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Scholarship Opportunities

UNMSOL SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS

The following scholarships are in conjunction with the University of New Mexico School of Law. Applications are submitted and financial disbursement is handled through UNMSOL.

To learn more about each scholarship, please visit https://lawschool.unm.edu/admissions/financial-aid/scholarships.html.

To learn more about each award, please visit https://lawschool.unm.edu/academics/awards/awards-prizes.html.  

Employment and Labor Law Section

Richard Gonzales Employment and Labor Law Scholarship

  • About: The Richard Gonzales Employment and Labor Law Scholarship will be awarded to a second- or third-year law student interested in a career in employment and/or labor law. To apply, you must submit an unofficial law school transcript, resume detailing your experience and a cover letter (1,000 words maximum) explaining why you are best qualified to receive the scholarship. Applications will be reviewed by the selection committee, comprised of law school faculty, a member of the State Bar's Employment and Labor Section and the assistant dean of admissions and financial aid.
  • Students: 2L and 3L
  • Deadline: May 1

Family Law Section

  • About: The Family Law Section Scholarship was established to provide tuition support to second- and third-year law students at the University of New Mexico School of Law. This scholarship provides assistance to a candidate who has an interest in practicing in the area of family/domestic relations law. This scholarship will be awarded to a full-time 2L or 3L student who demonstrates financial need and a commitment to the New Mexico family law community. To apply, please submit a document of no more than 500 words demonstrating your interest in and experience with Family Law and explaining why you are best qualified to receive this scholarship.
  • Students: 2L and 3L
  • Deadline: May 1

Health Law Section

  • About: The Health Law Section and Sutin, Thayer & Browne co-sponsor stipends for UNMSOL students interested in health law and interested in attending national health law-related conferences. Conference is typically the ABA Health Law presentation.
  • Students: 1L, 2L, 3L
  • Deadline: Varies depending upon conference stipend offered

Public Law

Othmer Fellowship

  • About: Through programming, outreach, and fundraising, the Association of Public Law (APIL) encourages students to pursue careers in the field of public interest law. Annually, APIL in conjunction with the Public Law Board and Sheila Brown awards the Craig Othmer Fellowship, a $3000.00 fellowship, to a law student who has secured an unpaid public interest position for the summer. 
  • Students: 1L, 2L, 3L
  • Deadline: Typically April
  • More info: https://lawschool.unm.edu/students/organizations/apil/fellow.html

Real Property Trust & Estate Section

The Real Property Trust and Estate Section is dedicated to providing opportunities that cultivate an interest in careers in the areas of real property and trust and estates. The RPTE Section is offering two scholarships; one to students interested in pursuing a career in Real Property and one to students interested in pursuing a career in Trust and Estate law. The RPTE Section will award the scholarships during the first semester of your 3rd year.

  • Real Property Application:

To apply, submit a maximum 250-word written summary demonstrating your interest in and commitment toward pursuing a career in Real Property law along with a copy of your most recent transcript and resume.

  • Trust and Estate Application:

To apply, submit a maximum 250-word written summary demonstrating your interest in and commitment toward pursuing a career in Trust and Estate law along with a copy of your most recent transcript and resume.

  • Students: 2L and 3L
  • Deadline: May 1

Tax Section Hugh Muir Award

  • About: This award that is sponsored by the Tax Law Section recognizes excellence in Tax Law
  • Students: 1L, 2L, 3L
  • Deadline: Varies but typically spring

Senior Lawyers Division In Memoriam Scholarship

  • About: The Senior Lawyers Division was created to uphold the honor of the profession of law and apply the knowledge and experience of the seniors to the promotion of the public good. To honor and in memory of passed New Mexico attorneys, the Senior Lawyers Division has established an Attorney Memorial Scholarship for third-year UNM School of Law students. Recipients are selected based on their academic performance, career plan and essay submission. Essay topics vary year to year.
  • Students: 3L
  • Deadline: October 1

Young Lawyers Division Summer Fellowship

  • About: 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 $3,000 to the accepted applicant.
  • Students: 1L and 2L
  • Deadline: Varies but typically spring

OTHER SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The following are monetary awards that are hosted independently of UNMSOL. Applications are submitted through an external platform with the State Bar (Jotform, Google surveys, etc.). Some scholarships may be available to law students outside of UNM. To apply or learn more, contact Member Services at memberservices@sbnm.org

Employment and Labor Law Bar Prep

  • About: The Employment and Labor Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico will award one scholarship to a third-year University of New Mexico Law School student who intends to practice in employment and/or labor law, to help defray the costs of preparing for and taking the New Mexico bar examination. Scholarship available to students who will graduate and take the bar examination within one year of graduation may apply.
  • Students: 3L
  • Amount: $1000
  • Deadline: Varies but typically in the fall
  • Learn more: www.sbnm.org/employmentlabor

Indian Law Section Bar Prep Scholarship

  • About: To support and promote the practice of Indian Law in New Mexico, the Indian Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico annually awards scholarships to third-year University of New Mexico Law School students who intend to practice Indian Law, to help defray the costs of preparing for and taking the New Mexico bar examination. Scholarship available to students who will graduate and take the bar examination within one year of graduation may apply.
  • Students: 3L
  • Amount: Varies but can range between $750-1500
  • Deadline: Varies but typically by around May 1
  • Learn more: www.sbnm.org/indianlaw

Indian Law Section Karl Johnson Memoriam Scholarship

  • About: The Indian Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico is proud to announce the Karl E. Johnson Indian Law Scholarship in honor of Section member Karl E. Johnson. Johnson passed away on June 3, 2019. In life, Johnson was dedicated to representing Indian tribes throughout the country. During his nearly 40-years of practice, Johnson also sacrificed his personal time to mentor future and junior Indian-law attorneys as an award-winning law professor, a trusted confidant, and a friend.
  • Students: 2L
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Varies but typically in the fall
  • Learn more: www.sbnm.org/indianlaw

Immigration Law Section 2L Book Scholarship

  • About: The State Bar of New Mexico Immigration Law Section will award to second year law students. Students who have an interest in practicing immigration law and/or have experience in immigration law or with immigrant communities are encouraged to apply.
  • Students: 2L
  • Amount: $500
  • Deadline: Varies but typically in the fall
  • Learn more: www.sbnm.org/immigrationlaw

Immigration Law Section 3L Bar Prep Scholarship

  • About: The State Bar of New Mexico Immigration Law Section will award to one third year law student. Students who have an interest in practicing immigration law and/or have experience in immigration law or with immigrant communities are encouraged to apply.
  • Students: 3L
  • Amount: $500
  • Deadline: Varies but typically in the fall
  • Learn more: www.sbnm.org/immigrationlaw