Anonymous User wrote:If I am admitted in a different state than NM, any chance they would consider/hire me? What's the starting salary in NM as a PD/ DA?
If you've passed the bar anywhere, you can start working immediately in New Mexico in public interest. It's true that you'll be less competitive than someone who is more likely to stick around because they're from somewhere close, but when yours is literally the only resume up for consideration (true of 80% or so of the hiring decisions I participated in), that matters a lot less. Pay is $45-50 starting, with irregular raises to $60-75, where most people plateau. If you stick around for a looooong time you can make $100-110 as chief of an office. All salaries in the state are listed on New Mexico's sunshine portal.
Pulling together everything I know, rural New Mexico prosecution is one of the best places to start a career. You'll get unbelievable trial experience, crazy autonomy, work towards 10 year loan forgiveness, make solid money in a cheap part of the world, and make a major difference in people's lives. It's a place to stay for 18-36 months, then get out before bad management, plateauing pay, and diminishing returns on experience make it a lot less fun. After roughly 2 years I left with a resume that said "deputy DA who performed 70 trials, including 20 felony jury trials. Felony trial experience includes drug crime, property crime, violent crime, and sexual violence."