Legal Services for the Public

Community members may seek help from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law's clinics. If they meet economic, legal and jurisdictional guidelines, they will be represented by law students who are supervised by practicing attorneys.

General Financial and Geographic Guidelines for Clients

Please note that UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law Clinics only work with low-income clients. Certain financial criteria must be met before our services are offered. For more details, please contact our office. Potential cases must be within certain practice areas and within certain jurisdictions. We only take cases from:

  • Belknap, Sullivan, and Merrimack Counties or Manchester for consumer and landlord/tenant cases
  • Throughout New Hampshire for bankruptcies and intellectual property cases

Cases we DO NOT consider:

  • Department of Employment Security (Unemployment)
  • Department of Health and Human Services cases
  • Department of Safety
  • Social Security Disability
  • Family law such as marital, divorce or custody
  • Medical malpractice
  • Large actions against state, town, school district, etc.
  • Real estate
  • Wills, estates and probate
  • Criminal cases (but we might give advice/referral)

Civil Practice Clinic

Type of cases considered:

●    Bankruptcy – generally we only handle bankruptcies to preserve the client’s home.  Because the Bankruptcy Court is in Concord, we can accept cases from all over New Hampshire, as long as the client is willing to travel to Concord.  

●    Debt collection defense – limited to Merrimack, Hillsborough North, Belknap, and Sullivan counties.  We defend individuals who are being sued by banks, collection agencies, or other creditors to collect consumer debt. 

●    Foreclosure and predatory lending – limited to Merrimack, Hillsborough North, Belknap, and Sullivan counties.

●    Auto fraud – deceptive practices in taking loan applications and processing loans (not lemon law cases), illegal repossessions, and some breach of warranty cases.  Limited to Merrimack, Hillsborough North, Belknap, and Sullivan counties.  

●    Landlord/tenant – We only handle defense of eviction in cases where the basis of the eviction is contrary to law or procedure.  We do not take cases involving non-payment of rent, unless a rent withholding effort was started properly.  

●    Marital cases – The Civil Practice Clinic DOES NOT handle any type of marital case such as divorce, child support, custody, or visitation.  

Intake form for the Civil Practice Clinic - Download

Criminal Practice Clinic

Type of cases considered:

  • ONLY court-appointed criminal cases, Misdemeanor A and Felony B. If you are eligible, you may be given opportunity for an attorney at the time of arrest. Sometimes the appointed attorney is the UNH School of Law's Criminal Practice Clinic.

Intellectual Property and Transaction Clinic

  • Clients may live in any county in New Hampshire.
  • For federal issues, copyright and trademark, clients may live anywhere.
  • Clients must be unable to afford an attorney.
  • Clients are responsible for paying all filing fees and costs.

Although different filing fee levels are available, trademark registrations filed in the clinic carry a $325 filing fee per mark per international class. The filing fee for copyright registration application is $35 for electronically filed applications and $45 for paper filed applications.

Type of cases considered:

  • Copyright registration and counseling
  • Trademark registration and counseling
  • Transactional work, including intellectual property licenses and assignments, recordation of documents with the Patent and Trademark Office and Copyright Office, non-disclosure agreements, consulting agreements and entertainment industry releases and agreements
  • Non-profit entity organization and exempt status application representation
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Business start-ups
  • Patent licensing, but no patent prosecution

(No prior art searches or patent applications)

Other agencies that might be able to help you

Those seeking assistance in areas that we do not cover may choose to contact one of these agencies:

Legal Advice and Referral Center
1 (800) 639-5290
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

NH Legal Assistance
1 (800) 562-3174
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

1 (800) 868-1212
2nd Wed. of month
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Help for NH Homeowners
The Foreclosure Prevention Initiative
Understanding and preventing foreclosure with statewide and national resource listings