About the Honors Program
The New Mexico Department of Justice is committed to recruiting the highest quality candidates who exemplify the values of integrity, excellence and service. We have a commitment to honesty, ethics, and transparency in all actions and decisions. We strive for the highest level of professionalism and expertise in all aspects of our work. And we have a strong dedication to serving the public interest and prioritizing the well-being of the community – especially the interests of those least capable of defending themselves.
To advance our wide-ranging mission and recruit exceptional new attorneys to our team, the NMDOJ has established an Honors Program that is open to recent law school graduates or those graduating law school by Spring 2024. We encourage applications from those who are intellectually curious and passionate about public service, in alignment with our mission to promote good government, safeguard the public interest, and protect vulnerable members of our community, through dedicated and professional advocacy. The NMDOJ is most interested in candidates who have strong writing skills; have the confidence and ability to ask good and thoughtful questions; are eager to engage; and have a strong academic record (i.e., a strong GPA or show a steady improvement of grades during law school).
As an Honors attorneys at the New Mexico Department of Justice, you will have the opportunity to develop as a lawyer by working on exciting, and sometimes novel, legal matters, on behalf of the people of New Mexico. If selected, you will receive real-world experience drafting memoranda, briefs, and pleadings and the opportunity to work collaboratively with experienced lawyers in one of our dynamic divisions:
Land Grants and Acequias
Each year, talented new attorneys will be selected for a one-year, full-time fellowship with the NMDOJ where they will gain valuable experience while serving the people of New Mexico as vital members of our team. Upon completion of the program, the participating attorneys may have an opportunity to seek continued employment with the NMDOJ.
Notable cases the NMDOJ is pursuing:
The deadline to apply is May 31, 2024.
The NMDOJ’s Honors Program asks for a one-year commitment, beginning in September 2024.
Applicants should be licensed by the New Mexico State Bar or plan to take the July 2024 Bar exam. Selected candidates must pass the New Mexico Bar exam within 12 months of employment.
Applicants licensed out of state must obtain a New Mexico Bar license or obtain a Public Employee Limited License through the New Mexico State Bar (15-304 NMRA).
Honors Program Application Submission Form
Complete the form below. Please upload your cover letter and resume (.doc, .docx, or .pdf). Within your cover letter, please identify your area of interest so we can properly match you with the appropriate division. For more information or questions regarding the Honors Program, contact our Director of Legal Recruiting & Retention Tim Maestas at email@example.com.
Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, Max. file size: 300 MB, Max. files: 10.