Juris Doctor

Degree Offered

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)

The University of New Mexico School of Law offers a full-time course of study leading to the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.).

Admission Requirements

Information about the procedure for applying to the School of Law is contained in the School of Law Catalog. All applicants for admission to the School of Law are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), to register for the Law School Data Assembly Service and to have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university before time of registration. Application material is available after September 1; the application deadline is February 1.

Beginning law students are admitted at the opening of the fall semester only. No part-time students are admitted.

Graduation Requirements

Detailed information about graduation requirements for the School of Law is contained in the School of Law Bulletin and Handbook of Policies. To be graduated from the University of New Mexico with a J.D. degree, a student must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Residence: The student must spend the equivalent of at least two full academic years in residence at accredited law schools.
  2. Credit hours: The student must earn at least 86 credit hours of law.
  3. Grade point average: The student must attain at least a 2.00 overall grade point average.
  4. Required Courses:

      • First-year: The student must take the full first-year curriculum offered upon entrance.
      • Professional responsibility: The student must take and pass a professional responsibility course: Ethics (LAW 750).
      • Clinic: The student must participate satisfactorily in at least 6 credit hours of clinical law school credit, as prescribed by the faculty. No extern field experience courses or skills courses apply toward this requirement. There are prerequisites and/or corequisites for all clinical courses.
      • Legal Research: The student must take the course Legal Research in their second year.
      • Writing requirement: Students are required to complete the Writing Requirement by completing two classes: a writing seminar and a drafting class.

Courses

LAW 500. Comparative & Historical Legal Perspectives. (1-3)



LAW 501. Introduction to Constitutional Law. (3-4)



LAW 502. Contracts I. (2-4)



LAW 504. Criminal Law. (3-4)



LAW 505. International Law. (2-3)



LAW 506. Elements of Legal Argumentation I . (1-4)



LAW 507. Practicum. (1-2)



LAW 508. Property I. (2-4)



LAW 510. Torts. (3-4)



LAW 512. Civil Procedure I. (2-4)



LAW 513. Elements of Legal Argumentation II. (3-4)



LAW 515. Conflicts Indian Law. (1-3)



LAW 516. Entertainment Law. (2-3)



LAW 517. Trial Practice. (2-3)



LAW 520. Business Associations I. (2-3)



LAW 523. Secured Transactions. (1-3)



LAW 524. Community Property. (1-3)



LAW 525. Conflict of Laws. (1-4)



LAW 526. Constitutional Rights. (1-4)



LAW 527. Business Planning. (2-4)



LAW 528. Legal Research I. (1)



LAW 529. Criminal Procedure I-4th, 5th, 6th Amendments. (1-3)



LAW 530. Federal Estate and Gift Tax. (1-3)



LAW 531. Health Law. (1-5)



LAW 532. Evidence. (2-4)



LAW 533. Family Law I. (3-4)



LAW 534. Federal Income Tax. (3-4)



LAW 535. Health Law Moot Court. (1-2)



LAW 537. Labor Law. (1-3)



LAW 538. Natural Resources Journal I. (2-3)



LAW 539. Natural Resources Journal II. (2-3)



LAW 540. Copyright Law. (2-3)



LAW 541. Human Rights Law. (2-3)



LAW 543. Animal Law Moot Court Competition. (1)



LAW 544. Oil and Gas. (1-3)



LAW 546. Antitrust Law I. (2-3)



LAW 547. Water Law. (2-3)



LAW 548. Refugee and Asylum Law. (2-3)



LAW 550. Mediation. (2)



LAW 551. Family Mediation Training. (2)



LAW 552. Federal Jurisdiction. (2-3)



LAW 553. Financial Literacy. (1-2)



LAW 554. Indian Water Law. (2-3)



LAW 555. Jurisprudence. (2-3)



LAW 556. National Hispanic Moot Court. (1-2)



LAW 557. Wills and Trusts. (1-4)



LAW 558. Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition. (1)



LAW 559. National Native American Moot Court. (1-2)



LAW 561. Indian Land Claims. (2-3)



LAW 562. Indian Tax. (2-3)



LAW 563. National Moot Court Competition. (1-3)



LAW 564. Indian Gaming. (2-3)



LAW 565. Natural Resources. (1-3)



LAW 566. Taxation of Business Enterprises. (2-3)



LAW 567. National Mock Trial Competition. (1-3)



LAW 568. Natural Resources Journal III. (3)



LAW 569. Natural Resources Journal IV. (2 )



LAW 570. Introduction to Alternate Methods of Dispute Resolution. (2-3)



LAW 571. Native American Rights. (2-3)



