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The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) provides year-round opportunities for law students interested in working for New Mexico’s largest and most dynamic public law office. The number of positions available depends upon current needs and available funding. Law clerks at the OAG often have diverse legal interests and may have the opportunity to work in a variety of different legal fields, including: administrative law, civil litigation and appeals, consumer protection, criminal prosecution and appeals, environmental protection and utilities law, Medicaid fraud, and other various areas of law and policy.

During the fall and spring academic semesters students may work in the office as volunteer clerks or through an externship to receive school credit. Those interested in an opportunity to receive school credit should discuss logistics with their academic and career service advisers. While the office works to house most semester positions in Albuquerque, it is possible that occasional travel to the Santa Fe office may be required.

The OAG’s summer law clerk program is focused on providing meaningful, substantive experience for particularly motivated law students. In addition to unique hands-on work experience the office provides law clerks with opportunities to engage in group discussions related to work in the office, speakers invited to share practical experience, social opportunities, and other activities to supplement their summer work experience. The office may provide a limited number of full-time paid summer law clerk positions as well as a limited number of unpaid volunteer or externship positions.

For University of New Mexico School of Law (UNMSOL) students interested in summer law clerkships, please apply through the UNMSOL On-Campus Interview program. For other year-round opportunities or for out-of-state applicants, please apply directly to the office. Application material can either be emailed to Valerie Gallegos at vgallegos@nmag.gov with the subject “Law Clerk Program"; or mailed to:

Law Clerk Program
ATTN: Valerie Gallegos
Human Resources Director
P.O. Drawer 1508
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1508

Application Requirements

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. Current Academic Transcript
  4. Writing Sample
  5. Three Professional or Academic References

Application Deadlines

Applications may be reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply early for best consideration. Program dates are approximate and may be subject to alteration.

Semester Program Dates (Approx.) Best Consideration Apply By
Spring January to April November 1
Summer May to August February 1
Fall August to November June 1


Questions / Contact

Questions regarding law clerk opportunities at the Office of the Attorney General may be directed to Valerie Gallegos at vgallegos@nmag.gov.