University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Government Service and Public Interest at UNH Law

At UNH Law, social justice and public interest law are synonymous with advocating for, assisting, and empowering underserved and vulnerable populations.  Our Rudman Center plays a vital role in maintaining public interest law as a key component of the UNH Law experience.Student in front of the NH Supreme Court

UNH Law students interested in social justice balance their classroom studies with extensive practical experiences, both in Concord and throughout the country. With a full-time director, our Rudman Center can help inspire and equip you for a rewarding career in the public interest.

UNH Law's curriculum offers a broad range of courses that lay the foundation for careers in a variety of social justice practice areas–including criminal law, civil rights and civil liberties, intellectual property in the public interest, indigent legal services, and international human rights. Outside of the classroom, extensive externship and summer opportunities ensure that students learn to handle legal issues in real-world contexts.

Nothing prepares you for the realities of being a criminal defense attorney like actually experiencing it through the Criminal Practice Clinic, where you are not just focused on the law, you are focused on people's lives.

Ben LeDuc, JD '11


Among the hallmarks of UNH Law's commitment to social justice are:

  • 6 clinical experiences to engage students in real-life cases
  • 18 full-time faculty members connected with the Rudman Center
  • Up to 20 Public Interest Coaltion fellowships funding summer social justice experiences

To learn more about our Rudman Center and how it can advance your career, please visit here.

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