University of New Hampshire

School of Law

The Curriculum: Integrating Academics with Skills Training

First-year Curriculum

The University of New Hampshire School of Law is one of the few law schools to systematically integrate traditional first-year courses with the practical skills involved in lawyering. As a result, you get both a thorough academic grounding and an opportunity to acquire relevant competencies. During the first year, you’ll learn the basics of "thinking like a lawyer" through a sequence of introductory courses: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Property, and Torts. Additional required courses, such as Contract Design and Legal Skills, will introduce you more generally to legal concepts, lawyering skills, and study methodology. You will also be able to take an elective in your second semester.

First-Year Core Courses

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing & Analysis
  • Property
  • Torts
  • The Legal Profession

Amy Vorenberg with student

Second and Third-Year Curriculum

There are just four required courses after the first-year. (Students participating in the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program will have additional requirements.) As a result, second- and third-year students may explore various areas of specialization, choosing 17 elective options from among over 70 offerings. Many of our students design an individualized program of study for their specific career or legal interests.

You may have a definite career plan when you come to law school. However, a number of students change their plan or refine it after the first-year. As you review your reactions to what you are learning, you can draw on the advice and experience of our faculty, our career services counselors, our loyal alumni, and our volunteer lawyer community for assistance with your fixed or changing career plans.

Second and Third-Year Core Courses

  • Administrative Process
  • Criminal Procedure 1
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Upper Level Skills Training
  • Upper Level Writing Experience (several different courses fulfill this requirement)

Highlighted Elective Coursework

  • Advanced Copyright & Media Licensing
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Community Lawyering
  • Competition Law of the European Union
  • Criminal Law
  • e-Commerce & the Law
  • Evidence
  • Expert Witness & Scientific Evidence
  • Food & Drug Law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Music Management & Licensing
  • Patent & Trade Secret Law
  • Public International Law
  • Sports Law
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Unfair Competition

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