Attention New Mexico Highlands University Students:
Do you want to be part of an exciting opportunity? Would you like to learn more about leadership and New Mexico State Government through a unique hands-on leadership experience? Then consider applying for the New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) Legislative Leadership Fellowship Program.
New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) undergraduate and graduate students from main campus and centers throughout New Mexico participate in a selective legislative leadership fellowship program in which they learn through practical experience about leadership, state government, and the legislative process. The program culminates with students engaging with elected officials and participating in the legislative process during committee hearings and Highlands’ Day at the Legislature. Students participate in shadow days with legislative officials. Each year, the students lobby at the legislature requesting one-time capital outlay funds. The students solicit campus wide student input and select the initiative to lobby for during the legislative session.
Students can also earn academic credit by enrolling in a practicum available for students. Student participants successfully demonstrate the NMHU Student Learning Outcomes of leadership development, effective communication, mastery of content knowledge, and critical reflective thinking skills.
The results of the program demonstrate continued community leadership opportunities for the students beyond program participation. Students serve in leadership roles such as the Student Board of Regent and Student Senate President; students are recruited for key positions statewide; students acquire statewide and national internship opportunities; and students continue their educational endeavors into law school beyond the program.
Applicants must be:
New Mexico Highlands Legislative Leadership Fellowship Practicum Program is designed to extend students’ learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom setting. The primary goal of the program is to provide an avenue for students to gain hands-on experience and apply academic knowledge in professional work environments related to their educational and career interests. A student can receive three (3) credits at the 300, 400, or 500-level for the combined legislative field experience and workshops. Students will shadow a representative for a day, follow a bill through the 2024 Legislative session, work with fellow students on a capital outlay request, attend legislative committee hearings, meet one-on-one with government leaders, and attend workshops (Practicum Lectures/Assignments focus on Understanding the New Mexico State Legislature and the Legislative Process, Multi-Generation and Gender Leadership Styles, Political Party Composition, Lobbyist & Lobbying).
The letter should address the following:
Application materials are due Friday, September 29, 2023, by 5:00 pm (MST) and can be sent via email to Yvonne Duran, Senior Administrative Assistant for Student Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will be interviewed on the week of October 2, 2023, prior to determining the 2024 Legislative Leadership Fellowship Program student participants.
Students will be notified of fellowship program selection no later than October 9, 2023.
NMHU Legislative Leadership Fellowship Program Video
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New Mexico State Legislature
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Contact the NMHU Legislative Leadership Fellowship Program Administration Team
Flexibility is necessary as part of this program as dates are subject to change due to legislative changes. We look forward to reviewing your application.
New Mexico Highlands University offers an undergraduate major and minor in history, allowing students to pursue an enriching degree in a unique location that blends Native American, Mexican and European traditions. In fact, our students don’t have to go far to explore historical landmarks; we’re right on the path of the original Santa Fe Trail!
Our outstanding political science bachelor’s degree program offers concentrations in pre-law and liberal arts. The pre-law concentration provides an in-depth curriculum ranging from introduction to law to LSAT preparation. Our pre-law students receive comprehensive advising, and our graduates have an excellent track record of being accepted to law school and succeeding in the legal profession.
The liberal arts concentration provides a comprehensive education in American federal, state and local government and the political process with a focus on Southwest and minority political studies. International politics is another strong component of the program. Internships give our students real-world professional experience in political campaigns and other settings.
The graduate program in sociology is part of an interdisciplinary master of arts degree program in public affairs. The program provides a comprehensive understanding of the social and cultural environment in the public and private sphere through a common core of courses taken by all students in political theory, social theory and historical thought, human culture, and economic theory. Students, prior to admission to the program, select one of the following concentrations: political and governmental processes (see political science in the Department of Humanities), or applied sociology. Students interested in sociology will follow the curriculum described below.
This program prepares students for doctoral studies and may provide enrichment for professionals in public careers such as law, politics, or government service. The program also provides advanced preparation for teachers. The interdisciplinary nature of the program is well suited to such purposes, by combining theoretical knowledge and practical methodology in historical and cross-cultural analysis; archival research; personal and participant observation, interview, and survey techniques; and statistical analysis, model-building, and simulation–applied to analysis of social and cultural trends; political and economic policy at local, regional, national, and international levels; and organizational and institutional processes.
The program’s geographic location in a multiethnic region of the Southwest brings unique perspectives. Field and practicum experiences are available to capitalize on the region’s rich social, cultural, and institutional resources.
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required for those planning to apply to law school. Hone your test-taking skills by preparing for the types of questions typically found on the exam. The course will cover the four major components of the LSAT: analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, reading comprehension and the writing sample.
How you will benefit
The goal of this course is to help you understand the ins and outs of the LSAT, learn strategies for succeeding on the exam, and increase your confidence so that you will feel thoroughly prepared on exam day. You will learn timesaving tactics to enhance your score on every section of the exam.
Who should attend
This course is recommended for anyone planning to take the LSAT. Attending this course to help ready you for the LSAT is beneficial no matter where you are in your preparation process.
Course Name: POLS4970 LSAT Prep & Legal Logic (3349)
Course Date: Oct 13, 2021 – Dec 10, 2021
Time: 6 – 7:50 p.m.
Where: DH 109 and Zoom
Department of History and Political Science
The New Mexico Highlands undergraduate catalog outlines your options and the steps you need to take to complete degree requirements for your chosen major. To ensure the seamless completion of your degree, consult often with your academic adviser and utilize Highlands’ Degree Audit tool to keep track of your academic progress.
Graduate students are assigned to a faculty adviser within their area of study. The faculty adviser will help the student complete a program of study to satisfy the specific course requirements within their area, outlined in the Graduate Catalog. The courses listed must satisfy the course requirements prescribed in the catalog of record. The academic adviser will provide guidance in completing your program of study.
History and Political Science form an academic unit serving the undergraduate and graduate student body with a wide range of courses and possibilities for study. Historical and political understanding and awareness are perceived as one of the chief attributes of a functional and involved citizen of the United States. It is the mission of this department to provide services that will contribute to this goal as well as train graduates to work in appropriate fields that require historical and political skills and knowledge.