University of New Hampshire

School of Law

JD Admissions – Frequently Asked Questions

Admission  |  Scholarships  |  Academics  |  Financial Aid  |  Professional Advancement  |  Student Life Housing

Admissions

When should I submit my application?

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. Applying earlier in the cycle is better for both admission and scholarship consideration.

When will I receive an admissions decision?

You should expect to receive a decision within 4-6 weeks.

How will I receive my admissions decision?

If you are admitted to the law school, you will receive an email as well as an official letter by mail with your decision.

If you are waitlisted or denied, you will receive an email informing you of this decision. Waitlisted applicants will receive an update on the status of their application as decisions are made.

Applicants may check the status of their application at any time through our online system.

What do I need to submit to make my application complete?

Along with the application through www.lsac.org, we require you to submit a nonrefundable $55 application fee, personal statement, resume, LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report, supplemental statement(s) if necessary, and two recommendations (preferably at least one in letter form).

How many recommendations are required?

We require you to submit two recommendations (preferably at least one in letter form), though we will consider up to three. We will accept a combination of letters of recommendation and evaluations. If you are a recent graduate, recommendations from faculty at your bachelor degree-conferring institution are best.

If you have been in the workforce for some time and find it difficult to connect with professors at your previous school, current and former employers who can describe your skills and achievements are best.

What are the median LSAT score and GPA for enrolled students?

For the entering Fall 2013 class, the median LSAT score was 157 and the median GPA was 3.39. Please review the Profile for entering class demographics.

Is there a conditional admission program?

UNH Law does not have a conditional admission program. We conduct a thorough review of all materials submitted in an applicant’s application and do not base our decision solely on LSAT and/or UGPA.

I applied before and was waitlisted/denied. How do I reapply?

Regardless of previous applications, the application process is the same. You may want to consult with a member of the Admissions Team for advice on your application.

How do I apply for the Daniel Webster Scholar (DWS) Honors Program?

If you are interested in the DWS Honors Program, you can indicate that on your application for admission. Admitted students who indicated an interest in the program will be contacted in February or March and asked to complete an initial application for early admission to the DWS program.

A select group of those applying for early admission to DWS will be accepted into the program. However, if you are unsure at the time of application or are not selected for early admission to the program, you may apply in the second half of your first year through the regular 1L DWS application process.  


Scholarships

When will I find out if I have been awarded a merit-based scholarship?

Merit scholarships are awarded at the time of admission. If you meet the award criteria, your scholarship award letter will arrive with your admission packet.

What are the conditions for renewing my scholarship?

These will be outlined in your scholarship letter, depending upon the type of scholarship. While many law schools require a specific GPA to be met in order to maintain the scholarship, UNH Law follows a different system where you can be eligible to receive a percentage of your scholarship depending on where your GPA lies at the end of your 1L year.


Academics

Does UNH Law offer a part-time or evening program?

No, UNH Law is a full-time day program.

Does the law school offer any academic support programs?

At UNH Law, we offer the Academic Success Program (ASP) in order to assist students in learning the skills necessary to excel in law school, on the bar exam, and in legal practice. ASP offers workshops, individualized tutoring with the program director, student mentors, and skills coaches. 

How long are the academic terms?

UNH Law runs on a semester basis. The school year begins in late August and ends in mid-May, with a break from mid-December to mid-January. Feel free to review our Academic Calendar.

How many credits are required to graduate with a JD?

85 credits. Students take 31 credits in the first year.

What clinical programs does the law school offer?

There are several clinics offered, which provide students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to real cases.

UNH Law offers these clinics:

  • Administrative Agency,
  • Consumer and Commercial Law,
  • Criminal Practice
  • Immigration Law
  • Mediation
  • Intellectual Property and Transaction
  • International Technology Transfer Institute

You can find more about these opportunities on our Clinics page.

What dual degrees are offered?

As part of the University of New Hampshire, UNH Law is able to offer two dual degree programs.

Students interested in earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Social Work (MSW) along with their Juris Doctor (JD) degree are able to do so by completing coursework at both UNH Law in Concord and the main UNH campus in Durham.

Those interested in the dual degree programs must apply for the JD degree through UNH Law as well as the MBA or MSW degree at UNH. Visit our Dual Degrees page for more information.


Financial Aid

When should I apply for financial aid?

You may begin the financial aid application process after January 1 for the upcoming academic year. The priority deadline is March 1.

What is the School Code number for UNH Law? 

002589

When will I receive my financial aid package?

If you are admitted and we have received the results of your FAFSA electronically, your financial aid award will be posted on our secure website (WebCat). For more information, please visit the Cost and Financing page.


Professional Advancement

I know that UNH Law is known for intellectual property law. Is UNH Law the right place for me if I am not interested in a career in intellectual property law?

UNH School of Law has a long-standing reputation as a pioneer in intellectual property law. This aside, UNH Law offers studies in a variety of concentrations, including:

  • Business
  • Commerce and Technology
  • Criminal Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Litigation
  • Public Policy & Social Justice
  • Sports and Entertainment Law
  • Intellectual Property

Our various clinics and legal residencies offer real-world experience in many areas of law. We invite you to view our full course list.

How does UNH Law prepare students to get jobs?

UNH Law has a full Career Services staff, who work closely with students to prepare them for life after law school. Career Services offers individual counseling, programs and workshops throughout the year, and is an invaluable resource for law students.

In addition, our clinics and legal residency program allow students to take their knowledge into real-life situations and learn from experienced legal professionals and practicing lawyers.


Student Life

What student groups and activities can I join as a law student?

There are numerous active student organizations on the UNH Law campus. There is something for everyone depending on their interests and future career goals. For a full list of student organizations, please visit http://law.unh.edu/student-organizations.

What types of events are typical at UNH Law?

UNH Law offers many opportunities for students to participate in a variety of events both on and off campus.

The Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy host numerous events, including but not limited to visits, panel discussions, and lectures from prominent figures in their respective fields.

Recent examples include:

Is the law school accessible to students with disabilities?

UNH Law is an intimate learning environment, making it easily accessible. Classes are all held in our main building, which includes several elevators.


Housing

Is on-campus housing available?

While there is no on-campus housing at UNH Law, many students live within walking distance as there is an abundance of off-campus housing located within the immediate area.

Concord is a small but vibrant community so no matter where in Concord a student lives, they will likely be within a 10-15 minute commute of the campus.

I do not currently live in the Concord area. How can I find an apartment off-campus?

At UNH Law, we offer assistance in finding housing off-campus. We have a Housing Coordinator who can assist students as needed and oversees the Housing Marketplace.

You will find other resources at the Marketplace and may consult our Housing Guide for helpful guidelines related to rentals.

 

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