LAW 573. Computer Law. (2-3)



LAW 575. Western Water Policy. (2-3)



LAW 577. Spanish for Lawyers I. (2)



LAW 578. Natural Resources: Indian Country. (1-3)



LAW 579. Tribal Courts. (2-3)



LAW 580. Environmental Law. (1-3)



LAW 581. Insurance. (2-3)



LAW 582. Economic Development in Indian Country. (2-3)



LAW 584. Indian Law. (2-3)



LAW 586. Tribal Law Journal IV-Editors. (2)



LAW 587. Tribal Law Journal IV-Staff. (1)



LAW 588. Legal History of New Mexico. (1-3)



LAW 589. Information, Technology and Law. (2-3)



LAW 593. Topics in Law. (1-9, no limit Δ)



LAW 594. Independent Research. (1-3)



LAW 595. Tribal Law Journal I-Staff. (1)



LAW 596. Tribal Law Journal I-Editors. (1-2)



LAW 597. Tribal Law Journal II-Editors. (2)



LAW 598. Tribal Law Journal II-Staff. (1)



LAW 600. Immigration Law Practicum. (3-4)



LAW 601. Art Law. (2-3)



LAW 602. Patent Law. (2-3)



LAW 603. Jessup International Moot Court. (1-2)



LAW 604. Immigration Law Practicum. (1-4)



LAW 605. Advanced Constitutional Rights. (2-3)



LAW 606. Civil Procedure II. (3-4)



LAW 607. Employment Law. (2-3)



LAW 608. Property II. (3-4)



LAW 609. Advanced Legal Writing. (2-3)



LAW 613. Sexual Orientation and the Law. (2-3)



LAW 614. Administrative Law. (2-3)



LAW 621. Legal Research II. (1)



LAW 622. Payment Systems. (1-3)



LAW 623. Sales of Goods. (2-3)



LAW 624. Mexican Legal Systems. (2-3)



LAW 625. Supreme Court Decision-Making. (2-3)



LAW 626. International Criminal Law. (2-3)



LAW 627. Criminal Procedure II-Bail to Jail. (2-3)



LAW 628. Law of Indigenous People. (2-3)



LAW 629. Bankruptcy. (1-3)



LAW 631. Remedies. (2-4)



LAW 632. Evidence/Trial Practice. (3-6)



LAW 633. Advanced Trial Practice. (2-6)



LAW 634. Children's Law. (2-3)



LAW 635. Land Use Regulation. (2-3)



LAW 636. NAFTA: A Comparative Approach. (2-3)



LAW 639. New Mexico Law Review II. (2-3)



LAW 641. Overview of Mexican Business Law. (2-3)



LAW 642. Sports Law. (2-3)



LAW 643. Spanish for Lawyers II. (2)



LAW 644. Specialized Legal Research. (1-2)



LAW 645. Trademark Law. (2-3)



LAW 646. Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. (1)



LAW 648. Indian Gaming. (2-3)



LAW 650. Mental Health and Retardation Law. (2-3)



LAW 654. State & Local Tax. (2-3)



LAW 659. Tax Exempt Organizations. (2-3)



LAW 660. American Bar Association Negotiation Moot Court Competition. (1)



LAW 661. Williams Institute Moot Court Competition. (1)



LAW 662. Mental Disability and Criminal Law. (1-3)



LAW 663. Topics in Comparative Law. (1-3 to a maximum of 24 Δ)



LAW 665. First Amendment Rights: Church and State. (2-3)



LAW 667. Immigration Law. (2-3)



LAW 668. New Mexico Law Review III. (3)



LAW 669. New Mexico Law Review IV. (2)



LAW 670. Animal Law. (2-3)



LAW 679. International Business Transactions. (2-3)



LAW 690. Bioethics. (1-5)



LAW 691. Intellectual Property Law. (2-3)



LAW 710. Pre-Trial Practice. (2-3)



LAW 714. Law Office Management. (1-3)



LAW 718. Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiations. (1-3)



LAW 720. Mexican Externship Program. (2-3)



LAW 721. Law Extern Program. (2-3)



LAW 725. Alternate Disposition Resolution Externship. (2-3)



LAW 726. Community Lawyering Clinic. (1-6)



LAW 727. Southwest Indian Law Clinic. (1-6)



LAW 728. Business and Tax Clinic. (6)



LAW 729. Advanced Clinic. (1-3)



LAW 730. Criminal Law in Practice. (4-6)



LAW 740. Law Practice Clinic. (1-6)



LAW 744. Judicial Extern. (2-3)



LAW 750. Ethics. (2-3)



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