University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Diploma Certificate

Why the Diploma?

The UNH School of Law’s Diploma certificate was the first of its kind in the United States to provide legal training in intellectual property for managers as well as lawyers. The Diploma is an interdisciplinary program, designed to meet the needs of working professionals for a career in intellectual property or commerce and technology. The Diploma program incorporates the same course work as the Master’s degree, but is designed for students who cannot afford the time or money to attend the one-year Master’s program. The program enrolls lawyers, law students, business executives, patent and trademark practitioners, administrators and technology managers and focuses on the acquisition of both substantive knowledge and practical skills through innovative academic coursework.

The Diploma certificate is offered in two concentrations: Intellectual Property and Commerce & Technology.

Admission for the Diploma

Admission for the Diploma program is based on experience in the workplace. Priority will be given to individuals who apply before April 1 for the fall term and November 1 for the spring term. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must also request a scholarship under the Financial Assistance Section in the application. Federal financial aid is available to US citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Eligible students must complete a FAFSA form online, and a financial aid award letter will be sent to qualified students shortly thereafter.

Requirements for the Diploma

To be recommended for the Diploma all candidates must successfully complete a minimum number of credits, complete the required coursework, meet the school residency requirements, fulfill all financial obligations to UNH law and comply with the UNH Law’s Conduct Code.

All Diploma candidates must complete the following required curriculum:

  • Introduction to American Legal Systems
  • Graduate Program Skills
  • E-Commerce (Required for Commerce & Technology students)
  • In order to receive the Diploma, all candidates must complete a minimum of 15 credits.
  • Diploma candidates must maintain a “Pass” average or higher to be granted the Diploma

I got a Diploma in Intellectual Property in 2001. The learning experience was unique and very helpful, not only because of the knowledge of IP but also the culture of United States of America.

Jiang Danming, DIP '01
Deputy Director General
Department of Law and Treaty
State Intellectual Property Office of P.R. China
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