Flexible Track Patent Law Program


Credentialing Patent Professionals for Law Practice

In today’s competitive patent law practice, top professional organizations and firms wish to retain their highly-qualified patent agents and technical specialists by offering them the opportunity to earn their J.D. degree. Upon completion of the J.D. degree, these valuable employees bring new expertise and benefits to their employers.

Program Highlights

UNH Law is the only U.S. News & World Report Top 100 law school and Top 10 IP Program in New England to offer a flexible schedule option to patent bar eligible professionals. This innovative program allows patent bar eligible students to attend UNH Law’s J.D. program two days per week while continuing to work.

The program is designed to take advantage of UNH Law’s expansive curriculum in IP law, including more than two dozen course offerings. Students will benefit from access to all UNH Law activities, including law review and academic success programming such as the Preliminary Bar Exam. 

Successful candidates for admission must be working on at least a part-time basis in a patent-related job, in positions such as patent agent, technology specialist, scientist or engineer, and meet UNH Law’s admission requirements. Students will be able to complete the program in as little as three-and-a-half years, or they may take up to five years.

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Curriculum & Requirements

The curriculum is standardized for the first two years and includes a mix of traditional first-year classes and patent law and practical training. 

For example, students will take legal research, civil procedure and property law during their first year; they also will take a patent claims and prosecution class, a class about patent research, and a survey of IP law. By the end of the second year in the program, students will have completed all foundational classes. In the final semesters, students will take a mixture of upper division requirements and bar classes and choose among the expansive UNH Law IP curriculum. 

The Flexible Track J.D. Patent program debuts in Fall 2016. Potential applicants to the program must have taken the LSAT and completed their bachelor’s degree before matriculation. Students should take the February or June LSAT to be considered for admission to the program.

Course of Study

First year

Fall Semester (credits) Winter Intersession Spring Semester
Civil Procedure (4) Patent Mining (2) Property (4)
Patent Practice I (3)   Fundamentals of IP (3)
Legal Research (2)   Patent Practice (3)

Second Year

Fall Semester (credits) Winter Intersession Spring Semester
Torts (3) Option for mini-course Constitutional Law (4)
Contracts (4)   Legal Writing II (3)
Legal Writing 1 (2)   Patent Law (3)
Mini-course (2) (optional) Mondays Mini-course (2) (optional)

Upper level required courses

  • Administrative Process
  • Article II Sales
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Criminal Procedure I
  • Business Associations
  • Personal Income Tax
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates 

Upper level electives

Students may choose electives including: Trademark, Copyright, Technology Licensing, Advanced Patent Law Seminar, Patent Appeals, Privacy Law, Health Law, Advanced Patent Litigation, Advanced Topics in Health Law, Contract Design, Copyright Licensing, Dispute Resolution, Expert Witness & Scientific Evidence, Intellectual Property & Transaction Clinic, Judicial Opinion Drafting, Patent Application Practice & Procedure, Patent Practice & Procedure I, Patent Practice & Procedure II, Securities Regulation, Trial Advocacy and Writing for Practice. Students may earn some credits online.

Additional IP Curricular Features

IDEA: The Journal of The Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property; IP Law Moot Court Teams (Patent, Trademark, and Copyright/Entertainment Law); two IP clinics (IP transaction and international technology transfer and development); IP focused student organizations, including opportunities to participate in the Gajarsa Inns of Court and the NH Bar Association IP Law Section.

1. Identify potential employees for program admission

2. Review patent bar eligibility

3. Register for December, February or June LSAT

4. Applicant to complete application process

  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcript

5. Consider remote office arrangements with UNH Law Business Office.