University of New Hampshire School of Law
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|University of New Hampshire School of Law|
|Dean||John T. Broderick, Jr.|
|Location||Concord, New Hampshire, United States|
|Bar pass rate||84%|
|ABA profile||UNH Law Profile|
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. On April 27, 2010, Franklin Pierce Law Center formally signed an agreement to affiliate with the University of New Hampshire.
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. On April 27, 2010, Franklin Pierce Law Center formally signed an affiliation agreement with the University of New Hampshire. 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. As of 2013, among all ranked law schools in the United States, UNH Law is 119th. 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."
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.).
Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program
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. 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. The first class of Webster Scholars graduated in 2008.
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. Each summer, UNH Law holds the Intellectual Property Summer Institute, during which student barbecues have become a tradition on evenings during summer. During Orientation Week, students partake in an annual ice cream social. Fall mid-terms are followed closely each year by the Buck Bowl, 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.
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. 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.
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, and the University of New Hampshire Law Review—and send Moot Court teams to competitions around the United States. Other active organizations include:
- American Constitution Society
- Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA)
- Black Law Student Association
- Christian Legal Society
- Entertainment Law Society
- Federalist Society
- Hispanic National Bar Association
- International Intellectual Property Organization
- J. Reuben Clark Law Society
- Lambda Legal
- Licensing Executive Society
- Outdoors Club
- Patent Law Forum
- Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity (PAD)
- Significant Others and Spouses Organization
- South Asian Law Students Association
- Student Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA)
- Sports Club
- Taiwanese Student Association
- Teen Court
- Women's Law Student Association
- University of New Hampshire Law Review, formerly Pierce Law Review, the only law review published in New Hampshire
- 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
- John T. Broderick, Jr., Dean and President; former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice
- John D. Hutson, former Dean and President
- Michael McCann, Sports Illustrated contributor and director of the UNH Sports and Entertainment Law Institute
- Mary W. S. Wong
- Carol Ann Conboy, New Hampshire Supreme Court justice
- Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, United States federal judge for the Northern District of Illinois
- Donna Edwards, U.S. Representative (D–Maryland 4th District)
- Frank Guinta, former mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire and current U.S. Representative (R–New Hampshire 1st District) (Master of Intellectual Property)
- Evelyn Handler, former president of the University of New Hampshire and Brandeis University
- John Hart, author of The King of Lies
- Roger Manno, Maryland politician
- William J. Murphy, former Speaker of the House, Rhode Island House of Representatives
- Tim Ryan, U.S. Representative (D–Ohio 17th District)
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