Graduating with hands-on skills and concrete legal experience, University of New Mexico School of Law students outpace the national rate for securing long-term jobs that require bar passage by 15%, according to the latest data provided by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
The national rate for full-time, long-term legal employment is 57.0%. At UNM Law, the rate is 73.7%. The data covers the employment status of the 2013 graduates of ABA-approved law schools as of Feb. 15, 2014, approximately nine months after spring 2013 graduation.
"It is a noteworthy accomplishment for the UNM Law School to rate significantly higher than the national rate for long-term legal employment," says David J. Herring, Dean of the UNM Law School. "The positive employment rate for our graduates reflects the high caliber of education and training our students receive at UNM Law."
The National Law Journal analyzed the ABA data in the April 14, 2014 article, "Which Law Schools are Tops for Jobs?" with charts that break down the information into eight charts.
In Where the Jobs Are, a chart showing which law schools have the most 2013 graduates in large firm jobs, federal and state clerkships, and government and public interest jobs, the UNM Law School is ranked 18th out of over 200 law schools, between Yale (17) and Georgetown (19).
In a Government & Public Interest chart showing which law schools have the most 2013 graduates in government jobs, such as prosecutors, or public interest jobs, such as public defenders or nonprofit attorneys, UNM Law is 14th.
"Clearly UNM Law is one of the leaders in the nation in terms of starting their graduates on a path to successful careers as lawyers," comments Herring.
In an employment report listing full-time, long-term, bar-passage-required jobs—excluding solo practitioners issued by Law School Transparency, UNM is ranked 22nd nationally, and is the first school ranked which did not employ any of its graduates in one of these positions.
Heather Harrigan, Assistant Dean for Career Services, says the law school's curriculum, clinical program, and very active relationship with the Bench and Bar contribute to the law school's employment rates. "The close-knit legal community in New Mexico provides countless opportunities for our students to collaborate, receive training, and gain employment," says Harrigan. "It's rewarding to work with such talented and motivated students and graduates and to see the high level of support provided by the legal community."
"In Where the Jobs Are, a chart showing which law schools have the highest percentage of 2013 graduates in long-term, full-time, bar passage required jobs that are not funded by the school, the UNM Law School is ranked 18th out of over 200 law schools, between Yale (17) and Georgetown (19). These positions span all segments of the market, including law firms, federal and state clerkships, business, government, and public interest. In a Government & Public Interest chart showing which law schools have the highest percentage of 2013 graduates in government jobs, such as prosecutors or public interest jobs, public defenders or nonprofit attorneys, UNM Law is 14th."