Preparing You for the Real World
UNH Law was founded on the principle of rigorous applied training. The goal? To create lawyers who know the law and have experienced its complexities through practical preparation.
A few prime examples of UNH Law's focus on practice-ready education:
The Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program
This one-of-a-kind program features rigorous applied training in professional skills and judgment through simulated, clinical and externship settings. Daniel Webster Scholar students bypass the bar exam and are admitted to the New Hampshire Bar upon graduation.
“I wish a law school offered this kind of intensely practical educational program when I was looking at law schools. Knowing what I know now about the skills needed for the real world practice of law, I cannot endorse this approach strongly enough. . . . I am betting that what we are seeing here is, at least in some form, the future of legal education.”
Legal Residency Program
Unlike many schools that require students to extern close by, UNH Law's Legal Residency program sends students all over the country to earn academic credit by working with experienced lawyers in all types of legal settings. This semester, 79 students took advantage of the program in law offices and government positions in New York City, Colorado, Puerto Rico, Washington, DC, California, Texas, and Boston.
"The [legal residency] was the best thing that I did during law school. When I started, I was somewhat nervous because even though I had learned a lot, I did not necessarily know how to use my knowledge and legal skills. As the semester went on, my confidence grew as I was figuring out how to do research in a real-world setting and how to do real-world writing."
UNH Law's clinical programs allow second- and third-year students to represent clients in actual cases in several practice areas. Experienced faculty members, all of whom practiced in their fields prior to teaching, supervise the clinical programs. All clinics include a classroom component, but their primary focus is on real-world experience, much of it in actual courtrooms.
"It brought me back to how I felt about law school before I came here. Now this is on my resume: I did a felony jury trial. That’s real-world experience, that’s work experience. I have a lot of friends in law school, and they don’t have the same clinic experiences, externship opportunities that we have at UNH Law.”
Students who participate in Moot Court have the chance to compete against the top writers and orators from other law schools around the country in both written and oral advocacy. Students compete in competitions focused on constitutional law, entertainment and communications law, trademark law, and corporate liability law, to name a few.
“In terms of becoming practice-ready, Moot Court is incredibly important. Not only does it give you a substantive basis, but it also gives you a confidence that you’ve done it before, that you’ve argued before experienced attorneys and judges, and that’s not an experience you can get in any other forum.”
The Legal Skills Program, which provides an intensive experience in legal writing and research during your three years at UNH Law, will give you the tools to become an articulate and effective lawyer. Faculty members bring great breadth of experience to their classrooms: as practicing lawyers in a variety of fields, as legal researchers and librarians, and as academics.
"There is no equation for effective legal writing. Thankfully, the faculty at UNH law recognizes this and, instead, works with students to develop a foundation for writing applicable to every legal field. As a summer judicial intern, I called upon this foundation constantly and drafted every order with its tenets in mind."