UNM Law School Recognized for Clinical Excellence

Associate Dean J. Michael NorwoodSince its creation in 1970, the clinical program at the UNM School of Law has consistently been a national leader in clinical education. As testament to its cutting-edge approach to legal education, the program consistently is ranked among the top 10 in the country in U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings of law schools in the field of clinical training.

This year, the magazine ranked the law school's clinical program fourth in the nation.

"We are honored to be once again recognized by the nation's leaders in the field of clinical education for our deep and longstanding commitment to prepare our students for legal practice at the highest level," says Professor Michael Norwood, associate dean for clinical affairs. "The top 10 list in the field of clinical training includes Georgetown, American, New York University, Washington University in St. Louis, City University of New York, Yale, Michigan and Stanford. We are humbled to find ourselves in such outstanding company.

"Nevertheless, we do this work, not to achieve national recognition, but because it is the right choice for our students and for the citizens of the State of New Mexico," he added. "We will always strive to get better at pursuing our dual missions of providing all of our students with excellent hands-on clinical training while, at the same time, instilling in them a career-long commitment to social justice and professionalism."