Information for Admitted 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.

How to access MyUNH and activate your account

  1. Browse to myaccount.microsoft.com
  2. Enter {{USERNAME}}@usnh.edu and Click Next
  3. Click on the "Forgot my password" link and follow the prompts.
  4. Continue to follow the prompts to Set-up Password Recovery and Multifactor Authentication.

How-to Documentation:

  1. Additional information regarding Claiming Your Account for First-Time Login can be found: https://td.usnh.edu/TDClient/60/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=4686
  2. Additional information regarding setting up Multifactor Authentication can be found: https://td.usnh.edu/TDClient/60/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=4687

Student Payment Options

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

Online Students: In order to secure your seat in the entering class, you are required to submit a nonrefundable tuition deposit in the amount of $250.

To pay your deposit:

  • Pay online - Log in with your UNH Username (USERNAME@usnh.edu) and select "Pay Deposit."
    • International students, choose "International Payment." You will be connected to Flywire where you can pay be wire transfer or money exchange through your local bank.
  • Pay by check - 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.
    • Mail check to the following address:

Attn: Sheryl Patterson
University of New Hampshire Student Accounts
Stoke Hall, 11 Garrison Avenue
Durham, NH 03824

Questions

Please contact UNH Franklin Pierce Admissions by phone at +1-603-513-5300 or by email at admissions@law.unh.edu.

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.

Shortly after paying the required seat deposit, international students will receive an email from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) with instructions on how to apply for the I-20, Certificate of Eligibility.  Obtaining the I-20 is the first step in the visa process.

I-20 Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Letter of Admission
  2. Passport (valid for six months or more beyond degree program start date)
  3. Funds to meet the estimated cost of attendance for your degree program
    1. Bank Certification Letter (recently dated)
    2. Loan Certification Letter
    3. Scholarship Award Letter (if applicable)
  4. Affidavit of Support (for students funded by a sponsor, i.e., parent, aunt, uncle, employer)
  5. Previously issued I-20, visa stamp and I-94 (for students transferring active SEVIS record)

 NOTE:  If you do not receive the instructional email from OISS, and two business days have passed since paying your seat deposit, please notify Admissions.

I-20 Estimated Cost of Attendance 2023:

For I-20 purposes, UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law international students admitted to an LLM or Master’s degree program are required to provide proof of funds to cover the estimated cost of attendance for the duration of the degree program (9 months). The total I-20 estimated cost for LLM and Master’s programs at UNH Franklin Pierce is $60,768.00.

Estimated tuition and fees = $42,314.00

Estimated living expenses = $12,917.00

Estimated Miscellaneous Expenses & Health Insurance = $5,537.00

NOTE:  The I-20 estimated cost of attendance is subject to change, and actual costs may vary per student.  Please remember that this is an estimate for I-20 purposes and not a guaranteed rate, students should refer to their UNH billing statement for balances and payment information.

I-20 Processing Timeline

OISS reviews and processes I-20 applications in the order received.

Students are encouraged to submit I-20 applications as soon as possible.
I-20’s are usually issued within 10 business days.

Business days are Monday - Friday excluding University Holidays.

Incomplete applications or applications without the required documents will delay processing.  OISS will contact students if additional information or clarification is needed for processing.

I-20’s will be provided electronically via email along with information about the next steps in the visa process.

Suggested Resources

UNH Office of International Students and Scholars Pre-Arrival InformationThe U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are reliable resources for information related to all stages of the International Student Life Cycle.  In addition, you will find helpful information in this video on How to Obtain a US Student Visa. Check these resources out when you have a chance and email OISS with any immigration questions that may come up!

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.

Orientation is mandatory. International student orientation will be held August 13-15, and orientation for all new students will be held August 19-20. Additional information will be forthcoming. The first day of classes is August 26.

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

We recommend you start looking for housing in the spring.

HOUSING INFORMATION

Please note that housing availability will turn over frequently in the spring and summer.

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

There is no required reading list, but helpful resources will be shared via an Orientation SharePoint site. We encourage you to review these resources as you prepare for the US legal classroom.

Information about registering for courses will be forthcoming. You will have an opportunity to meet with your academic advisor in July and begin to plan your course schedule. Additional time for course registration will be a part of international student orientation.

The Admissions Office will consider a graduate student's request to defer admission after the $500 nonrefundable seat deposit for residential students, or the $250 nonrefundable seat deposit for online students, has been made, and the admitted student has submitted to the Admissions Office a written request to defer admission. The seat deposit will be credited to the student's tuition for their first semester. Residential students may defer to the following fall year.  Online students may defer to the next term or to the same term the following year.

Several months before matriculation, the Admissions Office will contact deferred students with an updated admission letter that includes the new enrollment date. Admissions will also request updates to contact information and the character and fitness section of the application. Students may also be asked to submit an updated resume. Residential students will be asked to confirm their intent to matriculate and pay a final tuition seat deposit of $250. This additional deposit will be credited to the first semester tuition bill.

Students are only eligible to defer one time. After this, students will need to reapply for admission.

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 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.