University of New Hampshire School of Law

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University of New Hampshire School of Law
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Motto Inspiring Excellence
Established 1973
School type Private
Endowment $17.8 million[1]
Dean John T. Broderick, Jr.
Location Concord, New Hampshire, United States
Enrollment 513
Faculty 43
USNWR ranking 93
Bar pass rate 84%
Website law.unh.edu
ABA profile UNH Law Profile
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The University of New Hampshire School of Law is an American Bar Association–accredited law school located in Concord, New Hampshire, United States. It is the only law school in the state and was founded in 1973 by Robert H. Rines as the Franklin Pierce Law Center, named after the 14th President of the United States and New Hampshire native. The school is particularly well known for its Intellectual Property Law program.[2] On April 27, 2010, Franklin Pierce Law Center formally signed an agreement to affiliate with the University of New Hampshire.[3]

History[edit]

The school was originally named for Franklin Pierce, 14th US president.

The University of New Hampshire School of Law was founded in 1973 as the Franklin Pierce Law Center, becoming the first law school in New Hampshire.[4] On April 27, 2010, Franklin Pierce Law Center formally signed an affiliation agreement with the University of New Hampshire.[5] The school was named the University of New Hampshire School of Law when the affiliation became effective.

The median private sector starting salary for graduates (self-reported) was $120,000.[6] As of 2013, among all ranked law schools in the United States, UNH Law is 119th.[7] New Hampshire Law is among the top intellectual property law schools in the United States. In its 2011 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools", U.S. News & World Report ranked New Hampshire Law's program 4th in the nation in the intellectual property specialty rankings. The school adheres to the notion that "public school students train thoroughly for the public interest, private school students better inside private sectors."

Academic programs[edit]

UNH Law offers a JD program, as well as masters-level programs in the law, including the Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (L.L.M-IP), Master of Laws in Commerce and Technology (LLM-CT), and Master of Law in International Criminal Law and Justice (L.L.M-ICLJ). It is the only law school in the United States offering a graduate degree in intellectual property designed for scientists, engineers and any interested persons not holding a law degree (M.I.P.).[8]

Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program[edit]

Webster Replying to Hayne by George P.A. Healy. The honors program is named for Daniel Webster.

In 2005, the New Hampshire Supreme Court launched an alternative bar licensing process at the state's only law school, Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the UNH School of Law). The Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, a collaboration of the Court, New Hampshire School of Law, the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners, and the New Hampshire Bar Association, is an intensive practice-based honors program that encompasses the last two years of law school. Students apply to the program during the spring of their 1L (first) year. Enrollment in the program is limited to 20 students per class year for 40 total.[9] Once accepted to the program, students go through a rigorous program of clinical experiences under the supervision of judges, lawyers, and bar examiners, and compile a portfolio of work. Graduates of the program must pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and meet character and fitness requirements to be admitted to the New Hampshire bar, but are exempt from taking the state's bar examination. Webster Scholar graduates may still qualify to sit for the bar examination in any other U.S. jurisdiction.[10] The first class of Webster Scholars graduated in 2008.

Students[edit]

Students from around the world attend UNH Law, and the school celebrates the traditions and cultures of its many international students throughout the year. The school hosts events such as Lunar New Year, the Indian "festival of lights" or Diwali, an Afro-Caribbean Night and a Christmas party.[11] Each summer, UNH Law holds the Intellectual Property Summer Institute, during which student barbecues have become a tradition on evenings during summer.[12] During Orientation Week, students partake in an annual ice cream social. Fall mid-terms are followed closely each year by the Buck Bowl,[13] an intramural touch football tournament, and the JIVE! talent show. With a tradition rich in public service, the school hosts the Bruce Friedman Community Service Day each year, honoring the late professor Bruce E. Friedman, an advocate of social justice.[14]

Exchange programs[edit]

In February 2011, New Hampshire Law entered into an exchange agreement with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, KoGuan Law School allowing students from each institution to enroll abroad for a semester. Classes in both countries will be taught in English and credits will transfer to the student's home school.[4] The school holds several summer programs in the law that are open to students from other schools, including: the China Intellectual Property Summer Institute in cooperation with Tsinghua University Law School in Beijing; the eLaw Summer Institute in collaboration with the University College Cork Faculty of Law in Cork, Ireland; the Intellectual Property Summer Institute, hosted at New Hampshire Law's main campus; and the Advanced Topics in International Criminal Law and Justice Seminar in Washington, D.C.[15]

