Checklist for Admitted Graduate Students

The Admissions Team is here to guide you through the next critical steps in becoming a member of the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law community and looks forward to welcoming you to campus.

Check this page regularly for updates and feel free to contact us with any questions.  Here, you will find the important deadlines and procedures you must follow to secure your seat in the next entering class of graduate students.

Please keep us current on your e-mail and mailing address.

Student Payment Options

In order to secure your seat in the entering class, you are required to submit a nonrefundable tuition deposit in the amount of $500.

To pay your deposit: 

  • Pay online - Log in with your UNH ID and select "Pay Deposit." Next, choose "International Payment." You will be connected to Flywire where you can pay be wire transfer or money exchange through your local bank.
  • In person by check or cash in the Admissions Office - Please make checks or money orders payable to the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law and include your student ID number on the face of the check.
  • By mail to the following address:

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

Questions

Please contact the UNH Law Admissions by phone at (603) 513-5300 or by email at admissions@law.unh.edu.

Note: Registration holds cannot be removed, or records released, until your payment is actually received and posted to your student account so please allow yourself enough time and pay early. A charge of $30 will be assessed for all checks returned by the bank and a hold will be placed on all student records, including transcripts, diplomas, and future registrations until your account is cleared. In addition, your option of paying by personal check in the future may be withdrawn.

U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are eligible for federal financial aid. Your FAFSA will be used to determine your full financial aid package. The FAFSA is available online after January 1. Our school code is 002589, and the priority deadline is March 1.

International students, please visit our Financial Aid webpage for additional resources. The sections “Scholarships – Graduate,” "Scholarships – Online Graduate Programs," and “International Funding Sources” may be particularly helpful to you.

Starting in mid-February, Admissions will provide secure website (WebCat) login access information by email. Check your inbox regularly for updates from Graduate Admissions.

Shortly after paying the required seat deposit, international students will receive an email with instructions on how to use our online system to apply for a SEVIS Certificate of Eligibility, Form I-20 or DS-2019.  After completing the required online process, the Immigration Advisor will review your documents and begin working with you as you apply for a student visa.  If you have any questions, please contact Christine Rousseau, Immigration Advisor, at christine.rousseau@unh.edu

Prior to enrolling at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, the Registrar from your undergraduate degree granting institution must send the Admissions Office an official copy of your final transcript, which shows conferral of your Bachelor’s degree, LL.B., and/or JD.

Your transcript should be sent to:

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

Electronic transcripts should be sent to: admissions@law.unh.edu.

Be sure to visit the Academic Calendar on our Registrar page and mark your calendar accordingly. 

Orientation is mandatory and begins August 18, so please arrive prior to this day. There will be a field trip for international students later during the orientation week.

We do not require students to have a laptop, but you will find life in law school to be much easier with one. Approximately 98% of our students type their exams, so having a laptop is nearly a must. Please review the computer requirements.

Student Services provides a guide to housing. UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law has partnered with Places4Students.com, a company that specializes in providing Off-Campus Housing solutions for students. This service is FREE for anyone to use as an effective method of finding a place to live off-campus or finding a roommate. Registration is not required to search the listings.

Our student-created guide to living in Concord will come in handy as you make your move.

There is no required reading list.

Residential Students:

The Registrar’s Office will register LL.M., Master’s and Graduate Certificate students for all required courses. Students will meet with their academic advisor during orientation to select elective courses and have their advisor sign off on the course selection. Students will then forward the course selection sheet to the Registrar’s Office.

Online Students:

Students will receive an orientation memo with more information about registering for courses and who to contact with questions. The Registrar’s Office will help to ensure students are registered for all appropriate courses.

The Admissions Office will consider a graduate student's request to defer admission to the following semester or to the same term (spring/fall) the following year, after the $500 nonrefundable seat deposit has been made and the admitted student has submitted to the Admissions Office a written request to defer admission.

If the deferment request is approved, the student will be required to submit a nonrefundable Deferment Deposit of $500 within 30 days. The Deferment Deposit, along with the Seat Deposit, will be credited toward the student’s first year.

An admitted student may defer admission just once.

A deferred student must submit an updated resume and a letter of Intent to matriculate to the Admissions Office by April 1 (for fall admission) or October 1 (for spring admission) of the entering year.

Through our ESL Institute at the main campus in Durham, NH, the University of New Hampshire is pleased to offer an array of English language services to international students. The Institute offers 6 levels of intensive and academic English instruction and specialized summer programs with sessions in June and July. For more information, visit: https://cola.unh.edu/esl-institute.

New Hampshire is known for variable weather conditions from day to day – and even within the same day – so we strongly advise you to come prepared for all types of weather conditions.

When you arrive in August, the days will still be warm, but the nights will be getting cooler. Plan to dress in layers so you are prepared for all temperatures. By October or November, it is quite common for temperatures to fall below freezing. And then comes the snow... Having appropriate cold weather gear, such as hats, mittens, scarves, and a warm winter coat are essential, and will allow you to participate in and all the fun winter sports like skiing, snowboarding and ice skating.

By March the snow begins to melt and you can trade your winter clothing for raincoats and wellington boots. The spring season will bring more mild weather with temperatures typically ranging from 15-23 degrees Celsius.

For more tips about what clothing to pack, check out this story about choosing clothing for the New England region.