UNM jumps in environmental law rankings

April 2, 2020

Environmental law students pose for photo

Students gain hands on experience representing clients through UNM's Natural Resources and Environmental Law Clinic. Recent clinic students are pictured with Professors Gabe Pacyniak (far left), Jeannette Wolfley (second from right) and Cliff Villa (far right).k

The University of New Mexico School of Law made a significant move up the annual US News and World Report national rankings in Environmental Law, coming in at No. 33 (tied with three other law schools at that rank, including the University of Arizona). UNM rose dramatically in the rankings, having been No. 50 the year before, climbing the most spots of any school in the top 33.

“UNM Law has a long tradition of excellence in this field, and we continue to build our program in Natural Resources and Environmental Law (NREL),” said NREL Program Director Reed Benson. “Our new US News ranking shows that we are increasingly being recognized as a leading school for environmental law.”

New Mexico also earned an A+ in preLaw magazine’s 2021 environmental law ratings, one of only 16 schools nationally to receive that grade. It is UNM’s second straight A+ from preLaw, which bases its grades on the offerings and opportunities that law schools make available to students.

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