Advanced Standing Program

Advanced Standing Program for Foreign Lawyers

UNH Law offers highly qualified foreign trained lawyers advanced standing admission to its J.D. program. This program allows foreign lawyers to earn their J.D. in two years. This program is ideal for international lawyers who are also seeking admission to practice law in the United States, particularly because New Hampshire is a uniform bar examination jurisdiction.

Program Highlights

Applicants may transfer in up to 28-transfer qualifying credits for prior law study.

Students follow a rigorous course of study that prepares them for practice and the bar exam, including:

Business Associations

Article II Sales

Civil Procedure

Legal Writing II


The Legal Profession*

Constitutional Law

Administrative Process

Criminal Law

Criminal Process


Professional Responsibility


Upper Level Writing

Legal Writing I*

Upper Level Skills

Legal Research and Information Literacy*

Wills, Trust & Estates


A clinic or JD legal residence of no more than 4 credits

The courses designated with * may not be satisfied by law study at another institution, except in unusual circumstances

Advanced Standing students may also choose to follow particular pathways to prepare them in areas of practice such as Intellectual Property.

The following are examples of pathways:

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patent law

Patent Law, Patent Prosecution I & II, and two patent law electives

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Sports & entertainment law

Sports Law, Entertainment Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law

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Business law

Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, Business Entities Taxation; Antitrust

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practice ready

Trial Advocacy, Negotiations, Writing for Practice, Clinics

Advanced Standing students may also be eligible to participate in UNH Law ReviewIDEA, and Moot Court

Admissions Requirements

UNH Law’s JD admission requirements include:

  • Proof of a first and/or second degree in law;
  • Academic transcripts;
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 100 or an LSAT of 156 or higher;
  • Letters of recommendation;
  • Character and fitness certification.


UNH Law offers generous scholarships for applicants from partner schools. Please contact our admissions team for further information about scholarship eligibility.