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January 18, 2005
Volume 40, Number 6

School of Law to offer courses in Santa Fe

The UNM School of Law could offer courses in Santa Fe as early as next summer as part of a pilot program.

Courses will be open to current law students as well as non-lawyers interested in legal education who hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Continuing legal education (CLE) courses offerings will also increase.

Dean Suellyn Scarnecchia formed a committee to explore the issue after receiving a request from a group of attorneys that included former governor Toney Anaya, president of Highlands University Board of Regents, Santa Fe attorney Michael Sutin, and retired attorney Fred Rowe, active in the Santa Fe community. Professor of Law Leo Romero chaired the committee.

“A demand for law courses seems to exist in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico, especially to serve the many civil servants working for state, county and local governments,” Scarnecchia said.

Santa Fe Community College may be willing to provide classroom space, she said.

For non-lawyers, a series of courses or curriculum will be developed pertaining to subjects such as public lands law, Indian law, art law or legal history.

Students currently enrolled in New Mexico’s only law school on the UNM Albuquerque main campus could earn up to 15 credit hours in Santa Fe.

Expanding service to the state is a strategic plan goal, Scarnecchia said.

“A pilot program will test the demand and demonstrate our genuine interest in reaching out to the state,” she said.