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Rudman Center - Certificate Programs & Public Interest Curricular Paths

Fiscal Responsibility Certificate

Consistent with Senator Rudman’s values, the Rudman Center offers a certificate program in fiscal responsibility for students interested in government service and the responsible stewardship of the public fisc.

The program adopts an interdisciplinary and experiential approach to training future lawyers in governmental budgeting, spending, and fiscal policy-making.

UNH Law awards this certificate through the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy. It is awarded only to those granted a UNH Juris Doctor degree. The program embraces an interdisciplinary approach to training future lawyers in federal budgeting, spending and policy making through course work and practical skills training.

Candidates must notify, in writing, both the Registrar and the Director of the Rudman Center of intention to pursue the certificate before their 5th semester in the case of candidates for only a JD, or before their 6th semester at the Law School in the case of candidates for Joint or Dual Degrees.

This is an overview of the requirements for this certificate. Please refer to the Student Handbook Academic Rules for a complete listing.

Required Courses


Administrative Process

3 - UNH Law

Federal Legislation, Budget and Appropriations Process

3 - UNH Law

Leadership and Fiscal Responsibility Capstone Course

3 - UNH Law

Personal Federal Income Taxation

3 - UNH Law

An approved graduate-level course at UNH’s Business School, Political Science Department, or Department of Public Administration


An approved legal residency (externship) placement through UNH Law

3  - UNH


At least 3 - UNH Law

Note: None of these courses (except the legal residency) may be taken on an S/U basis.
Each candidate must achieve a grade of B-or better in Administrative Process and Personal Federal Income Taxation and a grade of B or better in the other graded courses.

Public Interest Curricular Paths

The Rudman Center’s Academic Chair consults with the Legal Residencies Director, clinical faculty, faculty advisors, and Rudman Center faculty and advisors to help students construct curricular paths appropriate to their areas of practice interest. Such curricular paths include recommended coursework, legal residencies, clinical experience, and summer placements. 

Interested students also will be connected with faculty and programs at other UNH campuses, such as the Carsey School for Public Policy, the College of Health and Human Services, the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, the Peter B. Paul College of Business and Economics, and other UNH colleges.

Public interest law careers follow many paths, including:

  • General legal services for underserved
    communities and populations
  • Government lawyering
  • Criminal law
  • Health law
  • Sustainability law
  • Immigration law
  • Human rights law
  • Community development