We are proud of our long tradition of serving as national leaders in clinical legal education. We look forward to providing each of our law students with the opportunity to serve clients and our community,” said April Land, associate dean for Clinical Affairs. The UNM Law Clinical Program has consistently ranked at or near the top ten in the country since its inception.