The Indian Law Section (ILS) of the State Bar of New Mexico is working hard to support and promote Indian law lawyers, and one of its most successful initiatives is the Bar Preparation Scholarship Fund.
The cost of preparing for and taking the bar exam poses one of the biggest hurdles students graduating from the University of New Mexico School of Law face each year. New graduates, most of whom are already burdened by sizeable debt from student loans, face a potential price tag of almost $3,000 - a $450 application fee and between $1,800 and $2,400 for bar preparation courses - to take the next step in their legal careers. UNM Law faculty and graduates consistently identify alleviating this financial strain as one of the key factors in passing the bar.
In an effort to lift this burden, the ILS established a fund for the purpose of awarding bar preparation scholarships to third--ear law students at UNM who want to practice Indian law in New Mexico. Recipients will be selected once again this year for the 2014 bar exam and awarded during the 2014 spring semester.
The Section hopes to raise $10,000 in recurring pledges to fund five annual $2,000 scholarships - a substantial step in meeting the needs of the body of students who graduate from UNM Law School each year intending to practice Indian Law.
The size and number of scholarships the Section can award will be based upon the generosity of the people in this state who want to see a growing and active Indian bar in New Mexico.
Donors can make their tax deductible donation through the Authorize.Net link on the website, or by making a check out to The New Mexico Bar Foundation and writing “Indian Law Section Bar Prep Scholarship” on the memo line.
Mail checks to:
New Mexico State Bar
Attention: Christine Morganti
P O Box 92860
Albuquerque, NM 87199-2860
THE INDIAN LAW SECTION THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!