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University of New Hampshire School of Law

The University of New Hampshire School of Law is one of the few law schools to systematically integrate traditional first-year courses with the practical skills involved in lawyering. As a result, you get both a thorough academic grounding and an opportunity to acquire relevant competencies. Like most law schools, during the first-year we teach the basics of thinking like a lawyer through a sequence of introductory courses: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Property, and Torts. Additional required courses, such as Contract Design and Legal Skills, introduce you more generally to legal concepts, lawyering skills, and study methodology. You will also be able to take an elective in your second semester.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 305
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 151 - 159
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.9 - 3.58
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 74.25%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 88.0%
Tuition $41,190

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Overview

About University of New Hampshire School of Law

The University of New Hampshire School of Law is one of the few law schools to systematically integrate traditional first-year courses with the practical skills involved in lawyering. As a result, you get both a thorough academic grounding and an opportunity to acquire relevant competencies. Like most law schools, during the first-year we teach the basics of thinking like a lawyer through a sequence of introductory courses: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Property, and Torts. Additional required courses, such as Contract Design and Legal Skills, introduce you more generally to legal concepts, lawyering skills, and study methodology. You will also be able to take an elective in your second semester.

Reviews

Formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center, the University of New Hampshire is the only law school in the state, yet it attracts a high class of students from all over the country, primarily due to its focus on creating “practice-ready” lawyers and because of its Intellectual Property Program, which “is by far the greatest strength of this school.” There are many resources available to students when it comes to IP: the library is the biggest IP library in US, “many graduates are willing to speak to us about their experi­ence,” and the program in Commerce and Technology includes a razor edge focus on e-Law.The school has an “excellent focus on practice,” which is buoyed by its externship programs and allows students to work in their fields of interest for up to a full semester while receiving credit. The Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program “offers every real world experience a future attorney could ask for “ and is the only practice-based bar exam alternative in the nation. The emphasis on practical, skills-based lawyering “is not just an advertisement - it really happens in the classroom.” There are “endless” intern­ship, externship, and clinical opportunities, as well as a number of classes that focus on what you will do in practice, rather than just theory. “If a student evades a tough ques­tion, the professor will often ask ‘What would you tell your client?’” “I really enjoy learning how we'll be able to apply what we learn in the real world,” says a student.Small class size means the “dynamic, high energy” faculty “really gets to know the students.” Everybody at UNH Law is very accessible. “I even see the Dean walking around in the hallways,” says a 1L. “Many professors have an open door policy,” and “there are teaching assistants who can help you in the rare times when you can't find the professor.” “There was never a time when I needed to locate someone and I just couldn't,” says a student. Some professors even give out their phone numbers “just in case,” and students “don't have to fight through 23 TAs before actually getting in touch with them.” One contracts professor even stays until 11 pm at times when students need help preparing for finals. Several students take note and appreciate this apparent dedica­tion. Almost all of the professors still practice or have practiced before they begin teach­ing, which allows them “actual practice-based knowledge to share with the students, [which is] a huge asset to the student body.” Similarly, “the administration and overall management of our school is great.” “Because it's such a small school, you know all of the administrative staff, and they are very responsive to your needs,” says a 2L.As the main legal game in the state, the school attracts “a wide variety of speakers from judges, governors, senators, to well known commentators in the legal field on a weekly basis,” which makes for “endless opportunities for networking as a result.” Some externs are sent to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and students “also have the ability to extern at the first circuit and other federal courts”; however, some feel like other concen­trations of law besides IP “could use a little boost.” “If one was to practice something else and travel out of state they might not have much luck,” says a student.

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 24

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations related to copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and related issues. Includes instruction in patent law, copyright law, trademark law, intellectual property licensing and litigation, and applications such as art and entertainment law, communications law, information technology law, sports law, and chemical and biotech patent law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 5

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations related to copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and related issues. Includes instruction in patent law, copyright law, trademark law, intellectual property licensing and litigation, and applications such as art and entertainment law, communications law, information technology law, sports law, and chemical and biotech patent law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 107

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

Dual JD/MBA (3.5 years) Dual JD/MSW (3.5 years) JD/LLM in Intellectual Property, JD/LLM in Commerce & Technology Law, and JD/LLM in International Criminal Law & Justice (all 3 years)

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Criminal
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 59
Full-Time Faculty 23
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 10
Part-Time Faculty 26
Faculty Gender 52% Male
47% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 16 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 61% Male
39% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 83%
Multi-racial 2%
International 3%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Ethnicity Unknown 0%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 6%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $41,190 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $41,190 $41,190

Financial Aid

93% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$60,184 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 27

Incoming Class

University of New Hampshire School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 151 - 159
LSAT Total 151 - 159

University of New Hampshire School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.9 - 3.58
Total 2.9 - 3.58

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 72%
First Time Pass Rate 74%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 84%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 45
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 88%
Average Starting Salary $58,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 28 23%
Firm Sized 11-25 5 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 10 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 3 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 2 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 7 6%
Business Industry 29 24%
Government 14 12%
Public Interest 13 11%
State Clerkship 2 2%
Academia 4 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 8 6%
Unemployed, Seeking 7 5%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 6%
MA 20%
NH 28%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of New Hampshire School of Law include:

  • Douglas Wood - Partner, Reed Smith
  • Tim Ryan - US Representative-Ohio
  • David Koris - General Counsel, Shell International
  • Donna Edwards - US Representative-Maryland
  • Dawn Buonocore-Atlas - VP-Enforcement and Assistant General Counsel, Calvin Klein

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