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This study was commissioned by the State Bar of New Mexico. The objective of this study was to determine income levels among lawyers who are licensed to practice law in New Mexico. The study also assessed the fees charged for various legal services, the number of hours spent performing various services, changes in income, and billing practices. The survey was designed to capture economic information based on several variables including: the number of years practicing law, areas of practice, classification/legal occupation, firm size, region, gender, ethnicity and age.
This self-administered study was conducted by online. Email invitations were sent to all current members of the New Mexico State bar who have an email address on record. The invitation included a statement from the State Bar of New Mexico explaining the purpose of the study.
Respondents were given approximately one month to complete the survey. Several reminder emails and notices in the Bar Bulletin were sent over the course of the survey period encouraging members to participate. Of the 6,505 possible members who were eligible to participate in the study, a total of 703 surveys were completed which represents a response rate of 11%.