Day in the Life

Students in class

What does a typical day look like in the life of a law student at UNH Franklin Pierce?

It’s not just studying—our students are participating in one of our many on-campus clubs, networking with professors and law practitioners, interviewing for jobs, and, of course, making a lot of lifetime friends along the way. Check out our “Day in the Life” series below to learn more.

Victoria Poland

Hometown: Newport, Rhode Island
Undergraduate: Adrian College, Michigan, BA in Criminal Justice, BA in Philosophy
Areas of Interest: Copyrights and Trademarks
Activities: Women’s Law Student Association, and Student Intellectual Property Association, student employee for the Dean and the library.

Monday

  • 5:00 am - 5:30 am: Wake up, eat breakfast
  • 5:30 am - 9:00 am: Study
  • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm: Work study job
  • 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm: Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
  • 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm: Legal Writing 2
  • 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm: Legal Writing 2 Teacher Assistant Session
  • 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm: Eat dinner
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Women’s Law Student Association Movie Night
    • This event is welcome to all students and gives us the opportunity to view movies that empower women in the legal field.
  • 9:00pm - 10:00 pm – Relax and watch TV

Tuesday

  • 5:00 am - 5:30 am: Wake up, eat breakfast
  • 5:30 am - 9:00am: Study
  • 9:30 am - 11:30 am: Constitutional Law
  • 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm: Work study job
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Property Law
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Women’s Law Student Association Board Meeting
    • This is a meeting where the Board Members of the Women’s Law Student Association meet up and think of new ideas to empower female law students to get involved and learn about what it is like to be a female lawyer.
  • 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm: Work out
  • 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm: Constitutional Law Teachers Assistant Session
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Eat dinner, relax, and watch TV

Wednesday

  • 5:00 am - 5:30am: Wake up, eat breakfast
  • 5:30 am - 9:00 am: Study
  • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm: Work study job
  • 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm: Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
  • 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm: Legal Writing 2
  • 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm: Property Law Teacher Assistant Session
  • 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm: Eat dinner
  • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Work study job

Thursday

  • 5:00 am - 5:30 am: Wake up, eat breakfast
  • 5:30 am - 9:00 am: Study
  • 9:30 am - 11:30 am: Constitutional Law
  • 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Property Law
  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Work out
  • 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm: Eat dinner and relax
  • 6:15 pm - 10:00 pm: Work study job

Friday

  • 5:00 am - 5:30 am: Wake up and eat breakfast
  • 5:30 am - 12:00 pm: Study
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Work out
  • 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Local activity, there is lots to do in the Concord area. Sometimes I go to the movies with some friends, go out to one of the many restaurants here, or go sledding.
Emily Bensadoun

Hometown: Panama City Beach, Florida
Undergraduate: Florida State University, Florida, B.S. with a concentration in Hospitality
Area of Interest: The sports industry, copyrights, and technology.
Activities: Student Intellectual Property Association, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and Admissions Ambassador

Sunday

  • 7:00 am - 10:00 am:  Meal Prep
  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Study and eat
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Laundry
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Relax

Monday/Wednesday

  • 5:30 am - 8:00 am: Work out and eat breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 10:15 am: Legal Writing 2
  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am: Entertainment Law Society meeting
    • Entertainment Law Society meets to discuss future events the organization can hold. We think of innovative ways we can put a law degree to use within the sports and entertainment industry.
  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm: Study and eat
  • 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm: Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Relax
  • 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Study and eat

Tuesday/Thrusday

  • 5:30 am - 8:00 am: Work out and eat breakfast
  • 9:30 am - 11:30 am: Constitutional Law
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Student work job
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Property Law
  • 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Study and eat
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Constitutional Law teacher’s assistant session
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Relax
  • 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm: Study and eat

Friday

  •  7:00 am - 4:00 pm: Skiing
    • Concord is the perfect location for skiing in New Hampshire. Here, you are minutes away from some of the best ski mountains in the country
  • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Painting
    • This is time I use to catch up on my hobby. Painting brings me peace of mind and allows me to stay focused on my schoolwork.
Katarina Overberg

Hometown: Westminister, Colorado
Undergraduate: Major in Physics (Minors in History and Business)
Area of Interest: Intellectual Property, specifically patents
Activities: DWS Scholar, notes editor for IDEA, mentor for 1Ls, Lexis Nexis student rep. I also try to stay active by going skiing, hiking, and canoeing on the Merrimack, some of these activities are hosted through the Outdoors Club on campus. Working part time for the firm I will join after graduation

Monday

  • 6:30 am - 7:30 am: Work out
  • 8:30 am - 9:45 am: Wills, Trusts, and Estates
    • Wills goes over the nuts and bolts of what goes into drafting a will as well as what is required for the will to be a recognized legal document.
  • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm: Work for firm

