University of New Hampshire

School of Law

LLM, Master’s & Diploma – Application Instructions & Checklist

Applications will not be considered until all required documents are received by the Graduate Programs Admissions Office.

In addition to the application, an applicant must submit the following:

1. The $50 non-refundable application fee.

An application fee of US $50 made payable to the University of New Hampshire School of Law is required of each applicant. Payment must be made in US dollars.

Forms of payment accepted are bank checks, money orders, personal checks (drawn from a US bank), and credit cards (American Express, Visa and Mastercard). Check or money orders may be sent by mail.  Credit card payment may be submitted on the online Application Deposit Fee Form.

An application fee waiver is available upon written request to the Director of Graduate Programs.

2. Two letters of recommendation.

Letters of recommendation are helpful to the Admissions Committee if they show how your particular accomplishments (academic, professional or personal) demonstrate analytical skills, writing ability, independence, self-motivation and other characteristics critical to success in law study and practice. Two recommendations are strongly suggested. If you graduated from university within the past five years, one recommendation should come from a professor. If you choose not to provide recommendations, please explain your choice.

If an individual wishes to write specifically about your qualifications for the University of New Hampshire School of Law, he or she may send a letter or complete a Recommendation Form and send it directly to us at: University of New Hampshire School of Law, Graduate Programs Admissions Office, 2 White Street, Concord, NH, USA 03301.

3. Resume.

(May be attached with online application in Word format.)

4. Transcripts.

We require official transcripts from all universities, graduate schools, and professional schools you have attended or are attending. The transcripts should show courses taken, marks earned and degrees received. If the documents are not in English, official translations must accompany the transcripts. Transcripts must be submitted directly to the University of New Hampshire School of Law in a sealed envelope along with the issuing administrator’s signature by the issuing institution or by the applicant. We will not accept photocopies. Transcripts and translations must be sent directly to the Graduate Programs Admissions Office at the University of New Hampshire School of Law or submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) LL.M. Credential Assembly Service.

International applicants may be interested in a new service provided by LSAC. We recommend that if you received your law degree (LL.M. applicants) or your undergraduate degree (Master applicants) from outside the United States, you subscribe to the Law School (LSAC) LL.M. Credential Assembly Service. This service will save you time and money by allowing you to submit to LSAC only one set of official academic credentials and translations. The LSAC will collect, authenticate, evaluate and distribute your academic records and TOEFL score to numerous U.S. law schools.

If you decide not to use the Law School Admission Council LL.M. Credential Assembly Service, you may choose another service such as World Educational Service, Inc.

5. Official TOEFL score or IELTS score.

NO GRE Examination is required.

If you have earned an undergraduate university degree where the language of instruction was English, no TOEFL examination is required. The waiver must be submitted in writing along with your application. You must have signed documentation from an administrator at the university confirming English language as the medium of instruction.  If you do not have signed documentation, then the English language proficiency requirement will not be waived.

It is in your best interest to take the TOEFL exam long before you are issued an I-20 and schedule your US Embassy appointment. A commonly asked question during the US Embassy appointment is, “Can you submit proof of your TOEFL examination?” If you unable to show proof of a TOEFL examination, it may greatly decrease your ability to receive your student visa for entry into the USA. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT ALL APPLICANTS TAKE THE TOEFL EXAM and SCHEDULE YOUR VISA APPOINTMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

If English is not your native language, you must take the test offered by the Testing of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the test offered by International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The test score must not be more than 2 years old from the date of your application submission. The University of New Hampshire School of Law's (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) Institution Code is 3396 for TOEFL. No code is required for IELTS. No other test of English language proficiency will be accepted.

Accepted TOEFL scores:
Paper: 550, IBT: 80, Computer: 213

Accepted IELTS score: 6

You must also arrange for a telephone interview with the director of Graduate Programs.

The University of New Hampshire School of Law will not grant conditional admission to applicants who do not meet the minimum score requirements but plan to retake the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

6. Essay.

We are interested in learning why you wish to attend UNH School of Law. Please address your goals, how your work and professional experience qualifies you to further your legal studies, and how you intend to apply your advanced degree. You may submit additional information to explain any unusual circumstances with your application. The essay should not exceed four double-spaced typewritten pages. (May be attached with online application in Word format.)


Checklists

Application Materials
Applicants who hold a U.S. Law Degree or hold a U.S. Baccalaureate degree (Master program)

___ Application form
___ Nonrefundable application fee $50
___ Two signed letters of recommendation
___ Resume
___ Academic records and official transcripts
___ Essay

Application Materials
Applicants who hold a foreign law degree or hold a foreign Baccalaureate degree (Master’s program)

___ Application form
___ Nonrefundable application fee $50
___ Two signed letters of recommendation
___ Resume
___ Academic records and official transcripts with certified English translation
___ TOEFL/IELTS score sent directly to UNH School of Law through the testing center
___ Essay

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