University of New Hampshire School of Law

University of New Hampshire School of Law

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Located in Concord, the state’s scenic capital, the University of New Hampshire School of Law enjoys a strong regional reputation and is the only law school in the state. Also, despite its small size and moderate entrance credentials, University of New Hampshire looms large on the global landscape for its reputation in intellectual property law.  

The law school was founded as the Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1973. It changed its name when it became part of the state university in 2010. The school unveiled the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property in 2010, built in large part through donations from non-alumni.

The school is also recognized for its unique Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, an intensive scholarship for upper-level students that, when completed, provides an exemption from the New Hampshire bar exam. The program is limited to 20 students per class, and students gain intense practical experience by working through several clinics under the supervision of judges, lawyers and bar examiners.

“UNH Law leads the way in all of its degree programs — from our U.S. News ranking of Top 10 in IP Law for 24 years running, to the nationally recognized Daniel Webster Scholars program, the only bar-alternative program in the country — we provide our students with a legal education that prepares them to practice law anywhere in the world,” said Dean Jordan Budd. 

Univeristy of New Hampshire offers the most simulation courses in the Northeast and is near the top for externship offerings. With only 218 students in 2014-2015, it was the second smallest school in the Northeast and one of the smallest nationwide. That leads to smaller classes. 

The school also boasts the second-highest percentage of minority students in the region, with 22.7 percent. That figure is double of most other schools in the region, and far higher than the state’s overall percentage of 5.4 percent.

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75th Percentile1593.68
25th Percentile1543.06
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$25000
Percent receiving grants98.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 95.10%
NJ Employment85.90%
Bar Passage93.33%
Academic Profile
Best Law Schools 2018: Practical Training: 
Employment 2018: 
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Entertainment Law
Intellectual Property Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy