The objective of the Financial Literacy Program is to promote and encourage the study of financial education, as well as facilitating credit analysis and budgeting skills to promote financial choice and socioeconomic independence.
The UNM School of Law Financial Literacy Program combines educating the youth in our community, scholarly studies about credit and lending, and free financial services for adults in the community to help break cycles of poverty by giving them the tools they will need to achieve their goals.
The Financial Literacy Program has taught at South Valley Academy, Sandia Pueblo, Del Norte High School and the New Mexico School for the Deaf. We combine interactive games, personal anecdotes, technology, as well as established methods to teach important financial concepts that students their age will soon be facing, like credit card debt, college tuition expenses, buying their first car, or how to save up for an important purchase.
UNM School of Law offers a weekend Financial Literacy class every semester for law students and members of the community wishing to learn more about credit, budgeting, and investing.
The Program is also conducting various research projects aimed at making New Mexico laws more consumer friendly, as well as holding lenders responsible for their role in creating and keeping people trapped within the poverty cycle.
Legal Professionals are both highly trained and highly compensated, a combination which presents the group with particular barriers to building wealth. Our Financial Literacy for Legal Professionals offers assistance to legal professionals.
The UNM Financial Literacy Program is also committed to being a resource for community members who need assistance with budgeting, balancing their checkbooks, or preparing their taxes. We hold regular office hours and are available by appointment to meet with anyone who is interested in teaching financial literacy, receiving help with their finances, planning for the future, or simply learning more about any of the many financial topics we teach.
We collaborate with UNM’s Tax Law Club and the AARP to offer free tax preparation each year for the members of the community. The tax preparation takes place each year from January 20th to April 15th in room 2424 at the law school.
For more information on tax prep hours or to volunteer, please call (505) 272-3521 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.