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Old 06-18-2008, 10:39 AM
 
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I'm strongly considering attending UNM for law school, and am curious about the legal market for new grad in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. I'm more interested in quality of life and being a part of a community than making 100k a year. Is anyone on these boards familiar with the availbility of legal jobs for new grads?

Also, I read over the thread about being bi-lingual in las cruces? I know some spanish from high school and college, however am far from fluent. Does the need (or better yet being a good idea) apply to Albuquerque?
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Old 06-18-2008, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Yootó
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I'm strongly considering attending UNM for law school, and am curious about the legal market for new grad in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. I'm more interested in quality of life and being a part of a community than making 100k a year. Is anyone on these boards familiar with the availbility of legal jobs for new grads?

Also, I read over the thread about being bi-lingual in las cruces? I know some spanish from high school and college, however am far from fluent. Does the need (or better yet being a good idea) apply to Albuquerque?
The legal market here is good. You will find a job. You might not find a good job right away, because locals will get the plum jobs cause there is a lot of networking that goes on down here.

You will be severely underpaid, so it is good that you don't need to make 100k a year. Attorneys that have more than 10 years experience are still making 60K-70K in NM. As for Albuquerque v.s. Santa Fe, there is much more work in Albuquerque because it is a large city. Santa Fe is a tougher market.

A new grad without contacts can expect to make around 40K. I hope you don't need to rack up student loans, cause if you do, NM may not be the state to do that in.

The major problem then is pay. You may never make 100K here, no matter how long you practice. Moving to NM is definitely for most people a quality of life decision, because most will not be making what they could make somewhere else.
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Old 06-20-2008, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas NM
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I'm strongly considering attending UNM for law school, and am curious about the legal market for new grad in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. I'm more interested in quality of life and being a part of a community than making 100k a year. Is anyone on these boards familiar with the availbility of legal jobs for new grads?

Also, I read over the thread about being bi-lingual in las cruces? I know some spanish from high school and college, however am far from fluent. Does the need (or better yet being a good idea) apply to Albuquerque?
If you look to practice in communities other than SF or ABQ you might find surprising opportunities. Las Vegas, for example, doesn't have adequate number of contract/business/general practice attorneys. The few transaction/civil attorneys in town are late career and have all been retained at one time or another by every bank or dominant business in the area. I've had to retain attorneys in SF or ABQ for a few issues simply because none practicing here were without potential conflict. My guess is this situation is not uncommon throughout the state.
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