Law in New Mexico

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Schools Offering Law Programs in New Mexico


Around 1.9% of New Mexico's graduates graduate from law degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 928 law professionals graduate from New Mexico's 30 law schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in New Mexico that has a law program is New Mexico State University-Main Campus. New Mexico State University-Main Campus, which was ranked 39th in the country in 2010, is located in Las Cruces. In 2010, New Mexico State University-Main Campus graduated 155 students from its law program. New Mexico State University-Main Campus charged in-state students $5,400 in tuition fees per year.

University of the Southwest, which was ranked 59th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in New Mexico that has a law program. It is located in Hobbs. In 2010, University of the Southwest graduated 5 students from its law program. The tuition rate at University of the Southwest was $14,500 per year.

The third-ranked school in New Mexico that has a law program is University of New Mexico-Main Campus. University of New Mexico-Main Campus, which was ranked 68th in the country in 2010, is located in Albuquerque. 215 students graduated with degree in law from University of New Mexico-Main Campus in 2010. The tuition rate at University of New Mexico-Main Campus was $5,506 per year.

Cost

If you choose to attend a New Mexico law school, average tuition will be $3,982 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $764 per year to $19,344 per year. In 2010, the law schools that charged the highest tuition rates in New Mexico were:

  1. ITT Technical Institute-Albuquerque - located in Albuquerque, students are charged $19,344 per year
  2. University of the Southwest - located in Hobbs, students are charged $14,500 per year
  3. National American University-Albuquerque - located in Albuquerque, students are charged $12,403 per year

The following New Mexico law schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso - located in Ruidoso, students are charged $764 per year
  2. Luna Community College - located in Las Vegas, students are charged $814 per year
  3. Clovis Community College - located in Clovis, students are charged $944 per year

A law degree from a New Mexico school... what next?

Some of the most popular jobs law graduates in New Mexico pursue include law clerk, police officer, court clerk, paralegal, and police detective. If you decide to work as a law professional in New Mexico, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 11,860 New Mexico law professional as of 2010. This number includes 2,440 lawyers, 30 law clerks, and 3,590 police officers. The largest populations of New Mexico law professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Bernalillo County - 5,060 law professionals
  2. Chaves County - 1,380 law professionals
  3. Cibola County - 1,060 law professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 14,610 law professionals will be working in New Mexico. This would require the number of law professional to grow by 13%.

Salary

On average, law professionals earn a salary of $46,113 per year in New Mexico state. However, this number is only an average. Law professional in New Mexico had varying salaries from $15,970 to $147,850 per year in 2010. The counties in New Mexico with the highest average salary for law professionals are:

  1. Santa Fe County - $69,097 per year
  2. Bernalillo County - $54,663 per year
  3. San Juan County - $54,160 per year

The New Mexico counties with the lowest average salary for law professionals are:

  1. Cibola County - $38,732 per year
  2. Catron County - $40,388 per year
  3. Dona Ana County - $44,350 per year

On average, the highest paid law professionals in New Mexico were:

  1. Lawyer - $93,410 per year
  2. Police Detective - $68,440 per year
  3. Police Officer - $43,400 per year

On average, the lowest paid law professionals in New Mexico were:

  1. Bailiff - $32,110 per year
  2. Court Clerk - $30,700 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in law in New Mexico and to compare salaries with various related fields such as forensic accounting or public administration, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Law in New Mexico
  • Bachelor's Degree in Law in New Mexico
  • Master's Degree in Law in New Mexico
  • Doctoral Degree in Law in New Mexico
  • Certificate in Law in New Mexico

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,156 miles from location Brown Mackie College-Albuquerque Albuquerque NM n/a n/a n/a
7,162 miles from location Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque NM 11.3262 n/a 27,999
7,163 miles from location University of New Mexico-Main Campus Albuquerque NM 31.7802 54% 27,241
7,200 miles from location New Mexico State University-Main Campus Las Cruces NM 60.5764 45% 18,526
7,201 miles from location New Mexico State University-Dona Ana Las Cruces NM 9.17134 n/a 9,021
7,225 miles from location San Juan College Farmington NM 10.8764 n/a 8,990
6,986 miles from location Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Portales NM 22.1305 52% 4,679
7,121 miles from location Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe NM 9.04201 n/a 4,630
7,158 miles from location University of Phoenix-Albuquerque Campus Albuquerque NM 15.0679 n/a 4,537
7,062 miles from location Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus Roswell NM 13.2979 n/a 4,347
6,974 miles from location Clovis Community College Clovis NM 5.1584 n/a 4,282
7,077 miles from location New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas NM 13.6265 n/a 3,739
7,146 miles from location New Mexico State University-Alamogordo Alamogordo NM 8.00277 n/a 3,641
7,283 miles from location Western New Mexico University Silver City NM 13.5482 n/a 3,370
7,273 miles from location University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus Gallup NM 7.222 n/a 2,839
6,990 miles from location New Mexico Junior College Hobbs NM 15.5192 n/a 2,313
7,170 miles from location University of New Mexico-Valencia County Branch Los Lunas NM 7.3321 n/a 2,170
7,121 miles from location Northern New Mexico College Espanola NM 14.3259 n/a 2,066
7,055 miles from location New Mexico State University-Carlsbad Carlsbad NM 6.0625 n/a 2,043
7,078 miles from location Luna Community College Las Vegas NM 9.23049 n/a 1,791
7,228 miles from location New Mexico State University-Grants Grants NM 9.85236 n/a 1,478
7,088 miles from location University of New Mexico-Taos Branch Ranchos De Taos NM 5.88764 n/a 1,429
6,999 miles from location Mesalands Community College Tucumcari NM 13.5852 n/a 991
7,127 miles from location Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Ruidoso NM 7.60232 n/a 920
7,239 miles from location Navajo Technical College Crownpoint NM 31.2529 n/a 751
7,159 miles from location ITT Technical Institute-Albuquerque Albuquerque NM 21.2857 100% 722
6,990 miles from location University of the Southwest Hobbs NM 40.5528 66% 528
7,158 miles from location National American University-Albuquerque Albuquerque NM 4.18669 n/a 432
7,165 miles from location Brookline College Albuquerque NM 16.566 n/a 383
7,162 miles from location National American University-Rio Rancho Rio Rancho NM 10.6625 n/a 226
 

Curious what studying Law gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in New Mexico

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers + 3,590 $43,400 -28.6%
2
Lawyers + 2,440 $93,410 23.9%
3
Detectives and Criminal Investigators + 1,790 $68,440 175.4%
4
Paralegals and Legal Assistants + 1,380 $39,430 3.8%
5
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists + 1,350 $39,170 26.2%
6
Legal Secretaries + 840 $35,130 2.4%
7
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks + 300 $30,700 -65.1%
8
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates + 100 $41,130 -63.0%
9
Bailiffs + 40 $32,110 -42.9%
10
Judicial Law Clerks + 30 $38,210
 

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