UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law Takes the #4 Spot for Intellectual Property Law Programs in US News and World Report Rankings


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property

The law school has ranked in the top 10 for the last 30 years.

Concord, NH (March 30, 2021) – The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law excels in the 2022US News & World Report rankings, taking the 4th spot for best intellectual property programs nationwide.  This is the highest IP ranking the school has earned in over a decade.  The school also remains in the top 100 law schools, ranking 88th overall.

“We had an incredibly successful year at the law school, despite the challenges we all faced,” says Dean Megan Carpenter. “In addition to enrolling our largest class in the history of the school, we entered our second year offering our first-of-its-kind Hybrid Juris Doctor program in Intellectual Property, Information, and Technology Law, which allows students to keep their jobs while pursuing their dream of becoming a lawyer. The hybrid program brings our top-flight IP legal education to students in 35 states across the nation. This ranking is another testament to our continuing commitment to and vision for providing the highest-level education to law students. I am so proud of our IP focus at the law school.”

UNH Franklin Pierce has ranked in the top 10 for intellectual property since the US News & World Report specialty rankings began 30 years ago.  The school has some of the most robust resources in intellectual property.  Over half the faculty have expertise in the area, and the school boasts the only academic IP library in the Western Hemisphere.  Graduates of the program go on to lead policy and practice at Fortune 500 companies, global law firms, and governments including Bayer, Disney, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, PepsiCo., Samsung, the US Patent and Trademark Office, WeWork, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Fall at UNH Franklin Pierce

The law school practices excellence in all areas of law, including social justice.  The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Service serves as a hub for public discourse on the policies and current events that shape our society.  The Center provides scholarships to students who have an interest in public service law and awards stipends for students working in government agencies and public service organizations.

In addition, the law school offers the country’s first bar-alternative program.  The Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program allows highly qualified students to start practicing law as licensed attorneys the day after graduation, without having to take the traditional bar exam.

The law school is currently accepting applications for its JD, Hybrid JD, LLM, master’s, and certificate programs.  For more details on the degrees offered and how to apply, please visit our website

About University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
Accredited by the American Bar Association, UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law is located in Concord, New Hampshire, and is ranked as one of the nation’s top 100 law schools and, for the 30th year in a row, a top-10 school for the study of intellectual property law.