The University of New Mexico School of Law was ranked one of the country’s best value law schools by National Jurist magazine. The school was rated eighth out of 200 ABA-accredited law schools, based on a number of factors.
In its rankings, the magazine seeks to find law schools where graduates have the best chance of passing the bar and getting a legal job, without piling up a huge amount of debt. The magazine’s editors consider the percentage of graduates who pass the bar exam and the percentage who find a job. They weigh these factors against tuition, cost of living and average indebtedness after graduation.
To reflect a more accurate employment picture, this year the magazine’s editors gave more weight to full-time, long-term, bar-passage-required employment. In past years, the employment rate gave the same weight to any kind of employment following law-school graduation, whether it was in the legal field or not. This new formula resulted in lower employment statistics nationally and caused a number of schools to drop in the rankings, in some cases, out of the top 20.
The UNM School of Law retained its high ranking: in 2011 the school ranked in the top 10 and continued to show up as a high-value law school in 2012.
August 31, 2012