The First Hybrid J.D. Program with a Focus on Intellectual Property

UNH Law’s Hybrid Juris Doctor in Intellectual Property

The first Hybrid J.D. Program with a focus on Intellectual Property, Technology, and Information Law

In the digital age, every client is both a consumer and producer of content, and there is an increasing need for attorneys who understand IP law and strategy. Join the movement and earn your J.D. primarily online through UNH Law’s Hybrid J.D. Program.

Launching in fall 2019—pending final University and ABA approval— UNH Law will be offering a new Hybrid (online and residential) J.D. Program with a focus on intellectual property (“IP”). This innovative program allows J.D. students to complete required coursework through both synchronous and asynchronous online channels with minimal residential requirements, replacing the need to relocate to New Hampshire to earn their law degree.

The knowledge economy is an intellectual property economy

UNH Law’s Hybrid J.D. Program is aimed at professionals who work in intellectual property and technology, an area where UNH Law has been a top-ranked program since its founding and where our faculty are internationally recognized experts. The program will innovatively create the first Hybrid J.D. tailored to a specific area of law—in this case, IP law. 

The Hybrid J.D. will offer parity with UNH Law’s residential J.D. in regard to 

  • devoted full-time faculty resources
  • student services
  • curriculum
  • academic support 
  • admissions standards

Additionally, the Hybrid J.D. Program will also maintain compliance with the overall ABA Standards.

Engagement & Delivery

The Hybrid J.D. Program allows students to remain in their jobs and homes while earning their J.D. because the curriculum will require them only to come to campus for select and well-planned periods of residency each term (fall term—two periods of 3-5 days each, spring & summer terms—one period of 3-5 days). 

The balance of the curriculum—as well as other crucial areas of student engagement, such as career services and academic support—will be done remotely, either synchronously or asynchronously. 

Online instruction and coursework will include

  • live and pre-recorded video lectures
  • reading and writing assignments
  • assessments
  • discussion board contributions

Learning management system orientation and 24/7 tech support will be provided, as well as virtual office hours and 1-to-1 real-time engagement opportunities with faculty and fellow students.

Stay in your job.  Stay in your home.  Become a lawyer in 3.5 years.

The curriculum is designed to be year-round, 10 semesters total, lasting 3.5 years. Additionally, Hybrid J.D. students will have the opportunity to participate in UNH Law’s legal residency program  during their final year in the program.

At all times, whether on-campus or on-line, as a member of UNH Law, students will experience the same high-caliber J.D. experience that generates practice-ready attorneys that our residential J.D. students enjoy.

Students’ Goals and Needs

UNH’s Hybrid J.D. Program is specifically tailored to address students’ professional goals and current life circumstances through online instruction that is rigorous, cutting-edge, practice-driven, and specialized in IP law. 

UNH Law is #5 in the U.S. for jobs

Faculty will utilize UNH Law’s institutional expertise to ensure that Hybrid graduates pass the bar exam at the same rate as residential students and are equally well-versed in all general areas of the law. 

For reference, in 2017, UNH Law’s first-time bar passage rate was 93.3% across 14 jurisdictions (number 15 in the nation). Additionally, 95% of UNH Law 2017 J.D. graduates were employed within 10 months of graduation (number 5 in the country for open-market job placement).

IP Focus

The intellectual property focus of this innovative Hybrid J.D. represents an ideal fit between the delivery and the content. 

IP law encompasses the questions of how new digital technologies are developed and deployed to benefit society and stakeholders within it. 

Using state-of-the-art capacities in digital educational technologies to teach law to students who are focused on practicing in the broad field of law that supports technological innovation establishes a virtuous circle. UNH Law will support Hybrid J.D. graduates as they in turn support the inventors, companies, and others who will build the next generation of new technologies to bring about educational, economic, and countless other societal benefits.

Why is this Hybrid J.D. for me?

Employment forecasts in positions related to IP Law are projecting these positions to increase as fast or significantly faster than the average job growth, including in education, healthcare, engineering, entertainment, licensing, technology development, new ventures, and finance. 

This program fills a specific need for working professionals who are unable or unwilling to leave their full time jobs to relocate or attend law school full time but are motivated by the ability to advance their career, the impact of intellectual property in their current role, a desire to better understand their industry, interest in increased interdepartmental collaboration, or to acquire additional strategies to help with job efficiency.

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