Pre-Law News

Spring Semester 2004

In February, many pre-law students from the UNM, NMSU, and the Albuquerque community participated in “Law School in a Box.” This program simulated a first year law school class and gave students an opportunity to interact with law faculty form Gonzaga University School of Law; students were also advised on fundamental dimensions of the application and financial aid process. Throughout the semester, evening advisement sessions were held and we discussed such matters as how to make academic choices that truly prepare students for the rigors of law school; how to weigh different LSAT preparation options; how various law professors describe law school; what to consider if you wish to compete for law review; how to improve upon personal statements.

In addition, UNM's pre-law program offered students the opportunity to observe a Panel Discussion entitled "Practicing Law in New Mexico."  This panel included Appellate Judge A. Joseph Alarid and ACLU Attorney Maureen Sanders. Finally, UNM's Department of English and the College of Arts and Sciences hosted a pre-law advisement session in which Margaret Romero offered her insights as a first year law student at UNM School of Law.

Fall Semester 2003

In addition to providing regular pre-law advisement sessions, UNM offered pre-law students the chance to attend Law Day. Law Day is the biggest pre-law event in New Mexico; it is a time for students to speak with law school representatives from all over the U.S.

In Fall 2003, 55 law schools visited campus to meet with UNM students. Law Day also included a mock admissions panel at which time admissions officials from various law schools explained how they make decisions on whom to admit/reject.

Ongoing. "The Journey to Law School." Personal journal by one of UNM's pre-law students. Published on-line to provide peer pre-law advising to all of UNM's pre-law students. Read about each step of the undergraduate pre-law preparation process, as experienced by a student at UNM. The journal will conclude when the student graduates from UNM and leaves for the law school of her choice.

December 2, 2003 at 12:15 p.m. and features New Mexico State Engineer John D’Antonio, who will discuss “New Mexico’s Water Future.” The state engineer is arguably the most powerful appointee concerned with water in New Mexico. He will present his views on New Mexico’s water future.

November 6, 2003 at 12:15 p.m., Alberto Szekely, Mexican ambassador-at-large for border resources issues will discuss, “U.S./Mexico Water Issues: What the Future Holds in Store.” The ambassador will focus on water agreements between the U.S. and Mexico and on water supply along the border.

October 8, 2003 at 5 p.m., Interstate Stream Commission Director Estevan Lopez, presents “New Mexico’s Interstate Water Compacts: What They Mean to Us.” The eight water compacts between New Mexico and neighboring states provide significant boundaries to New Mexico’s water use and water planning. Lopez will discuss the effect these compacts have on New Mexico water planning.

August 20, 2003. Peter A. Winograd, associate dean and professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law, has been re-elected to a three-year term as member of the Council of the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

April 10, 2003. Making the Transition to Law School. Three first year law students at UNM spoke to pre-law students about what law school is like. They offered personal refelctions on the challenges that await those who make the transition from being pre-law undergrads to becoming first year law students.

February, 27, 2003. Workshop on LSAT Preparation as a Process. Peer pre-law advisor Emma Whitley shared her experiences and research on LSAT preparation. Pre-law students discussed strategies and started forming LSAT preparation study groups. Also tips from the pre-law advisor were provided.

February 21, 2003. Article on Dean Scarnecchia of UNM School of Law from Albuquerque Journal.

February 20, 2003. UNM School of Law Faculty, Students File Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Case on Affirmative Action in Admissions (From UNM Public Affairs Office).

February 14, 2003. Albuquerque Journal article on UNM School of Law Admissions Policies. Includes comments from Dean Scarnecchia and Prof. Gonzales.

February 11, 2003. UNM Pre-Law Student Articles on UNM School of Law Open House Events.

February 6, 2003. Law School Deans visit with UNM pre-law students as part of UNM's pre-law program.

January 17, 2003: UNM Pre-Law Students Receive National Honors
UNM pre-law students Eric Berman, Lauren Ciulini, Brian Eagan, and Matt Ray have been named by UNM to the 2003 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. This award is granted to students who exhibit outstanding service.

January 7 2003: University of New Mexico Law Professor James W. Ellis has been named "Lawyer of the Year" by the National Law Journal.

July 20, 2002: A number of pre-law students work, volunteer, or intern with local law firms, such as the Rodey Law Firm in Albuquerque. Bill Dixon, a partner in the Rodey Law Firm, was recently awarded the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers' Champion of Liberty. [more]  

May 9 2002: Three High School Students Win State Bar Essay Contest

March 2002: Hispanic Business Magazine lists UNM School of Law in top ten law schools for Hispanic students.