Application Checklist

Applications will not be considered complete, or reviewed, until all required documents are received. To ensure all documents are accurately attached to your application in a timely manner, please submit your application before sending any supporting documentation.

In addition to the application, an applicant must submit the following:

  • Application fee (currently being waived for all LL.M., Master, and Certificate programs)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Transcripts (translated and evaluated by credential authentication service)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score
  • Essay                                

No GRE, LSAT or GMAT score is required

Two letters of recommendation are required. If you graduated from university within the past five years, one recommendation should come from a professor. 

If an individual wishes to write specifically about your qualifications for the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, he or she may send a letter to us at:

UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law
Admissions Office
2 White Street
Concord, NH, USA 03301

You may send this electronically to

All applicants must submit official transcripts of a baccalaureate degree. Applicants to the LL.M. degree program must submit official transcripts of a completed J.D., LL.B or recognized equivalent law degree.

Official transcript means:

  • A paper or electronic transcript certified by the issuing institution and delivered directly to the law school; or
  • A paper or electronic transcript verified by a third-party credential assembly service and delivered directly to the law school; or
  • A paper transcript certified by the issuing institution and delivered by the applicant in a sealed envelope.

All international students should have their transcripts translated (if not already in English) and evaluated by a credential authentication service. If the documents are not in English, official translations must accompany the transcripts. Transcripts and translations must be submitted directly to the Admissions Office at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, or submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) LL.M. Credential Assembly Service or another third party credential evaluation service. Transcripts sent directly to Franklin Pierce should be sent in a sealed envelope with the issuing administrator's signature by the issuing institution or by the applicant. We will not accept photocopies.

International applicants applying to multiple schools may be interested in a service provided by LSAC. We recommend that if you received your law degree (LL.M. applicants) or your undergraduate degree (Master applicants) from outside the United States, you subscribe to LSAC’s LL.M. Credential Assembly Service. This service will save you time and money by allowing you to submit to LSAC only one set of official academic credentials and translations. LSAC will collect, authenticate, evaluate and distribute your academic records and TOEFL/IELTS score to numerous U.S. law schools.

If you decide not to use the Law School Admission Council LL.M. Credential Assembly Service, you may choose another service such as World Educational Service, Inc. or Globe.

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score, taken within three years from the time of application submission. If you have earned an undergraduate university degree where the language of instruction was English, no TOEFL or IELTS examination is required. However, you must have signed documentation from an administrator at the university confirming English language as the medium of instruction. The University Of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School Of Law’s Institution Code is 3396 for TOEFL. No code is required for IELTS. No other test of English language proficiency will be accepted.

Accepted TOEFL scores:

  • Paper: 550
  • IBT: 80

Accepted IELTS score: 6.5

The Admission Committee may waive the proof of language ability requirement under compelling circumstances.

Please address:

  • Your goals
  • How your work and professional experience qualifies you to further your legal studies
  • How you intend to apply your advanced degree

You may submit additional information to explain any unusual circumstances with your application (may be sent electronically).

If you are working with an agent, please indicate this on your application and include the name of the agency.