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The transition from law school and the study of law to actual legal practice can be a challenging and stressful time for a new attorney. The goal of the Bridge the Gap (BTG) Mentorship program is to ease that transition by providing practical information regarding best practices and by pairing new attorneys with a mentor who will help introduce the new attorney to the legal community.
The BTG Mentorship program was developed to literally help bridge the gap in skills new attorneys need to acquire to become successful practitioners. All attorneys licensed to practice in New Mexico are required to complete 12 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) each year. New attorneys receive the 12 CLE credits required for their first full year of practice through the BTG Mentorship program.
In addition to a year’s worth of CLE credit, new attorneys also can audit any CLE program offered by the State Bar at no additional charge. These CLE classes include the State Bar How to Practice Series, which helps new attorneys quickly learn the basics of practice in a specific legal area such as Adult Guardianship, Probate, or Family Law. Also included are State Bar Section programing such as the Family Law Institute, the Annual Bankruptcy Year in Review, the Real Property Institute and among many others. State Bar CLE events are a wonderful way to network with other attorneys and explore the legal community.
Mentors for the BTG Mentorship program are approved and appointed by the New Mexico Supreme Court. A Mentor must be a licensed New Mexico attorney in good standing and have practiced law for a minimum of five years, at least three of which have been in New Mexico. To apply to become a Mentor, follow the links on the left side of this page.
The BTG Mentorship program is a requirement for newly licensed New Mexico attorneys that is mandated by New Mexico Supreme Court Rule 24-110. That being said, we hope that new attorneys will enjoy the program and find it useful. Please explore the links on the left side of this page to learn more about the program, its requirements, or how to become a mentor.
What is the State Bar?
First year licensing requirements:
Bridge the Gap:
Requirements for second year and beyond:
Member Services: The department through which members can get involved.
Professional Development Program (PDP) provides a variety of resources for State Bar members in law practice management.