A condensed legal education
The MSL requires 30 hours of course credit that can be taken either full-time (one year) or part-time (up to four years).
One required introductory course
The only required class is a four-credit course called “Introduction to U.S. Law, Procedure and Legal Education” that is intended to provide MSL students with sufficient background in the U.S. legal system and the study of law to prepare them for upper-division law courses. Topics covered include the legal method, the common law system, judicial case and statutory analyses, the legal profession and core areas of the law, such as constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, property, and torts. This course is the proper forum for students’ basic questions about reading legal authority, the structure of the legal system, etc.
You select the remaining 26 credit hours (approximately 9 courses) depending on your course preference, area of focus, or optional concentration in Indian Law or Natural Resources and Environmental Law.
Small classes, high-quality instruction
The MSL program is limited to 8 full-time-equivalent (full-time plus part-time) students in order to maintain the UNM Law School’s 9:1 student-faculty ratio. Classes are taught by UNM Law School faculty at the law school on UNM’s north campus. Other than in the introductory course, MSL students take law classes side-by-side with JD students.
Flexible program – full-time or part-time
The MSL requires 30 hours of course credit that can be taken either full-time or part-time.
Applicants are admitted to the MSL program based on their ability to thrive in a demanding, competitive academic atmosphere, as evidenced by their academic record and professional accomplishments. The program accepts applications from individuals with baccalaureate degrees. Application material is available year-round on the Graduate Studies website.
Other topics you may want to cover include family background, obstacles you have overcome, and/or educational, volunteer, and/or work experiences. Personal statements typically range between two to three double-spaced pages.
Letters of recommendation must have been written within one year of the date of application. Recommendations that are more than one year old as of the date of application will not be accepted. Recommendations from family members or personal acquaintances are strongly discouraged
You may submit any supplemental academic, experiential, and reference materials to your application for consideration by the Admissions Committee. Neither the LSAT nor the GRE is required, but if you have taken these exams you may submit those scores and/or your GMAT, MCAT, SAT, and ACT scores, as applicable.
An interview may be required if deemed necessary by the Admissions Committee.
A law school Admissions Committee will review the applications and make admissions decisions.
Beginning MSL students will be admitted to start in the fall semester only.
If you have questions about the accreditation of your college or university, please contact the UNM Admissions Office at (505) 277-8900.