The University of New Hampshire School of Law has long been a pioneer in two distinct, yet connected, fields of law: Intellectual Property and Social Justice. From its founding, this school has sought to train lawyers who know the nuts and bolts of practicing law while also being fully aware of the social context in which they operate.
As a result, UNH Law has two major centers for teaching and research that provide scholars and students with unparalleled opportunities for engaging in the search for real-world solutions to the complex issues of today. With its small, intimate environment, collaboration is frequent, and expected, at UNH Law.
Through the work of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, which serves as a global hub for IP innovation, and the Social Justice Institute, 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 that the Franklin Pierce Law Center has been associated with since 1973. In partnering with industry and governments around the world, the Franklin Pierce Center for IP is 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 Social Justice Institute (SJI) plays a vital role in maintaining public interest law as a vibrant component of the UNH Law experience. The Social Justice Institute’s mission is to inspire and equip students to use their law degrees to advocate for and assist underserved and vulnerable populations and empower communities. SJI believes students can serve these constituencies by various means, including pro bono work, community service, or a career dedicated to the public interest.
The International Technology Transfer Institute (ITTI) is a capacity-building resource staffed by intellectual property faculty, technology transfer experts, law students and an international pool of experienced alumni located in countries across the globe. The ITTI mission is to help improve the marketplace distribution of technology in countries with low market flow.