University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Legal Residency Program: Procedures for Students

UNH Law allows students to earn credit by working with lawyers in a variety of supervised legal settings.

The program focuses on developing skills through real-world legal training and is designed to allow students a wide choice in selecting a placement. The criteria for determining whether a placement is suitable, is based on whether the opportunities for the student at the legal residency are sufficient for the credit awarded.

For more credit awarded, we expect more diverse and challenging experiences. Students proposing legal residencies should focus on what skills and substantive knowledge they would gain that they wouldn't obtain from taking classes or clinics.

We want to ensure, to the extent we are able, that the supervising lawyers at the placements recognize that legal residencies are educational experiences. What this means is that we favor legal residency sites where we have previously placed students, and the placement has been an educational success.

While we encourage you to seek new opportunities, we will carefully review the qualifications of supervisors at any new placement. We also evaluate their commitment to making the legal residency educational.

Second- And Third-Year Students

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for a legal residency, a student must have completed Professional Responsibility. While this is the only formal prerequisite, students must also comply with Rule IX. To help ensure that students are making selections that will satisfy the Rule, all students must meet with Professors Courtney Brooks or Ellen Musinsky before enrolling in a legal residency.

Students working for public interest placements may be able to appear in court. Each state has its own requirements, and if you are placed outside of New Hampshire you need to consult the student practice rules for that state. New Hampshire's student practice rule is set forth in New Hampshire Supreme Court Rule 36.

Application

Students must complete an application as soon as possible after accepting a legal residency. A three-way agreement that is signed by the student, site supervisor and Legal Residency Faculty must be completed by the end of the second week of the legal residency. Because the need for approval of the agreement, it is generally best to ensure that it meets Legal Residency Faculty's approval before submitting it to the site supervisor.

Logs While On Legal Residencies

Students are responsible for keeping track of their work during a legal residency via a weekly log that describes their activities, and their responses to these activities. This is an example of a legal residency log.  Students are required to maintain all client confidences while drafting their weekly logs.

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