University of New Hampshire

School of Law

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:

Legal Residencies

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."

Jennifer Makahusz JD '12
Summer Fellow at the New Hampshire Public Defender in Manchester

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

U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Programs

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.

Read about our 2012 Schweitzer Fellows.

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