MSL Tuition, Fees, & Estimated Costs

Investing in a graduate degree is both a personal and a financial commitment. Our Law School is garnering incredible rankings and enthusiastic high marks from current students, graduates and employers. Why would you pay $50,000 or more in tuition when you could pay much less and get everything you're looking for in a Master of Studies in Law degree program?

The Financial Aid staff at UNM School of Law and UNM Graduate Studies are here to help you find ways to make your education affordable.

Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid:

  1. Need-based scholarships are available through the UNM School of Law. Please complete and submit the MSL Need-Based Scholarship Application to by the deadline.
  2. Assistantships, Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships are available through the UNM Graduate Studies Office. For more information or to apply please visit Funding for Graduate Students at UNM page.
  3. Federal Financial Aid: To apply for work-study and student loans all U.S. citizens and permanent residents must submit the Department of Education's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The school code for UNM is 002663. In addition to federal student loans and work-study eligible students may also apply for Alternative Student Loans and Veterans Benefits.

In addition to federal student loans and work-study eligible students may also apply for Alternative Student Loans and Veterans Benefits.


2021-2022 Academic Year


 Full-Time Tuition Per Semester (9 Credits)Full-Time Tuition Per Academic year (Fall & Spring at 9 Credits)
In-State Residents$6,798.60$13,597.20
Out-of-State Residents$15,087.24$30,174.48

Tuition Per Credit Hour

In-State Residents$755.40
Out-of-State Residents$1,676.36

Additional Required Fees

Curricular Fee 1$16.03 Per Credit Hour
Graduate & Professional School Association Fees$25.00 per semester

1. All MSL Students are charged a Curricular Fee each semester to cover costs including but not limited to Westlaw, Lexis, and CALI password; Extegrity Exam4 licenses; student copying and printing quotas; classroom and computer lab IT equipment including computers, monitors and software licenses; and emails and media servers, media center equipment and staff support.

* Summer Semester curricular fees are assessed for students enrolled in six (6) or more credits during the summer term.

Cost of Living Expenses

2021-2022 Estimated Cost of Living in addition to Tuition and Required Fees Independent Student living Off-Campus

Academic YearOne Semester
Room and Board$10,396.00$5,198.00
Books and Supplies$1,194.00$597.00

* This amount is in addition to tuition and required University and Law School fees.

Additional information on Tuition and Fees can be found on the UNM Student Financial Aid Office website. For information on New Mexico Residency, please visit the UNM School of Law Residency page.

Tuition is approved by the UNM Board of Regents each April for the upcoming academic year.

Additional Fees

Group Health & Accident Insurance

We encourage students to go out onto the Exchange (if they have a qualifying event) and purchase insurance. Please visit to see the options available. If you are a resident of New Mexico you may qualify for a Centennial plan, which is the new Medicaid. Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) has health care guides that can help students enroll in the Centennial plan. Please call 277-8000 or 277-7943 to schedule an appointment.

Students may seek health services on campus through the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHAC) which is available to all UNM students. Services include primary medical care, walk-in clinic, pharmacy, women’s and men’s health, allergy and immunization, medical specialty clinics, physical therapy, lab and X-ray, travel health clinic, counseling, health education and prevention.

Refund Policies

  • It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop or withdraw from UNM by the published deadline dates to insure proper credit of tuition and fees are received.
  • A course is not dropped by not attending. The exact dates for the current semester are available in the "Tuition & Fees" section on the Bursar’s website.
  • They are also available on the website of the Office of the Registrar, under the link, "Deadline Dates."
  • In general, deadline dates are as follows, excluding College of Nursing and Medical School:
    • 4-week courses...the first Friday following the first day of class
    • 8-week courses...the second Friday following the first day of class
    • 12-week courses...the second Friday following the first day of class
    • 16-week courses...the third Friday of the semester

For further information students should contact the School of Law Registrar  Ernest Tafoya.