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Law, MSL

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


About the Master of Studies in Law Degree

The Law degree at The University of New Mexico is designed for mid-career professionals and recent college graduates who want to enhance their career with legal education relevant to their field or interests.

A required introductory course in the first fall semester provides background in the U.S. legal system and the study of law. Otherwise, you will take upper-division law classes related to your interests. There are optional concentrations in Indian Law or in Natural Resources and Environmental Law, and you may take up to 6 hours of graduate-level courses in other departments.

Student Learning Outcomes for the MSL Degree

  • Understand cases decided by courts, statutes passed by legislatures, and regulations issued by administrative agencies
  • Learn how the legal system addresses particular situations
  • Learn legal principles applicable to your job or interests
  • Gain a better understanding of how the law works and how to use it

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Torts. In Contracts
  • Civil Procedure I
  • Property I 
  • Introduction to Constitutional Law. In Civil Procedure I

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • A completed application form submitted through
  • Nonrefundable $50 application fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report
    • An academic summary report
    • LSAT score(s) and writing sample(s)
    • All undergraduate, graduate, and law/professional transcripts
    • Letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    967 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 967 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    286 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 286 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Albuquerque

  • 870 - 1360 USD/month
    Living Costs

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