Admissions FAQs

What You Want to Know

What graduate programs do you offer?

We offer specialized LL.M. degrees in Intellectual Property, Commerce and Technology and International Criminal Law and Justice.

We have interdisciplinary Master’s programs in: Intellectual Property, Commerce and Technology and International Criminal Law and Justice.

We also offer one-semester Graduate Certificates in Intellectual Property, and Commerce and Technology.

Am I a good fit?

The LL.M. program is ideal for domestic and foreign-trained attorneys seeking specialized training.

The Intellectual Property Master’s degree program is a good fit for domestic and foreign engineers, scientists or business professionals who want a specialized degree.

The International Criminal Law and Justice Master’s program is designed for professionals, students and scholars in diplomatic, criminal, military or law enforcement communities around the globe.

What are the admission requirements?

You can find a specific list of requirements listed on our application checklist page.

Do I need a law degree to be admitted into the master’s program?

You do not need a law degree. We welcome applicants for a variety of educational and professional backgrounds!

What is the cost of tuition?

Detailed information about tuition and fees can be found on our website: https://www.unh.edu/business-services/tuitlaw.

Please feel free to contact us at admissions@law.unh.edu if you have additional questions about tuition or fees.

Will I be required to take the LSAT examination?

There is not entrance exam required for admissions. You do not need to take the LSAT or the GRE.

Is work experience required?

No work experience is necessary. Students who are just beginning their professional journey and students with decades of experience are welcome to apply. We take a holistic approach to application review and look at each applicant individually.

Who is exempt from the language proficiency requirement?

You may be exempt if you received your undergraduate degree from a college or university where English was the medium language of instruction.
 
Since I am in the United States, will you accept photocopies of my academic documents from an institution based in a foreign country?

We will not accept photocopies.

Should my transcripts be evaluated before I submit them?

Yes. All international applicants, both to our online and residential programs, must have their transcripts translated to English and evaluated through a credential evaluation service such as LSACWES or Globe.

Am I required to register for the LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service?

No, we do not require applicants to register for LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service. All applicants are welcome to apply online through our website. However, all international applicants (both online and residential) must have their transcripts evaluated through a credential evaluation service such as LSACWES or Globe. Applicants applying to multiple schools are encouraged to use LSAC's Credential Assembly Service as the service may save you time and money by allowing you to submit to LSAC only one set of official credentials and translations.

When can I begin the program? 

Students have the option to enroll in the fall (August) for our residential programs. Online programs have fall and spring (January) entry.

Please see how to apply for specific entry terms and application deadlines.

UNH Law has rolling admissions, so it is best to apply early. Late applicants are evaluated if time and space permit. International applicants to residential programs should complete their application by June 1 in order to allow time for the visa process.

When are classes scheduled?

Classes are typically scheduled Mondays through Fridays during the morning and early afternoon.

What if I am not sure if the online program is right for me?

Students may “try out” UNH Law’s graduate law online programs by registering for online courses (up to 9 credits) as a nondegree student. To apply to take a course as a nondegree student, please complete an application and submit a transcript that reflects completion of at least an undergraduate degree. International applicants should also provide proof of English language ability. Nondegree students may apply to the program at any time with approval from the program chair.

How many credits are necessary to complete the degree?

The LL.M. degree requires 24 credits. The Master’s degree requires 30 credits. The Graduate Certificate requires 15 credits.

Am I eligible to participate in an internship/externship?

Internships and externships are not a part of the LL.M. and Master’s programs. However, students interested in gaining hands-on work experience are eligible to participate in legal clinics, such as our Intellectual Property Transaction Clinic and our International Technology Transfer Institute.
 
May I transfer to the Juris Doctor program after matriculating in the Master’s or LL.M. program?

Students enrolled in the Master’s or LL.M. program may apply to the J.D. program after completing their first semester.  Also, UNH Franklin Pierce offers highly qualified foreign trained lawyers advanced standing admission to the J.D. program.

After completion of the LL.M. program, will I be eligible to take a bar examination?

The Residential LLM is not specifically designated as a “bar prep” LLM program. However, many of our students do sit for a U.S. bar exam following graduation. Therefore, you may be eligible to sit for a bar exam after completing the program, but eligibility can vary significantly by state. Most LLM graduates from UNH Franklin Pierce and other schools across the US will attempt the New York bar exam. Historically, New York has the most attainable eligibility requirements for graduates of a one-year LLM program. Other states also have a high concentration of LLM applications, including California and Washington State. And other states, including our neighboring state of Massachusetts, have requirements that may be attainable through the program. For more information about requirements, please visit the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements.

Students interested in preparing for a U.S. bar exam should consult their assigned faculty mentor and the Office of Academic Advising on course selection to ensure they take all courses required to meet a given state’s eligibility requirements. In additional, the Academic Success Program at UNH Franklin Pierce also provides support to LLM students interested in taking a U.S. bar exam. Services provided includes group workshops, one on one counseling, and the opportunity to sit for a preliminary bar exam.

What is OPT and how does it work?

Optional Practical Training (OPT) allows students in the USA on an F-1 visa the opportunity to obtain hands-on work experience (employment) in areas related to their academic major for up to 12 months after completing their degree program. Students must complete one year of academic study by the date the OPT approval begins. The UNH Office of International Students and Scholars will assist students with applying for OPT. The UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law Career Services Office will support students through the OPT job search and application process.

What Career Services are available to graduate law students?

Our Career Services Office provides a range of comprehensive services to LLM and graduate law students related to the job search process. These services include group workshops, 1:1 meetings with career counselors, resume samples and individual review, support with cover letters, mock interviews, job postings, an alumni directory, lists of organizations that have hired LLM and master’s students in the past, and an internal website with practice area summaries, how-to-guides, and more.

What are my housing options?

There are a variety of housing options in the Concord area. Admitted students are given access to Places4Students where they can view a list of available housing from local landlords. You will need a username and password to access the housing list. All instructions are posted on the housing website. The law school has also reserved some housing for international graduate law students. For more information, please contact Darrell.Krook@law.unh.edu.

Are scholarships or other financial assistance options available to international students?

Yes! Applicants for residential programs are eligible for partial tuition scholarships. Priority will be given to individuals who apply before May1. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must also request a scholarship under the financial assistance section in the application.

A limited number of partial tuition scholarships are also available for students in our online graduate law programs. Priority will be given to individuals who apply by July 1 for the fall semester and by November 15 for the spring semester. Scholarships decisions are based on both merit and financial aid. Please indicate in your application that you would like to be considered for financial aid.

Federal financial aid is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Eligible students must complete a FAFSA form online, and a financial aid award letter will be sent to qualified students shortly thereafter.