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From the day they arrive at the UNM School of Law, students begin a professional journey that emphasizes a commitment to practical lawyering in a small, intimate learning environment.

Students at the UNM School of Law must complete 86 credit hours in order to earn their J.D. and most do so in three years.

By design, the school has remained small, admitting a first-year class of about 115 students every fall. A 9:1 student-faculty ratio allows for a flexibility that has resulted in a progressive and innovative curriculum.

The faculty has embraced a legal reform movement spurred by the groundbreaking book, Best Practices for Legal Education. The school also is one of 10 law schools nationwide charged with examining ways to improve legal education as part of a project funded by the Carnegie Foundation.