DWS Program: Frequently Asked Questions
Can Webster Scholars practice in other states?
Yes. 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.
Who is eligible to apply?
First-year students may apply following midterm examinations during their second semester. Selection is based upon a student’s demonstrated overall ability to succeed in the program, including academic, professional and interpersonal strengths. Enrollment is limited.
How does the program work?
During the second and third years of school, Webster Scholars complete a wide range of courses, including specific, intensive Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program courses. Students demonstrate their developing professional skills and judgment in simulated, clinical and externship settings and compile a portfolio of work.
Several times during the program, Webster Scholars are required to demonstrate their ability to practice law before judges, lawyers, New Hampshire Bar Examiners, faculty and classmates. Students must show that they know how to listen, creatively solve problems, make informed judgments, recognize and resolve ethical problems, negotiate and counsel people effectively and be committed to continuing their education and contributing to the profession.
Upon completion, students are admitted to the New Hampshire Bar.
Will Webster Scholars graduate on time with the rest of their class?
Yes, assuming all other requirements are met. Although the work is rigorous, the courses required of Webster Scholars count as credits toward graduation. Although summer school is an option, Webster Scholars can complete the work within the regular academic schedule.
Toward what practice areas is the curriculum geared?
The goal of the program is to prepare law students to be ready to practice in the broad sense, rather than concentrating on a specific practice area. Exposure to numerous fields, including real estate, business and litigation is offered. As with a traditional bar exam, there is exposure to a broad area. However, instead of a two-day bar exam, the program provides a two-year, comprehensive exam in conjunction with the training received.
Will Webster Scholars still take classes with other students?
Yes. Webster Scholars may also choose electives. Some of the courses that are required of Webster Scholars are electives for other classmates. A limited number of the courses required of Webster Scholars will be open only to Webster Scholars.
Who should consider applying to the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program?
Anyone who plans to practice law, who wants to maximize their preparation with intensive, practice-based training and strives to be client-ready.
Does it make sense to be a Webster Scholar if you are intellectual property oriented?
Yes. It’s a personal decision, but the current IP Webster Scholars are glad they chose to be in the program.
Can Webster Scholars do externships?
Yes. In fact, the program requires a total of at least 6 hours of externship and/or clerkship. You can also do a full-time externship during your 3-L year, but it needs to be within driving distance of Concord, so you can make it to your Daniel Webster Scholar class. Depending upon your driving skills, this would easily include the Boston area or beyond.