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Perhaps as important as what is being taught is the environment in which it is presented. The University of New Mexico School of Law is a place where ideas can be shared and discussed in an open and encouraging environment.
The variety of backgrounds and interests brought by the student body encourages the development of these ideas providing a rich source of perspectives and analysis.
New Mexico is a land like no other. Shaped by volcanic fire, desert wind, and monsoon rain, it is aptly named The Land of Enchantment. The state’s warm seasons make outdoor activities such as mountain climbing, running, biking, ballooning, and hang gliding possible. In cooler months, the rugged northern mountains offer skiers and snow-mobilers some of the best terrain and snow conditions in the country. Laced with National and State Parks, New Mexico's wilderness is a combination of unique lakes, rivers, and desert plateaus with historic monuments, peaceful campsites, and scenic trails.
The beautiful land of New Mexico is enhanced by its people, their culture, and their history. The rich and fascinating cultural landscape of New Mexico is a combination of many cultures -- Spanish, Mexican, African American, Native American, Anglo, and Asian. This unique cultural situation makes New Mexico a mecca for museums and galleries, as well as artists, writers, poets, filmmakers, and musicians.
..."Between the mountains and the mesas runs a river. Astride it stands a city. A city that embodies the diversity of cultures and breadth of ideals that are uniquely American.”
Situated on the banks of the historic Rio Grande, Albuquerque is the home of the University of New Mexico. With a population of approximately 700,000, the city is both the geographic and demographic center of the state.
The campus of the University lies a mile above sea level. The law school is located on the north campus along with the medical school, nursing school, and the UNM Hospital.
The city is bordered on the east by the rugged 10,678-foot Sandia Mountains and on the west by a volcanic mesa. Albuquerque receives abundant sunshine and an annual rainfall of 9 inches. While summers are warm, the city's high elevation and low humidity moderate the temperature. Winter storms are brief, and snow does not linger in the city, yet snow accumulations in the nearby mountains make it possible to ski on a winter morning and play tennis or golf in the afternoon.
Albuquerque is one of the major cultural centers of the Southwest, offering museums, art galleries, restaurants, theater and musical groups, and displaying traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. The performing arts are popular, and UNM's Popejoy Hall is host to more than 150 local and professional performances a year.
Albuquerque is also a major scientific and research center. Several firms specializing in technology are located in Albuquerque, including Motorola and Intel, as well as laser and optics companies. The interaction of these entities has led New Mexico to develop the statewide Rio Grande Research Corridor to encourage the growth of high technology in New Mexico. At the same time, Albuquerque has remained close to its past. Within easy reach of the city, centuries-old Hispanic villages and nearby Indian pueblos have retained a strong cultural and visual identity. The University and the state of New Mexico offer law students a broad range of cultural and extracurricular activities. In addition, the law school sponsors lectures, seminars, and social activities.