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YLD Summer Fellowship

The New Mexico Young Lawyers Division is proud to offer a fellowship award to a UNM School of Law student committed to working in public interest legal sector over the summer. The Summer Fellowship is part of the State Bar of New Mexico and the Young Lawyers Division commitment to public service across New Mexico, when they might not be otherwise able to do to financial constraints. The program is intended to encourage law students to pursue a career in public interest law in New Mexico. The Young Lawyers Division will award up to $5,000 to the accepted applicant.

Application period: March 20, 2023 to April 14, 2023. Applications will be closed on April 14, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. (MT)

Only current UNM School of Law students in good standing graduating after May 2023 are eligible and all applicants must have already received an offer for a public interest position for the summer. Qualifying public interest positions must be with an independent nonprofit organization or governmental entity that makes substantial use of legal skills. Students who will be graduating in May 2023 are not eligible to apply. Applicants must complete the enclosed application and submit the following to be considered for the fellowship award.

Applicants must have an offer of employment or a statement of intent to offer a position from the organization they would be working with. Statements of intent from the organization may be contingent upon receipt of the fellowship.

Following the fellowship, the student will be asked to submit a photo along with a brief narrative about the summer work to be published in the Bar Bulletin.

Application materials should be submitted and uploaded via jotform HERE.

If you have any trouble accessing this link or have any questions, please contact Jessica Perez at

Fellowship recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Employment setting and geographic location
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law
  • Financial need
  • Written communication skills as demonstrated through application