Apply for Admission to the JD Program
The University of New Hampshire School of Law is committed to individualism, cooperation and mutual respect. We want to know about all your qualities that are important to success in law school and in using your legal education thereafter. We are looking for qualified individuals willing to make a strong commitment to their legal studies, individuals with common sense who will become sound, ethical lawyers, and who are excited about the new frontiers of lawyering.
The Admissions Committee reads every application for admission, and it is our hope each applicant submits thoughtful and complete work. Please follow these instructions carefully.
UNH Law accepts applications for Fall admission only on a rolling basis commencing October 1. Our preferred deadline is April 1, and the majority of all admission decisions are made by May 1.
Applicants must submit the application online at www.LSAC.org.
All applications must include:
- Nonrefundable $55 application fee
- Responses to all required questions
- Personal statement
- Supplemental statements as needed
- The LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report
- A minimum of two, maximum of three, recommendations
Transfer & Visiting Students
Applicants seeking to transfer in to UNH Law must submit the application online at www.LSAC.org and must have completed one year of law school at an ABA accredited law school. No more than 30 credits will transfer in to UNH Law, and transfer applicants must complete four full-time semesters in residence. Transfer applications will be reviewed when Admissions has received a Letter of Good Standing and an official transcript from the applicant's law school. Transfer applicants must provide an updated CAS report indicating law school matriculation as well as one letter of recommendation from a law school professor.
Students interested in seeking visiting student status at UNH Law may fill out the Visiting Student Application found in the Registrar’s forms repository. Questions about visiting UNH Law should be directed to the Registrar at 603-513-5103.
UNH law requires international applicants with foreign transcripts to submit all transcripst through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). All undergraduate work outside the United States (including its territories) or Canada must be evaluated by CAS.
Applicants must submit a nonrefundable application processing fee of $55. Applicants unable to pay the fee may fill out a Fee Waiver Request.
A personal statement of two to three pages double-spaced is required and must be submitted electronically. The statement should address an applicant's rationale for applying to law school in general, UNH Law specifically, and provide insight on the applicant's motivation to become a lawyer. The personal statement provides an opportunity to share unique abilities, character, and experiences with the Admissions Committee. The committee weighs this statement heavily in the decision-making process and expects it to be a well-written document.
A detailed resume is required and must be submitted electronically. In addition to work history, it should include the applicant's internships, academic honors, extracurricular activities, community services, hobbies and other special interests or accomplishments. Applicants not working or attending school are encouraged to disclose activities during that time.
Please include any statement of extraordinary circumstance(s) that could not be appropriately included in the personal statement or elsewhere in the application. The Admissions Committee is interested in an applicant's relevant life experience and learning more about his/her background. Supplemental statements and addenda are required for Character and Fitness disclosures. These statements must be submitted electronically.
LSAC CAS Report
All applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) at www.LSAC.org. Applicants must have transcripts from each post-secondary college or university attended sent directly to the CAS. This includes community college credits and/or undergraduate institutions attended as a high school student for credit. In addition, applicants may submit graduate degree transcripts.
Applicants enrolling at UNH Law are required to submit an official transcript, which indicates conferral of the bachelor's degree, directly from his/her undergraduate degree-granting institution to the Office of Admissions. (Transcripts supplied to the CAS are not considered official and do not meet ABA requirements)
The LSAT is required and all applicants must have a valid score to be considered for admission. A valid LSAT score is from an exam taken within five years of the planned enrollment date at UNH Law. Applicants may apply prior to taking the test but must disclose the future date for application processing purposes. The application will not be complete until a valid LSAT score is available.
Applicants whose native language is not English and who have attained an undergraduate degree from a country in which English is not the native language must provide a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score, taken within two years from the time of application submission. The TOEFL school code is 3396.
A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an appropriately accredited college or university must be conferred to an applicant prior to matriculation at UNH Law.
Two recommendations are required and must be submitted directly by the recommender through the LSAC CAS. UNH Law will accept no more than three recommendations per applicant. Recommendations may be in the form of a letter or evaluation (however, at least one letter is preferred), and should be submitted by teachers or employers who can address academic fitness and/or work habits. Applicants who are recent graduates should provide one letter or evaluation from a professor who can attest to academic ability. Applicants are discouraged from using personal contacts and/or relatives as references.
Character & Fitness
Applicants are expected to read the questions on this portion of the application carefully and contact the Office of Admissions with questions. Applicants who check "Yes" on any of these questions are required to attach an addendum to their application which provides full disclosure as to the date, offense charge, and disposition related to each event. Applicants have a continuing duty to disclose character and fitness issues that may arise between the time of application submission and matriculation.
New Hampshire In-State Tuition Waiver
UNH Law students who have been legally domiciled in NH continuously for at least twelve months immediately prior to registering for the term in which in-state status is claimed will be eligible for an in-state tuition waiver of $4,000 per academic year. Admitted applicants who claim in-state status on the application will be contacted by Admissions to supply appropriate evidence of domiciliary prior to July 15, 2014.
Veteran Status / Yellow Ribbon Funding
UNH Law is an unlimited Yellow Ribbon program school; we are committed to making law school affordable for eligible veterans. Tuition waivers and/or scholarships will be applied for admitted applicants upon review of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Certificate of Eligibility for Veterans education benefits.
Applicants who apply to the JD/MBA or JD/MSW programs during the regular JD application cycle are eligible to obtain the two degrees in 3-1/2 years, rather than the usual 4 years required to pursue separately. Applicants interested in these dual degree programs should apply to the JD program during the application cycle, October 1 - April 1, and to the MBA or MSW program by August 15, 2014. The LSAT will serve as the required standardized test for the JD, MBA, and MSW programs. Please indicate on your JD application your intention to apply to the dual degree program. Candidates must apply before the deadlines and be admitted to both programs, and a 1L cumulative grade point minimum must be maintained to qualify for the dual degree.
For the JD/LLM in Intellectual Property, JD/LLM in Commerce & Technology, and JD/LLM in International Criminal Law & Justice, the Registrar will consider an application for one of these degrees after a student completes the first semester of law school. Students should apply for regular admission to the JD program only; notices regarding these joint degree programs will be made during the first year.
Applicants must read the certification carefully and certify that the information contained in the application is complete, accurate and true. Any false or misleading statement, or any misrepresentation in the application or any supplemental materials found to be fraudulent may be the basis for denial and may be reported as misconduct through LSAC.
Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee in approximately 4-6 weeks after completion (receipt of application, recommendations, transcript, essays, resume, certification, application fee, and LSAT score). You may check your status online, and we will notify you via e-mail during the process. Please apprise us of any changes in your contact information.
All applications submitted on or before March 15 will be considered for scholarships. Applications received after March 15 will be reviewed for admission, but may not be eligible for scholarship awards, depending on availability.
Members of the Admissions Staff and Admissions Committee at UNH Law will discuss an application for admission only with the applicant.
The University of New Hampshire School of Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, pregnancy, marital status, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, veteran’s status, genetic predisposition or any other legally protected status in admission to and employment in its programs and activities.
Inquiries regarding UNH Law's non-discrimination policies should be directed to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, University of New Hampshire School of Law, Two White Street, Concord, NH 03301; (603) 228-1541.