Organizations[edit]

Students run a variety of professional and cultural organizations, including the Student Bar Association (SBA) which serves as the student government. Students participate in two law journals -- IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review,[16] and the University of New Hampshire Law Review[17]—and send Moot Court teams to competitions around the United States.[18] Other active organizations include:

Publications[edit]

  • University of New Hampshire Law Review, formerly Pierce Law Review, the only law review published in New Hampshire[41]
  • IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review, a student-run academic law journal and nationally acclaimed intellectual property law review
  • Pierce Law Magazine, an alumni magazine with a focus on the accomplishments of alumni[42]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ "IP at Pierce Law". University of New Hampshire School of Law. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  3. ^ "Pierce Law & UNH Sign Affiliation Agreement". University of New Hampshire School of Law. April 28, 2010. Retrieved 2011-09-17.  (Press release.)
  4. ^ a b Sloan, Karen (2011-02-01). "New Hampshire law school collaborating with Chinese school" (Fee (Lexis-Nexis)). The National Law Journal (ALM Media Properties). Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  5. ^ http://www.piercelaw.edu/news/posts/2010-04-28-sign-affiliation-agreement.php
  6. ^ "University of New Hampshire School of Law". top-law-schools.com. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Best Law School Rankings | Law Program Rankings | US News". grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Graduate Programs". University of New Hampshire School of Law. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  9. ^ "Making Law Students Client-Ready: A New Model in Legal Education". University of New Hampshire School of Law. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  10. ^ "Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program". University of New Hampshire School of Law. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  11. ^ "survivalguide/international". law.unh.edu. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  12. ^ http://law.unh.edu/ipsi/intro.php
  13. ^ http://law.unh.edu/sports/
  14. ^ http://law.unh.edu/news/posts/2009-11-16-community-service-day.php
  15. ^ "Summer Law Programs". University of New Hampshire School of Law. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  16. ^ "IDEA®: The Intellectual Property Law Review". University of New Hampshire School of Law. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  17. ^ "University of New Hampshire Law Review". University of New Hampshire School of Law. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  18. ^ "Moot Court". University of New Hampshire School of Law. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  19. ^ "American Constitution Society (ACS)". University of New Hampshire School of Law. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  20. ^ "Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) | UNH School of Law". web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  21. ^ http://law.unh.edu/blsa/index.php
  22. ^ http://law.unh.edu/christianlegal/index.php
  23. ^ http://law.unh.edu/entertainmentlaw/index.php
  24. ^ http://law.unh.edu/federalistsociety/index.php
  25. ^ http://law.unh.edu/hillel/index.php
  26. ^ http://law.unh.edu/hispanicbar/index.php
  27. ^ http://law.unh.edu/iipo/index.php
  28. ^ http://law.unh.edu/jrcls/index.php
  29. ^ http://law.unh.edu/lambda/index.php
  30. ^ http://law.unh.edu/les/index.php
  31. ^ http://law.unh.edu/outdoorsclub/index.php
  32. ^ http://law.unh.edu/patentlawforum/index.php
  33. ^ "Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity » UNH School of Law". law.unh.edu. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  34. ^ http://law.unh.edu/soso/index.php
  35. ^ http://law.unh.edu/salsa/index.php
  36. ^ http://law.unh.edu/sipla/index.php
  37. ^ http://law.unh.edu/sports/index.php
  38. ^ http://law.unh.edu/taiwanesestudents/index.php
  39. ^ http://law.unh.edu/teencourt/index.php
  40. ^ "Women’s Law Student Association » UNH School of Law". law.unh.edu. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  41. ^ University of New Hampshire Law Review
  42. ^ Pierce Law Magazine
  43. ^ "John D. Hutson | Retired President and Dean | UNH School of Law". University of New Hampshire School of Law. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  44. ^ McCann, Michael » UNH School of Law University of New Hampshire School of Law. (accessed 8 August 2013)

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