The University of New Mexico School of Law ranks 22nd nationwide in the second annual Top 50 Law Schools ranking by Above the Law, up four places from last year.

The UNM School of Law received a grade of A+ from students and an A from alumni in the ATL profile. The site refers to the in-state tuition of $15,701, enrollment of 346 students, and 9:1 student/faculty ratio, in addition to other data.

The outcome-based ATL rankings focus on real law jobs, quality full-time positions, school costs, and alumni satisfaction. They are the only known rankings to incorporate the latest American Bar Association employment data concerning the class of 2013.

The ATL rankings methodology consists of:

  • 30 percent on employment score
  • 30 percent on quality jobs score
  • 15 percent on education cost
  • 10 percent on alumni rating
  • 7.5 percent on active federal judges, and
  • 7.5 percent on Supreme Court of the United States clerks

The focus at the UNM School of Law is on teaching practical lawyering in a small, intimate learning environment. Students at the School graduate with hands-on skills and concrete legal experience, outpacing the national rate for securing full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage by 15 percent, according to recent data from the American Bar Association.