University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

JD Program in IP

Where IP Leads: A Pioneering Program in IP

The Juris Doctor Degree with intellectual property concentration

The University of New Hampshire School of Law is one of the world's premier law schools for the study of intellectual property law. Its Franklin Pierce Center for IP offers one of the most extensive selections of intellectual property courses in the country, exposing students to a wide variety of current intellectual property issues. Our graduates are employed in leading IP firms, corporate legal departments, software companies, and government organizations around the world.

The Franklin Pierce Center for IP integrates traditional doctrinal IP courses with skills-based training. Externships, clinics, independent studies and research extend students' learning beyond the boundaries of the classroom. JD students also have the opportunity to participate in Appellate Moot Court and Trial Moot Court competitions and to edit and write for several publications, including IDEA: the Intellectual Property Law Review and The University of New Hampshire Law Review. As a result, students gain both a thorough academic grounding and an opportunity to develop and actually use hands-on skills.

JD students are also encouraged to complete the requirements to earn a Certificate in Intellectual Property and be eligible for designation as a "Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Scholar."

Joint Juris Doctor and Master of Laws (LLM) Degree in Intellectual Property

A typical JD program (including ours) spans three regular academic years. Heavy specialization is possible, but may require sacrificing some of the traditional JD courses recommended for well-rounded legal training. Our Master of Laws (LLM) Degree in Intellectual Property offers both intensive and extensive IP training. Through our joint degree programs, students can, with careful planning and hard work, earn both degrees in three years, including at least one summer.