Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program
The Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program is a comprehensive, practice-based, teaching and bar licensing honors program that takes place during the last two years of law school.
The program is the first of its kind in the country and has received national praise from judges, lawyers, and legal education scholars. It was launched on July 1, 2005, as a collaboration by UNH Law, the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners, and the New Hampshire Bar Association.
The program, unique to UNH Law, is a two-year bar practicum. It eliminates the two-day bar exam and in its place offers a two-year exam: Students develop their skills and judgment in both simulated and clinical settings. They counsel clients, work with practicing lawyers, take depositions, appear before judges, create basic business documents and learn to negotiate and mediate. They create portfolios of written work and videos of oral performances that are viewed by their bar examiners after each semester. In short, they do the things law students need to do in order to become client-ready.
"DWS has catapulted me to a level I thought I'd be at after practicing law for many years. Because of the training I received in the DWS program, I am now able to make quick and practical decisions when faced with client issues. I know how to manage expectations and keep clients satisfied so they will come back to me with other legal problems."
The DWS program aims to prepare law students to practice in the broad sense, rather than concentrating on a specific practice area. Webster Scholars are exposed to a wide variety of legal issues and practical skills. Students who complete the program are certified as having passed the New Hampshire Bar examination, subject only to passing the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) and the New Hampshire character and fitness requirements.
Webster Scholars are not restricted to practice in New Hampshire; they practice in numerous states around the country. Admission to practice in New Hampshire is a benefit, not an obligation. In addition to being admitted to practice in New Hampshire, Webster Scholars are eligible to sit for the bar exam in any jurisdiction for which they would otherwise qualify based upon their graduation from an ABA accredited law school.
John Burwell Garvey