Tuesday-Wednesday

  • 7:00 am - 9:30 am: Study
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am: Securities and Regulations
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Lunch
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Study
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Criminal Procedures 1
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Study
  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Mergers and Acquisitions

Friday

  • 7:00 am - 9:30 am: Study
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: DWS Capstone
    • This is a very interesting and interactive course. The goal of the course is to practice our intake skills for initial client interviews.  Each class we get bare information of what a potential client is coming in for and must ask questions to learn all the relevant information.
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch and study
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Criminal Procedures 1

Saturday/Sunday

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Study
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Work out
Nicole Demas

Hometown: Sacramento, California
Undergraduate: BA English, BS Animation & Game Design
Area of Interest: Intellectual Property
Activities: IDEA Law Review, Lambda, Mental Health Alliance

Monday/Wednesday

  • 6:00 am - 7:00 am: Work out
  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am: Shower and eat breakfast
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Study
  • 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm: Student work as a teacher’s assistant for a 1L torts class
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Personal Income Tax
  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Wills, Trusts, and Estates
  • 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Study
  • 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Dinner and relax

Tuesday

  • 6:00 am - 7:00 am: Shower and eat breakfast
  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am: Pretrial Advocacy
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 am: Evidence
  • 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Study
  • 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Eat dinner and relax

Thursday

  • 6:00 am - 7:00 am: Work out
  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am: Shower and eat breakfast
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm: Study
  • 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Pretrial
  • 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Eat dinner and relax

Nick Bello

Hometown: Glen Cove, New York
Undergraduate: BA Biology Boston University, Doctor of Dental Medicine Tufts University, MS Dental Research Tufts University, MBA Brandeis University
Area of Interest: Anti-trust, IP, and Policy
Activities: I’m a dentist, a realtor, and a hybrid 1L JD student.  I’m also a dad of three.  We recently bought a house from the late 1800s that we’re restoring in Glen Cove, NY.  I also enjoy furniture making, old home restoration, and canoeing.

Sunday

  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am: Wake up and eat breakfast with family
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Complete various household chores
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Work on law school homework for Legal Writing II, Civil Procedure, and Trademarks
  • 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Dinner
  • 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Movie night
  • 10:00 pm: Bed

Monday

  • 6:00 am - 7:00 am: Wake up and eat breakfast with family
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Commute to work
  • 8:30 am - 2:00 pm: See patients
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Send e-mails and work on real estate job
  • 3:00 pm - 8:30 pm: See patients
  • 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm: Commute home
  • 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm: Eat dinner and watch TV with my wife
  • 10:30 pm - 11:00 pm: Work on law school homework
  • 11:00 pm: Bed

Tuesday

  • 6:00 am  - 7:00 am: Wake up and eat breakfast with family
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Commute to work
  • 8:30 am - 2:00 pm: See patients
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Send e-mails and work on real estate job
  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: See patients
  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Commute home
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Eat dinner and prepare for law school class
  • 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Legal Writing II Zoom class
  • 10:00 pm: Bed

Wednesday

  • 6:00 am - 7:00 am: Wake up and eat breakfast with family
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Commute to work
  • 8:30 am - 2:00 pm: See patients
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Send e-mails and work on real estate job
  • 3:00 pm - 8:30 pm: See patients
  • 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm: Commute home
  • 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm: Eat dinner and watch TV with my wife
  • 10:30 pm - 1:00 am: Work on law school homework
  • 1:00 am: Bed

Thursday

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Wake up and eat breakfast
  • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Work on my real estate job
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Eat lunch with my family
  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Enjoy time with kids
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Eat dinner with kids
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Get my kids to bed
  • 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Enjoy a movie night with my wife
  • 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm: Work on law school homework

Lloyd Banks

Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia, stationed with the Coast Guard in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Undergraduate/graduate Degrees: Associate's Degree in Nursing, and Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Norfolk State University
Areas of Interest in the legal field: Maritime Law/ JAG for the military
Activities on and off campus: Hybrid student so all my activities on campus are virtual, off-campus activities I enjoy include hiking, triathlons, Crossfit, and playing chess.

Monday

  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am: Wake up and drink coffee
  • 8:00 am - 11:00 am: Work at the Coast Guard Office
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Work out
  • 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm: Shower
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Work at the Coast Guard Office
  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Prepare meals and eat
  • 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Study and class period
  • 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm: Outline and review

Tuesday

  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am: Wake up and drink coffee
  • 8:00 am - 11:00 am: Work at the Coast Guard Office
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Work out
  • 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm: Shower
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Work at the Coast Guard Office
  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Eat
  • 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Study period
  • 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm: Dinner and relax

Wednesday

  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am: Wake up and drink coffee
  • 8:00 am - 11:00 am: Work at the Coast Guard Office
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Work out
  • 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm: Shower
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Work at the Coast Guard Office
  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Eat
  • 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Study period
  • 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm: Outline and review