Rule 15-103(B)(2) NMRA establishes that applicants to the New Mexico bar must possess a juris doctor [J.D.] or bachelor of laws and letters [LL.B.] from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school or be licensed and have practiced under that license in a U.S. state for no fewer than four of the past six years. The rule states, in relevant part:
Every person seeking admission to practice law in New Mexico … shall have the burden of establishing to the satisfaction of the board that the applicant … is a graduate with a juris doctor [J.D.] or bachelor of laws and letters [LL.B.] degree (at the time of the bar examination for which application is made or at the time of application for admission by transferred Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) score) of a law school formally accredited by the American Bar Association or is a graduate of any law school who has been engaged in the practice of law in another state or states for at least four (4) of the six (6) years immediately preceding the person’s application for admission to practice in New Mexico[.] Rule 15-103(B)(2).