Congratulations on your admission to UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law!
The Admissions Team is here to guide you through the next critical steps in becoming a member of the UNH 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. Please review the checklist below for your upcoming events, deadlines, and requirements.
Admitted Students Days will be held in person* on Saturday, March April 11 and Saturday, April 15.
The agenda is being finalized and the majority of the day will be geared towards our Residential J.D. program, but Hybrid admitted students are welcome to attend.
You may register for either event here:
An Admitted Student Day focused exclusively for hybrid program students will be hosted online on April 1, 2023.
Student Payment Options
In order to secure your seat in the 2023 entering class, you are required to submit two nonrefundable tuition deposits. Your tuition deposits are due as follows: $500 on or before April 15; $250 on or before June 1 (unless otherwise noted on your acceptance letter).
To pay your deposit:
- Pay online
- 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
Please contact the UNH Franklin Pierce Admissions Office by phone at (603) 513-5300.
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 In addition, your option of paying by personal check in the future may be withdrawn.
You will be notified via email when your eligibility for financial aid has been determined. You'll be able to view the details of the award by logging into Webcat. Awards typically include federal unsubsidized loans and an estimated Graduate PLUS loan along with any merit scholarship you may have been offered at the time of admission.
How to access your award information by logging into the WebCat:
- Select Financial Aid
- Select Award
- Award By Aid Year drop down
- Select Award Year from the drop-down menu
- Click on the Award Overview tab to review your financial aid package
If you have questions on your financial aid package, please contact the financial aid team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 603-513-5105.
Your tuition bill will be posted to your WebCat account. Payment is accepted online by electronic check, wire transfer, and credit card.
You will be notified through your UNH-assigned email accounts (email@example.com) when new bills are posted. You may allow account access to parents or others by setting up Parent Portal accounts. Parent Portal account holders also receive email notifications.
How to View Your Bill
After logging in to WebCat:
- Select Billing
- Select View your account/Pay Bill for a real time view of your account
- To view your most recent bill, select Bill Statement at the upper right
Through the UNH online billing and payment system students will be able to:
- View monthly billing statements
- Make payments to accounts
- View billing and payment history
- Authorize others to make payments on their behalf
Monthly Payment Option
An optional 5-month payment plan for fall and spring semesters is offered through Nelnet Campus Commerce. Payments will be due the first of each month from July - November (fall) and December - April (spring). Link to the payment plan will appear on the Billing/Account View page in Webcat or Parent Portal.
ALL RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS ARE AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED IN THE UNH HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN. YOU MUST WAIVE COVERAGE IF YOU ALREADY HAVE INSURANCE OR YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE PLAN. PROOF OF COVERAGE WILL BE REQUIRED IF WAIVING. HYBRID STUDENTS ARE EXEMPT FROM HEALTH INSURANCE REQUIREMENT.
If you have questions about any of this information, please contact the Business Services Office at (603) 862-2230 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Letter of Admission
- Passport (valid for six months or more beyond degree program start date)
- Funds to meet the estimated cost of attendance for your degree program
- Bank Certification Letter (recently dated)
- Loan Certification Letter
- Scholarship Award Letter (if applicable)
- Affidavit of Support (for students funded by a sponsor, i.e., parent, aunt, uncle, employer)
- 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 2022:
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. The total I-20 estimated cost for LLM and Master’s programs at UNH Franklin Pierce is $61,887.00.
Estimated tuition and fees = $41,000.00
Estimated living expenses = $11,000.00
Estimated Miscellaneous Expenses & Health Insurance = $9,877.00
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.
Processing for Fall 2022 will begin on 02/22/2022, students are encouraged to submit I-20 applications as soon as possible.
I-20’s are usually issued within 10 business days (excluding applications received before 02/22/2022).
Business days are Monday - Friday excluding University Holidays.
Requests received after 12pm EST are considered the next business day.
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.
The 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. Check them out when you have a chance and email UNH Franklin Pierce Law OISS with any immigration questions that may come up!
The American Bar Association requires verification of completion of your Bachelor’s degree.
If you did not submit a final transcript through LSAC, you are required to submit a copy of your official transcript by July 15 from your degree-granting institution. Upon release of final grades, please have it sent directly from your undergraduate school to LSAC.
Residential Student Orientation will be held on Monday, August 15 and Tuesday, August 16.
In mid-July, you will receive access to an orientation Canvas page. Please review it often for helpful orientation information.
- Please wear professional attire for the first day of orientation. You will be taking your professional picture which will be used for your ID card and any news release we may send out about you during your tenure at UNH Law. Please wear business professional attire for the second day of orientation when you will take an oath of professionalism administered by a NH Supreme Court Justice.
- If you have a documented disability and would like to request accommodations, please email Assistant Dean of Students Lauren Berger at email@example.com You can find the form for requesting accommodations here and information about accommodations in the UNH Law Student Handbook.
RESIDENTIAL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Residential International Student Orientation will take place on Wednesday, August 10 through Friday, August 12. This is required for graduate students and strongly recommended for JD students. Information will be shared through email with students that should attend.
The Admissions Office will consider a JD student's request to defer admission after the $750 nonrefundable seat deposit 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. JD students may defer to the following fall 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. Students will be asked to confirm their intent to matriculate by submitting 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.
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 percent of our students type their exams, so having a laptop is nearly a must. Please review the computer requirements.
All incoming first-year JD students will be automatically registered for the following courses for the fall:
- Civil Procedure
- Legal Analysis, Writing and Research
- Legal Profession
- Fundamentals of IP
- Legal Writing, Analysis and Research
Once you are registered, you can view your class schedule by logging into MyUNH
- Click on the “WebCat” icon listed under “Important”
- Click on “Registration”
Click on “Student Detail Schedule” and select the term you wish to view
Hybrid JD Immersion will be held Wednesday, August 16 to Sunday, August 20. Immersion dates, also posted on the academic calendar, for the remainder of the first year are:
- October 13-16, 2023
- March 14-18, 2024
- June 7-10, 2024
Orientation will begin at 8:30 AM on August 16 and will finish the Immersion by 5:00 PM EST on August 20. The safest days to travel to ensure you do not miss any class time are the day before and the day after immersion.
- Hybrid JD students are required to attend all immersion periods in person. The American Bar Association accredits law schools and law degrees. As part of our program, the ABA requires students to participate in four in-person periods of instruction each year, for 4-5 days at a time. To ensure attendance for the full immersion, students are encouraged to plan travel for the day before immersion begins and the day after immersion ends. Students who wish to request that they be excused from attending an immersion in-person must have that accommodation or alternative attendance approved a minimum of 10 days prior to the immersion. Exceptions to in-person attendance are made for limited reasons including: 1) Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Accommodations; 2) Emergency accommodations for a medical emergency prior to the start of Immersion that does not rise to an ADA accommodation; and 3) Alternative Attendance arrangements are rare and will only be granted for actively deployed military personnel with letters describing deployment or other military obligations. Alternative Attendance Arrangements for non-ADA Accommodations will not be granted for weddings, family vacations, work obligations, or similar events.
- Those depending on air travel to and from NH should look to Manchester Regional Airport (MHT) or Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) for flights. The Concord Coach Lines connects Boston’s Logan Airport to Concord
The following hotels offer discounts to UNH Law students: