Preparing to practice law in today’s market requires in-depth knowledge of several subjects on which you can build an economically viable practice, as well as proficiency in professional skills such as interviewing, drafting, counseling, and trial practice. UNH Law offers concentrations, opportunities to help you gain expertise in one or more areas of the law. The concentrations are flexible guides for the second half of law school, enabling you to shape your education to prepare you for the real needs of legal practice.
Each concentration involves survey and specialty courses, an array of simulations, clinics, or externships to develop your skills, and a culminating experience, such as a seminar or advanced practice opportunity that pulls all the elements together. Most concentrations encompass multiple areas of the law that you may decide to pursue.
With planning and careful use of these options, you can also create your own concentration. UNH Law students have used elective courses, externships, and independent studies to prepare themselves for many legal fields, including admiralty law, banking law, immigration law, solid waste management law, risk management law, securities law, construction litigation, and international dispute resolution.
A concentration in business prepares students for traditional corporate or nonprofit practice in private firms, corporate legal departments, tax practice, estate planning, or work with business startups in fields ranging from technology to real estate.
Commerce and Technology
This innovative curriculum emphasizes real-world problems and issues as emerging information technologies transform the way the world conducts business. The study of commerce and technology law encompasses a variety of business activities in the Information Age economy, ranging from merely using the computer as a communication device between buyer and seller to the electronic delivery of digital products. It includes the creation of new types of products and services and the development of supportive legal systems to address concerns about the protections of consumers’ private information and the threat of identity theft and cybercrime.
In addition to a JD concentration, the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s graduate program offers a Master’s of Commerce & Technology (MCT), a Master’s of Laws in Commerce and Technology (LLM-CT) and a joint JD/LLM-CT.
Students prepare for careers as public defenders, private defense lawyers, prosecutors, or lawyers in the corrections system. At UNH Law students can gain extensive real life experience through externships and participation in our Criminal Practice Clinic.
International Criminal Law and Justice
Students are prepared to practice law in today’s global community by selecting courses from our extensive selections in intellectual property, commerce and technology, criminal law, and social justice. Clinics provide hands-on learning; studying abroad in our summer programs offers international exposure; and externships encourage practical learning.
In addition to a JD concentration, UNH Law's graduate program offers a Master of International Criminal Law and Justice (MICL), a Master of Laws in International Criminal Law and Justice (LLM-ICLJ), and a joint JD/LLM-ICLJ.
UNH Law, through our Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, is a global leader in training lawyers of all backgrounds to deal with technological and scientific issues, maintaining the largest full-time intellectual property faculty as well as the largest intellectual property library in the nation, and a curriculum of unmatched depth and breadth. Intellectual property lawyers protect copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and licensing; intellectual property lawyers with scientific backgrounds are eligible to become patent attorneys.
UNH Law offers the most comprehensive academic summer program in intellectual property law and licensing in the United States through the Intellectual Property Summer Institute held on our campus in Concord, NH.
In addition to a JD concentration, UNH Law’s graduate program offers a Diploma in Intellectual Property (DIP), Master of Intellectual Property (MIP), a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (LLM-IP) and a joint JD/LLM-IP.
Social Justice Institute
UNH Law created the Social Justice Institute to train lawyers for work in the public sector, private practice, or government service, helping to fulfill the growing need for advocates, organizers, strategists and policy experts. Graduates pursue careers in family and youth services, combating of domestic violence, protection of the elderly and people with disabilities, upholding of civil rights, consumer protection, occupational health and safety, GLBT (gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender) representation, environmental protection, health care delivery and traditional legal aid work.
Beyond the many externship and clinical experiences offered students, such as the Immigration Law clinic, UNH School of Law hosts the Public Interest Coalition, which sponsors summer fellowships, providing stipends to select students taking unpaid public interest jobs.
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