Admissions FAQ

What You Want to Know

When should I apply?

We accept applications for fall admission only on a rolling basis beginning be Sept 15. Our priority application deadline is March 15. For the best admission and scholarship consideration, you should apply earlier in the cycle.

When will I receive an admissions decision?

You should expect to receive a decision within four to six weeks.

How will I receive my admissions decision?

If you are admitted to the law school, you will receive an email as well as an official letter by mail.

If you are wait-listed or denied, we will send an email informing you of the decision. Wait-listed applicants will receive an update on their application status as decisions are made.

Applicants may check the status of their application online at any time.

What do I need to submit to complete my application?

In addition to your application through, you must submit a personal statement, resume, LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report, supplemental statement(s) if necessary and two recommendations (preferably at least one in letter form).

How many recommendations are required?

You must submit two recommendations (preferably at least one in letter form), though we will consider up to three. We will accept a combination of letters of recommendation and evaluations. If you are a recent graduate, recommendations are best from faculty at your undergraduate institution.

If you have been in the workforce for a while and find it difficult to connect with professors at your previous school, recommendations ideally should be from current and former employers who can describe your skills and achievements.

What is the median LSAT score and GPA for enrolled students?

For the entering fall 2016 class, the median LSAT score was 157 and the median GPA was 3.46. Please review the profile for entering class demographics.

Is there a conditional admission program?

UNH Law does not have a conditional admission program. We conduct a thorough review of all applications submitted and do not base our decision solely on LSAT and/or GPA scores.

I applied before and was wait-listed/denied. How do I reapply?

Regardless of previous applications, the application process is the same. You may want to consult with a member of the admissions team for advice on your application.

How do I apply for the Daniel Webster Scholar (DWS) Honors Program?

If you are interested in the DWS Honors Program, you can indicate that on your application for admission. Admitted students who noted an interest in the program will be contacted in February or March to complete an initial application for early admission to the DWS program.

A select group of those applying for early admission to DWS will be accepted into the program. However, if you are unsure at the time of application or are not selected for early admission to the program, you may apply in the second half of your first year through the regular first year (1L) DWS application process.  

When will I find out if I have been awarded a merit-based scholarship?

Merit scholarships are awarded at the time of admission. If you meet the award criteria, your scholarship award letter will arrive with your admission packet.

What are the conditions for renewing my scholarship?

These will be outlined in your scholarship letter, depending upon the type of scholarship.

Learn more about UNH Law scholarships here.

Does UNH Law offer a part-time or evening program?

UNH Law is a full-time day program, and does not offer part-time or evening study. However, the Flexible Track Patent Law Program is a flexible schedule option for patent bar eligible professionals. This innovative program allows patent bar eligible students to attend UNH Law’s J.D. program two days per week while continuing to work.

Does the law school offer any academic support programs?

At UNH Law, the academic success program (ASP) assists students in learning the skills necessary to excel in school, on the bar exam and in legal practice. ASP offers workshops, individualized tutoring with the program director, student mentors and skills coaches. 

How long are the academic terms?

UNH Law runs on a semester basis. The school year begins in late August and ends in mid-May, with a break from mid-December to mid-January. You may review our academic calendar.

How many credits are required to graduate with a J.D.?

85 credits. Students take 31 credits in the first year.

What clinical programs are offered by the law school?

You may apply your classroom knowledge to real cases in clinics like:

  • Consumer and Commercial Law
  • Criminal Practice
  • Immigration Law
  • Mediation
  • Intellectual Property and Transaction

You can find more about these opportunities on our clinics page.

What dual degrees are offered?

As part of the University of New Hampshire, UNH Law is able to offer three dual degree programs. If you are interested in earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), or Master in Public Policy (M.P.P.) along with your Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, you may by completing coursework at both UNH Law in Concord and the main UNH campus in Durham.

To be in the dual degree programs, you must apply for the J.D. degree through UNH Law as well as the MBA, M.S.W., or M.P.P. degree at UNH. Read more about our dual degrees options.

When should I apply for financial aid?

You may begin the financial aid application process after January 1 for the upcoming academic year. The priority deadline is March 1. Students admitted prior to January 1 are encouraged to submit the current year FAFSA for need-based scholarship consideration. 

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When will I receive my financial aid package?

If you are admitted and we have received the results of your FAFSA electronically, your financial aid award will be posted on our secure website (WebCat). For more information, please visit the cost and financing page.

I know UNH Law is known for intellectual property (IP) law. Is this the right school for me if I am not interested in a career in intellectual property law?

The UNH School of Law has a long-standing reputation as a leader in intellectual property law. In addition, to the IP curriculum tracks, we have several other focus areas.

  • Business Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Intellectual Property: Patent Law
  • IP: Trademarks, Copyrights, Sports and Entertainment Law
  • Litigation
  • Public Policy and Social Justice

Our various clinics and legal residencies offer real-world experience in many areas of law. We invite you to view our full course list.

How does UNH Law prepare students to get jobs?

You will work closely with our career services staff to prepare for life after law school. Career services is an invaluable resource offering individual counseling, programs and workshops. You will also find our clinics and legal residency program allow you to learn in real-life situations from experienced legal professionals and practicing lawyers.

Are there student groups and activities for me to join?

We have a vibrant, active community at UNH Law! You will find there’s something for everyone among our student groups. For a full list of student organizations, please visit the activities and organizations page.

What types of events are typical at UNH Law?

You will discover a variety of events both on and off campus. The Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy host prominent leaders, panel discussions and inspiring lectures including:

  • A lunchtime discussion with Ari Shapiro, White House correspondent for NPR;
  • A town hall discussion on O’Bannon vs. NCAA featuring various distinguished experts in both the IP and sports world;
  • A presentation on the threat of cyberattacks on national security by Stewart Baker, former general counsel for the National Security Agency and first assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush.

Is the law school accessible to students with disabilities?

UNH Law is an intimate learning environment, making it easily accessible. All classes are in our main building, which includes several elevators.

Is on-campus housing available?

Many students live within walking distance in a variety of off-campus housing. There is no on-campus housing.

Since Concord is a small community almost all students have shorter than a 10- to 15-minute commute.  

How can I find an apartment off-campus?

We have a housing coordinator who will assist you in finding off-campus housing and who oversees the housing marketplace.

You also may consult our housing guide for helpful rental guidelines.