The University of New Hampshire School of Law has long been a pioneer in two distinct, yet connected, fields of law: Intellectual Property and Public Policy/Social Justice. From its founding, this school has sought to train lawyers who know the nuts and bolts of practicing law and are also attuned to the social context in which they practice law.
As a result, UNH Law has established two major centers for teaching and research to provide our scholars and students with unparalleled opportunities for engaging in the search for real-world solutions to complex issues. Given the law school's small size and intimate environment, collaboration is both frequent and expected.
Through the work of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, which serves as a global hub for IP innovation, and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy, which inspires and equips students for careers in public service, UNH Law is a vibrant school where scholars and students work closely together for the common good.
The Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property builds on the pioneering IP work with which the Franklin Pierce Law Center has been associated since 1973. By partnering with industry and governments around the world, the Franklin Pierce Center for IP has quickly become a global hub for the intersection of intellectual property and economic development.
By bringing together the varied resources at its disposal – including the only academic IP library in the United States – IP Center faculty, researchers, students, and partners work at the intersections of law, business, and technology to improve the rate of innovation in the global economy.
The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy plays a vital role in maintaining public interest law as a vibrant component of the UNH Law experience. The Rudman Center's mission is to inspire and equip students to use their law degrees for the common good. It serves as an important voice in the national conversation on leadership, access to justice, and the state of our political system.
The Rudman Center provides curricular, programmatic, experiential, and financial support for students interested in public interest legal careers. The Rudman Center also hosts a Public Forum Series that brings global policy leaders to campus and enables meaningful community involvement in the most pressing policy issues of our time.
The Sports and Entertainment Law Institute provides opportunities for students who demonstrate a talent and passion for sports law or entertainment law with opportunities for thoughtful discussion of contemporary legal issues in the field.
Through courses, workshops, and legal residencies, students gain a broad understanding of the substance of relevant areas of law and the range of career opportunities available in sports and entertainment law.