The Franklin Law Pierce Center has recently become a part of the University of New Hampshire, and is now formally known as The University of New Hampshire School of Law. The school holds accreditation from the American Bar Association and is the only law school in the state. It is named after the fourteenth United States president and native New Hampshire resident, Franklin Pierce. The New Hampshire School of Law has an esteemed Intellectual Property Law program, for which it ranked ninth in U.S News and World Report in 2011 for the category of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” The Law School does not offer distance learning at this time.
Students attending this particular law school participate in the publication of several prestigious reviews, including the Pierce Law Magazine, IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review, and the University of New Hampshire Law Review, formerly known as Pierce Law Review. New Hampshire Law School offers Master’s Degrees and JD degrees. The Master Degree programs include Intellectual Property (L.L.M-IP), Commerce and Technology (LLM-CT) and International Criminal Law and Justice (L/L/M/-ICLJ). They are the only Law School in the country that offers a graduate degree in Intellectual Property Law that is designed for professionals in other fields, such as engineers, scientists, and business people.
The University of New Hampshire offers programs through the Law School during the summer semester that are opened to its own students, as well as students from other schools. These programs include the China Intellectual Property Summer Institiute in conjunction with Beijing school Tsinghua University, the eLaw Summer Institute offered in collaboration with the University College Core Faculty of Law in Cork, Ireland, the Intellectual Property Summer Institiute, as well as Advanced Topics in International Criminal Law and Justice Seminar held annually in Washington, D.C. The school also has the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program which is a practice based two year intensive collaboratively created by the Court, UNH School of Law, the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners, and the New Hampshire Bar Association. This program only accepts twenty students.
There are many student and faculty run organizations that enhance the quality of law education at this school. The Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property is one of the best in the nation, and students can also participate in the Student Bar Association, the American Constitution Society, the Christian Legal Society, the Black Law Student Association, the Federalist Society, Hillel, Hispanic National Bar Association, Lambda Legal, Licensing Executive Society, Women’s Law Student Association, and the Student Intellectual Property Law Association. The school also offers many continuing education programs that vary from semester to semester.
Tuition at The University of New Hampshire School of Law is $36,980 per annum. The graduating class of 2008 had a median salary of $120,000 per year. Students can apply to various financial aid programs such as private loans, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, and they can also participate in the Federal Loan Repayment Assistance Program.