The OUC provides legal advice and service to UNM and represents The University in its legal matters. Our client is The University of New Mexico, not any individual or segment of UNM.

Our responsibility is to provide our best independent legal advice in the interest of UNM. When appropriate, we engage outside counsel to provide additional expertise and representation.

NOTICE:  The University of New Mexico will be closed for Winter Break beginning Wednesday, December 23, 2020 through January 3, 2021.  The OUC will reopen on January, 4, 2021.  In the event of an emergency during Winter Break, please call the attorney on call at 272-2000. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Stay at Home Order issued by the New Mexico Secretary of Health on March 24, 2020, all OUC staff will be working remotely, effective March 24, 2020, until further notice.

Email will be the primary method of communication for most staff, while voicemails will be checked periodically and forwarded, where possible. Please refer to our staff contact pages if you need to reach a particular OUC staff member. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this remote work environment.

Covid-19 Health And Safety Resource Guide

Applicable Federal, State, Local And Association Rules, Regulations And Guidance

OUC Forms

Access forms like the Outside Counsel Request Form and Contract Review Form



Our mission is to facilitate transactions; to prevent legal problems and solve those that occur; to provide advice and representation; and to educate as to the laws, policies, and procedures applicable to UNM's operations; all in order to help the University fulfill its goals of teaching, research, and service.