The University of New Hampshire School of Law, an intimate, innovative law school, is committed to developing students who enjoy challenging dialogue from the first moments of orientation, embrace practice-based learning, grow through the collegiality of a 12:1 student/faculty ratio, and stand ready to join the ranks of alumni who are global leaders in intellectual property, general practice, public policy, and commerce and technology.
UNH School of Law’s faculty consists of practitioners experienced in their fields of interest. Their open door policy extends throughout the campus from Scholars in Residence to our interim dean, Jordan C. Budd. The small student/faculty ratio promotes collaboration and collegiality as evidenced in our publications, student activities and special events.
Since its founding in 1973, Franklin Pierce Law Center, now the University of New Hampshire School of Law, has been a global leader in innovative legal education. Our focus areas help you shape your future practice: Intellectual Property boasts the largest full-time faculty in the field and our IP library is the largest in the nation; Commerce and Technology includes a razor edge focus on e-Law; while Public Policy & Social Justice trains students in the delivery of legal services to all people in an ever-changing society.
Centers & Institutes
The Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property
The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy
The Sports and Entertainment Law Institute
Location & Facilities
Surrounded by small, picture-postcard New England towns, Concord is not isolated. The city is only one hour and 15 minutes from downtown Boston, and less than an hour from New Hampshire’s seacoast, White Mountains, and picturesque Lakes Region. Montreal and New York City are each about five hours away by car. Concord is also a half-hour north of Nashua, Salem, and Manchester - New Hampshire’s “golden triangle” of industrial and business development, affording employment and externship possibilities.
List of Departments
First Year and Foundation courses
- Business Law
- Criminal Law
- Intellectual Property: Patent Law
- IP: Trademarks, Copyrights, Sports & Entertainment Law
- Public Policy & Social Justice
- Health Law and Policy
- Intellectual Property
- Sports and Entertainment Law
- Legal Residencies (externships)
- Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program
- Moot Court
- IDEA: The IP Law Review
- UNH Law Review
Graduate Programs Degrees
- Master of Commerce and Technology (MCT)
- Master of Intellectual Property (MIP)
- Master of International Criminal Law and Justice (MICLJ)
- Master of Laws in Commerce and Technology (LL.M.)
- Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (LL.M.)
- Master of Laws in International Criminal Law and Justice (LL.M.)
- Diploma in Commerce and Technology (DCT)
- Diploma in Intellectual Property (DIP)
- Intellectual Property Summer Institute
Merit scholarships are awarded at the time of admission. If you meet the award criteria, your scholarship award letter will arrive with your admission packet.
These will be outlined in your scholarship letter, depending upon the type of scholarship. While many law schools require a specific GPA to be met in order to maintain the scholarship, UNH Law follows a different system where you can be eligible to receive a percentage of your scholarship depending on where your GPA lies at the end of your 1L year.
Build Your Career While in Law School
The University of New Hampshire School of Law prepares students for the real world, both inside the classroom and out. Since its creation, the school has been a pioneer in practice-ready education, helping to create future lawyers who are more than just book smart. In addition to the wealth of resources students will find in the Career Services Office, UNH Law offers a variety of ways for students to develop their legal skills.
The school was ranked 10th in the country for clinical opportunities by the National Jurist in 2011. The school’s 6 clinical programs allow second and third year students to represent clients in actual cases in several practice areas, including immigration law, criminal law, mediation and intellectual property law.
UNH Law’s robust legal residency program allows students to spend a semester working with experienced lawyers in all types of legal settings. In the spring 2012 semester, 79 students participated in externships around the country – in New Hampshire, Boston, New York City, and as far away as Puerto Rico, Colorado, California and Washington State.
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