Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Law

Blockchain’s distributed ledger technology and cryptographically secured assets are absolutely the future of business and will profoundly impact, and in some cases, completely transform every industry.

Blockchain technology is transparent, immutable, and borderless. At its core, a blockchain involves the novel combination of the internet and existing encrypted, peer-to-peer technology to organize transnational information in a digital database that is verified and maintained by a network of computers instead of a centralized intermediary.

Increase your value and opportunities in the workforce, set yourself apart from your peers, and join UNH Franklin Pierce Blockchain at the leading edge of the intersection of technology, business and law.

UNH Franklin Pierce's Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and blockchain law expert, Professor Tonya M. Evans, has teamed up with world renowned faculty and guest lecturers to develop this Certificate, designed to deliver a world-class educational immersion experience—that you can do online, on your own schedule! Past guests include: SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce, former US Mint Chair Ed Moy, author and researcher Mike Casey, developer Vlad Zamfir, Bermudan Premier David Burt. Fall 2019 guests include Cailtin Long and Sandra Ro, as well as returning guests.

Program Benefits

  • ACQUIRE insight into the legal implications of this emerging global technology.
  • EXPLORE how to address the legal implications of blockchain’s distributed ledger technology, cryptocurrencies (including Bitcoin, Ethereum etc.), smart contracts, and decentralized applications.
  • RECEIVE direct instruction from, and access to, leading experts invested in empowering professionals to implement strategies to navigate the legal landscapes of government, payment systems, intellectual property, regulation, and civil and criminal liability.
  • DISCOVER in-depth knowledge about the economic impact of token issuance, the intellectual property implications of blockchain technology, and various governmental use cases to address and solve for a host of public sector problems.

Program Features

  • 100% online (no residency required)
  • Asynchronous courses (video lectures and coursework completed on your schedule)
  • Complete full digital “Mastery” Certificate in one year (or longer if you choose) or single-semester micro-credential digital badges all managed via Credly (digital badge provider)
  • Global industry-leading blockchain and crypto assets faculty and world renowned guest speakers
  • B.A. is required. You do not need to apply to law school or have a legal or technical background.


  • 2-semester Full Certificate cost: $3,995 (Flexible payment options available; $250 seat deposit required)
  • Single-semester Badge cost: $2,495 (Flexible payment options available; $250 seat deposit required)

Start Date

January, May, and August start dates. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


  • Term 1: Fundamentals of Blockchain Law – Semester 1
    • This course provides participants with an overview of the core characteristics of blockchains, distributed ledger systems and cryptographic assets. Students will learn the history of Bitcoin and its role in disrupting the financial industry. Further, they will be able to distinguish between different types of blockchains and crypto assets, understand the purpose and application of smart contracts and decentralized applications, learn the interrelationship between blockchain and AI, ML and IP, and understand the privacy, security and ethical concerns triggered by blockchain technology.
  • Term 2: Advanced Topics in Blockchain Law – Semester 2
    • The second semester provides students the opportunity for an advanced exploration of topics, including industry-specific applications in greater depth and breadth.
      • Tokenomics and Cryptocurrency Regulation (3 modules)
      • Cryptoeconomics and Blockchain Governance (3 modules)
      • Data Privacy & Security (3 modules)
      • Smart Government (2 modules)
      • Blockchain for Social Impact (2 modules)
      • Ethics of Distributed Systems in Healthcare (1 module)

Faculty and Adjunct Professors

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Tonya M. Evans
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Creator and Coordinator, BCL Online Professional Certificate Program
Professor of Law
Phone: (603) 945-1802