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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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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