Advancing Your Career
Experiential education has always been at the core of UNH Law's mission and it's one of the founding principles of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Policy. Students at the Rudman Center are provided with a wide range of opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to practice as a public interest lawyer. There are several programs available to students that provide rewarding, hands-on legal experiences:
The University of New Hampshire School of Law has a highly regarded Legal Residency program that places students in quality public interest positions around the country and gives them the opportunity to apply substantive law from class to real cases and real clients. Some recent UNH Law residencies have placed students in state and federal courts; the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office; New Hampshire's Disability Rights Center; the Public Interest Research Group; the NH Civil Liberties Union; the NH Human Rights Commission; the National Network to End Domestic Violence; and the ABA Juvenile Justice Center.
UNH Law's clinics bring the law to life by allowing students to apply their knowledge to real cases, and expose students to the expectations, culture, and ethics of a law practice. Current clinical offerings include: Administrative Agency Clinic, Consumer and Commercial Law Clinic, Criminal Practice Clinic, Immigration Law Clinic, Intellectual Property and Transaction Clinic, and Mediation Clinic.
Rudman Summer Fellowships
For decades UNH Law has funded a cadre of committed law students for summer work opportunities in public interest and government service positions. Many of these law students have leveraged these work experiences to further their legal career for social justice and the public good.
"Every day, I walk into the office and I am handed a different project that further enhances my desire to become a public defender. To me, this is not just about helping my clients shape their future, it is about shaping my future as well."
This year’s inaugural class of Summer Rudman Fellows is:
- Vitali Anfimov
- Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office
- Christian Ansah
- Philadelphia Public Defender’s Office
- Jessica Canter
- Federal Public Defender’s Office, Western District of Texas
- Juli Hincks
- New Hampshire Legal Assistance
- Andrew Jabaji
- Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services
- David Kolesar
- New Hampshire Public Defender
- Jillian Lawrence
- Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office and City of Concord Prosecutor
- Sean List
- New Hampshire Bar Association, DOVE Project
- Callan Maynard
- New Hampshire Public Defender
- Timothy McKernan
- State Employees Association of New Hampshire
- Rahkiya Medley
- Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General
- Aaron Farides-Mitchell
- Federal Department of Education, Civil Rights Division
- Lina Shayo
- New Hampshire Catholic Charities
- Jennifer Shea
- New Hampshire Circuit Court, Family Division
- Shea Sennett
- New Hampshire Disability Rights Center
The U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Programs® provide community service fellowships for graduate students, including law students who seek to help those currently underserved by our health care system. The service project is one of the core elements of the Fellows Program. Each fellow designs a service project that provides at least 200 hours of service through an existing community agency and under the supervision of an academic and community based mentor. The program also provides great professional networking opportunities through Fellows for Life conferences and connections. Since 2004, at least one UNH School of Law student has received a fellowship each year.
It is a one-year interdisciplinary program focused on community service, leadership development and reflection. The project should aim to provide direct service to an under-served population in New Hampshire, eliminate health disparities, and improve quality of life. For ideas, you may use the nation's public health agenda, Healthy People 2020.
Application guidelines and instructions are available. They accept both individual and two-person team projects.