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Real Experience

The UNM School of Law clinical program, one of the oldest in the country, is consistently recognized as one of the top programs in the nation. Unlike students at many other law schools, all students at UNM complete a six credit-hour clinical course as part of the J.D. requirements.

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  About the Clinic

Learn more about our pioneering program.

  Mandatory Clinic Sections

Explore the many clinic sections.

  Clinic Faculty

Learn more about our world-class experienced faculty.

  Experiential Learning

Students gain valuable practical skills in a real-world setting.

Clinical Program

At the University of New Mexico School of Law, collaborative clinical teaching methods link the classroom and the community to the practice of law. Students gain real-world experience while our faculty continues to expand and enhance the program that helped to pioneer clinical legal education.

Mandatory Clinic Program

All students at UNM are required to complete a six credit-hour clinical course as part of the J.D. curriculum. Students represent actual clients with supervision by tenured and tenure-track faculty. Students participate in one of five clinical sections:

  • Community Lawyering Clinic
  • Child and Family Justice Clinic
  • Economic Justice Clinic
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Law Clinic
  • Southwest Indian Law Clinic

By the Numbers

100Percent of students required to participate in the clinical experience
8:1Student-to-faculty ratio in the Clinical Program
10Core clinical faculty
6Traditional course faculty rotate into the Clinical Program each year

The Clinical Experience