University of New Hampshire
Franklin Pierce School of Law
Since its founding in 1973, the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law has been a global leader in legal education. The school seeks high-quality students whose careers will stand as a testament to its legacy as a Top 10 IP program and innovation hub for emerging areas of law. Franklin Pierce offers all students a holistic higher education experience filled with co-curriculars, community engagement, and cross-cultural inclusivity.
UNH Franklin Pierce’s focus areas will help students shape their future practice:
Students gain hands-on experience through clinics. For example, students in the Intellectual Property and Transaction Clinic receive a limited license to practice for the United States Patent and Trademark Office and help clients with business ventures, including IP strategy and execution, business transactions, and licensing. In the International Technology Transfer Institute, students work with organizations such as the World Health Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Bank to help advance science, technology and innovation in developing countries via advocacy, education and capacity building in IP management, technology transfer, and patent information systems.
LL.M. students are trained in the techniques of legal writing and research as practiced in the US, and have full access to the school’s Academic Success Program, including an opportunity to take a preliminary Bar exam, and access to a dedicated faculty member who supports preparation for the legal classroom and for the Bar exam.
Upon graduation, students join a global network of alumni from more than 80 countries who are leading IP law and policy in countries like Argentina, Nigeria, and Taiwan, as well as for global tech giants, top law firms, and national IP offices.
Accredited by the American Bar Association, the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law is located in Concord, New Hampshire, home to the state's legislature, state offices, as well as local, state and U.S. federal courts.
Master of Laws Courses: LL.M. in Intellectual Property – Residential and Online
The Intellectual Property Law program has been ranked among the Top 10 in the country since the rankings began 30 years ago. The school’s library includes the only academic IP library in the Western Hemisphere and is designated an Official Patent and Trademark Resource Center. LL.M. students select classes from one of the most comprehensive lists of IP and technology law courses in the US. Students are eligible to apply for an editor position on IDEA, Franklin Pierce’s world-renowned Intellectual Property Journal. This program is offered in both residential and distance learning formats.
LL.M. in International Criminal Law & Justice - Online
The online International Criminal Law and Justice LL.M. is one of the only online transnational crime programs from an ABA-approved law school. UNH Franklin Pierce is a leader in this emerging field of the law. The International Criminal Law & Justice LL.M. is an excellent fit for practicing lawyers and scholars in diplomatic, criminal justice, military, and law enforcement communities around the world. Students will study transnational law, focused on domestic crimes with international implications.
LL.M. in Commerce & Technology – Residential
The Commerce & Technology LL.M. focuses on enriching your career in the emerging areas of business created by rapid technological change and globalization. Students learn how the legal system in the US and abroad is accommodating the challenges of the information age as the economy, society, and our everyday lives are transformed by new and emerging technologies. Students choose courses in areas such as: intellectual property ownership and management, privacy and cybersecurity, blockchains and its legal implications, and artificial intelligence-enhanced legal and regulatory decision-making.
International applicants to the LL.M. program must hold a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B,) from a foreign law school. Domestic applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a J.D. degree from a law school prior to matriculation.
The application requirements include a completed application form; official (translated and evaluated) academic records; two letters of recommendation; a personal statement and a résumé or CV. International applicants must also submit proof of English language proficiency – either the TOEFL or IELTS exam.
Scholarships and Funding
UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law offers generous, partial-tuition scholarships to qualified students in both our residential and distance learning programs. Applicants are considered for scholarships based on the review of their application for admission. There is no separate application process for scholarships, but students should indicate on their application that they would like to be considered for scholarship funding. Cost of tuition for the 2022-2023 Academic Year is $41,000. The cost for online programs is $1,310/credit. Additional information about tuition and fees is available here.
Concord, New Hampshire is approximately one hour from downtown Boston, and less than an hour from New Hampshire's seacoast, White Mountains, and picturesque Lakes Region.
Montreal and New York City are under five hours away by car. Manchester Boston Regional Airport (MHT), located approximately 20 miles from the law school, offers jet service to national and international destinations on most major airlines. Buses provide almost hourly travel to Boston and Logan Airport.
US News and World Report ranked New Hampshire the #4 state to live and the #1 safest state in the United States.
Most students find housing within walking distance to campus and downtown. UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law has a partnership with Places4Students.com, a company that specializes in providing off-campus housing solutions for students. This service is FREE for students to use as an effective method of finding a place to live off-campus or finding a roommate. Students can search rental listings in the Concord area here. In addition, you can visit the school’s Housing Guide which contains reviews and advice from current students.
Many students live near the campus in quaint homes divided into one and two-bedroom apartments. A variety of housing types and arrangements are available close to the school. Over 60% of students live within walking distance, 75% live in the greater Concord area, while 25% commute. Concord is a compact, liveable city. New Hampshire is consistently identified as one of the most liveable states in the country.
LL.M. students are involved in an array of organizations that enhance the day-to-day life at the school. Groups include academic and professional organizations, leadership groups, wellness initiatives, sports and more. To find an organization that suits your interests, visit the listing of student organizations.
Students enjoy leaf peeping and apple picking in the fall; skiing, sledding, or ice skating in the winter; watching the flowers bloom in the spring; and hiking in the White Mountains and spending a day at the beach in the summer. Concord’s downtown offers activities for lovers of food, books, theatre, and the arts, and is the center of several special events throughout the year, such as Market Days, Halloween Howl, and Midnight Merriment. Students looking to connect with young professionals from the greater Concord community can participate in free, monthly networking events hosted by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce
Office of Admissions
2 White Street
Concord, N.H. 03301