DWS Curriculum

Daniel Webster Scholar Program Curriculum

During the second and third years of school, Webster Scholars complete a wide range of courses, including specific, intensive Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program courses. Students demonstrate their developing professional skills and judgment in simulated, clinical, and legal residency settings, and compile a portfolio of work.

Several times during the program, Webster Scholars are required to demonstrate their ability to practice law before judges, lawyers, New Hampshire Bar Examiners, faculty, and classmates. Students must show that they know how to listen, creatively solve problems, make informed judgments, recognize and resolve ethical problems, negotiate and counsel people effectively, and be committed to continuing their education and contributing to the profession.

Webster Scholars may also choose electives. A limited number of the courses required of Webster Scholars will be open only to Webster Scholars. See the University of New Hampshire School of Law Curricular Guide for more information.

Webster Scholars graduate with the rest of their class, assuming all other requirements are met. Although the work is rigorous, the courses required of Webster Scholars count as credits toward graduation. Although summer school is an option, Webster Scholars can complete the work within the regular academic schedule.

Course requirements and sequencing

GPA: Webster Scholars must graduate with a cumulative GPA of at least a B (3.0) (3.0 is not required for admission). Daniel Webster Scholar (DWS) Specific Courses: No grade below a B- (2.67) in any DWS-only designated course.

First Year Requirements Credits
(Required for all UNH Law students) 31
Upper Level Courses Courses Credits

(Required for all UNH Law students)

Administrative Process 3
Criminal Procedure 3
Professional Responsibility 3
Writing Requirement 3
Subtotal: 12
Additional Upper Level Courses Courses Credits
(Recommended for all UNH Law students) Evidence 3
Personal Income Tax 3
Business Associations 3
Wills, Trusts, & Estates 3
Clinic/Residency 6
Subtotal: 18
DWS Required Courses Courses Credits
DWS Pretrial Advocacy 4
(satisfies writing requirement) -3
DWS Miniseries 2
DWS Negotiations & ADR Workshop 3
DWS Trial Advocacy 3
DWS Business Transactions 3
DWS Capstone - Advanced Problem Solving and Client Counseling 2
Subtotal: 14

Total Required Credits: 75

Minimum Additional Electives to Graduate: 10

Required sequencing*

2nd Yr Fall: DWS Pretrial Advocacy (4); Personal Income Tax (3) = (7 credits)

2nd Yr Spring: DWS Trial Advocacy (3); DWS Miniseries (2); DWS Negotiations and ADR (3) = (8 credits)

By the End of 2nd Yr (Either Semester): Business Associations (3); Wills, Trusts, & Estates (3); Evidence (3); = (9 credits)

3rd Yr Fall: DWS Business Transactions (3) = (3 credits)

3rd Yr Spring: DWS Advanced Problem Solving and Client Counseling (Capstone) (2) = (2 credits)

By the End of 3rd Yr: Clinic/Residency at least 6 hours total (including course work) (plus any prerequisites) (6) = (6 credits)

While for academic purposes clinic/residency need only be completed by graduation, it is recommended that students start getting practical legal experience during the summer following their second year, at the latest.

* Daniel Webster Scholar courses must be taken at time indicated; timing of non-DWS courses may be subject to modification by individual Webster Scholar request, primarily based upon scheduling conflicts.