Students meeting the following criteria shall be eligible to apply for participation in the program:
A. The applicant must be a first-year law student at the UNM School of Law.
B. The applicant must be in academic good standing with the UNM School of Law.
C. The applicant must possess and demonstrate capable research and writing skills.
III. Selection Committee
In conjunction with the UNM School of Law, the State Bar of New
Mexico will establish a Selection Committee
made up of the various employers participating in the program. This
committee will break into smaller groups in order to effectuate timely
interviews with all applicants.
IV. Selection Procedure
Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements set forth for the
program will be selected for summer law clerk positions by the Selection
Committee on an individual case-by-case basis, taking into
consideration the following:
• the applicant’s cover letter/personal statement;
• the applicant’s legal research and writing skills;
• the applicant’s résumé (education, community and professional involvement, and achievement);
• the applicant’s letter of reference; and
• the applicant’s interview.
The applicants selected to participate in the program will be
assigned to a participating law firm, agency or corporate legal
department at the sole discretion of the Selection Committee. The
participating firms, agencies and legal departments are located both in
and around the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. The employers will be
informed of the selections and will initiate contact with the summer law
VI. Job Specifics
- Participating Employers: Any private law firm,
public agency or corporate legal department that regularly employs at
least three lawyers may participate in the program.
- Salary and Schedule: The terms and conditions
of employment for student law clerks, including salary and work
schedule, shall be determined individually by each of the employers and
student law clerks.
- Evaluation: Student law clerks will be evaluated by their law firm or agency in the same manner as other law clerks at the firm or agency.
- Second-Year Clerking: Employers are not
required to extend an offer to clerk for a second summer but may do so
if they wish. Participants in the program should not expect such an
Applicants for the Arturo L. Jaramillo Summer Law Clerk
Program are required to submit the following items for consideration:
- Cover Letter/Personal Statement: The personal
statement should include general autobiographical information (family,
academic, employment, or financial history; important community or work
experience; and extracurricular activities). The statement should set
forth the reasons why the applicant wants to participate in the program
and why the applicant should be selected as one of the summer law
clerks. Emphasis should be placed on personal characteristics,
communication skills, goals, motivation, and legal research and writing
proficiency. The cover letter/statement should be limited to three
- Professional Résumé
- One Letter of Reference
- One Writing Sample: One legal research
writing sample should represent the applicant’s research and writing
skills. The document must not exceed five pages double-spaced in length
and may be an excerpt from a larger document.