95% employment rate and 93.3% bar passage rate in 2017

Our students continue to succeed at remarkable rates where it matters most - passing the bar and getting jobs. We were:

#1 among the 14 New England law schools for employment on the open market (excluding law-school-funded jobs)
#2 in New England in graduates employed in bar passage required jobs 
#5 in the US in overall jobs among top 100 schools
Top 20% of law schools nationally in “gold standard” placements in long-term, full-time, bar-required employment.

"We are extremely proud of our 2017 graduates and the dedicated faculty, adjuncts, and staff who worked closely with them to deliver these impressive results,” UNH Law Dean Megan Carpenter said. “Additionally, we are grateful to the many alumni and practitioners across the country who have mentored and hired our graduates."

Career Services Contact Information:

Eleanor MacLellan
Assistant Dean of Career Services
Phone: (603) 513-5108
Email: eleanor.maclellan@law.unh.edu

Paula Harris
Assistant Director of Career Services
Phone: (603) 513-5160
Email: paula.harris@law.unh.edu

Mary Anne Aspell
Career Services & Externship Program Administrative Assistant
Phone: (603) 513-5182
Email: maryanne.aspell@law.unh.edu

Why Hire a UNH Law Grad?

The University of New Hampshire School of Law ranked No. 1 among the 14 law schools in New England for employment on the open market (excluding law-school-funded jobs)—and No. 5 in the entire United States—with 95 percent of the 2017 JD class employed within 10 months of graduation, the ABA’s deadline for reporting.  

UNH Law was also No. 2 in New England in graduates employed in bar-passage-required jobs at 85.2 percent, while 91.8 percent obtained jobs that required either bar passage or a law degree. None of UNH Law’s positions were funded by the law school.

UNH Law’s strong employment outcomes were bolstered by an impressive bar passage rate in 2017, as graduates achieved a first-time bar-passage rate of 93.3 percent. 

These results are a testament to the school’s long-standing commitment to practice-based legal education, which continues to earn recognition – preLaw Magazine recently ranked UNH Law No. 3 in the US for practical legal training. 
In the first semester of their first year, students begin learning about and using critical intangible skills such as good judgment, professionalism, networking and mentoring.  In their second and third years, many students participate in practice-based clinics, the Daniel Webster Scholars program, legal residencies, and certificate programs. Intellectual Property students benefit from an IP program that is ranked No. 6 in the country by US News & World Report, and has been in the Top 10 for 27 consecutive years. A broad range of alumni, practitioners, and employers throughout the US mentor the students.

Posting a Job on the UNH Law Internal Job Posting Website

You may post a post-graduate, summer, or part-time job on the law school’s internal website, a 12Twenty platform administered by the Career Services Office. Simply e-mail your posting to the Career Services Office. It should contain:

  • A brief description of the employer and practice area(s), the nature of the work, qualifications including appropriate class level (1L, 2L, 3L, post-grad, alum); requested application materials (cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, writing sample, references); deadline (usually 30 days); person to whom a cover letter should be addressed, including title; method of submission (e-mail, regular mail or batching through the 12Twenty platform); and contact person. 

Summer Intern (On-Campus Interview) Program

Law firms and businesses may participate in the Fall 2018 On-Campus Interview program for 2019 summer internships and entry-level positions. This program minimizes the organizational work for you and your staff. Simply complete and return a form specifying the position qualifications, application materials, deadline, and other key information. We post the position, students apply for the positions for which they qualify, and after your application deadline has passed, we send you the applications in one batch. When you select the students to be interviewed, we schedule the interviews as you direct at the law school or your office. Most employers request that students submit application materials around mid-August and conduct interviews in September, but if your hiring process occurs earlier or later, we are happy to work with your timeframe. If you have questions or wish to register, please contact Assistant Dean for Career Services Eleanor MacLellan, Esq. at 603-513-5108 or eleanor.maclellan@law.unh.edu.

Annual Public Interest Job Fair

Numerous State agencies, non-profits and public interest or social justice organizations participate in the Public Interest Job Fair each January. This is an efficient way for these employers to select volunteers to do legal work for them during the summer. In turn, first and second year students enjoy a wonderful opportunity to talk with practitioners and consider numerous career options. Employers meet with students in a job-fair format during which students drop off resumes with the organizations that interest them. Over the next couple of months, employers conduct interviews and select students to assist them during the summer.

To help defray student living expenses during their summer of volunteer work, the Rudman Center sponsors the Rudman Summer Fellowship program, which awards a limited number of $4,000 fellowships to students who participate in a competitive application process.

To learn more about participating in the job fair or sponsoring a Rudman Fellowship, please contact Paula Harris at Paula.Harris@law.unh.edu.

The Difference Between Internships and Residencies

Internships are generally summer positions for pay if the employer is a for-profit business, or for volunteer experience if the employer is a non-profit or state agency.  A residency is a work placement for academic credit. The law school operates a robust residency program in which an employer and the law school Director of the Legal Residency Program co- supervise a student for a semester during which the student gains practical experience while working for the employer for academic credit. A residency may be paid or un-paid. We offer residencies only during the fall and spring semesters. Because ABA rules govern residency programs at all accredited law schools, a student or employer may not arrange a residency independently. All residencies must be approved by Professor Courtney Brooks, Esq. the Director of the Residency Program. She may be reached at Courtney.Brooks@law.unh.edu  or 513-5233.

Additional Opportunities to Engage with Law Students

Participate on a panel for the1L Introduction to the Legal Profession class, Review draft resumes with students to improve content and apperance, volunteer for the Mock Interview Round Robin, help with a community service project, attend a networking event, or sponsor a gathering at your office. For information about any of these opportunities, contact Asst. Dean for Career Services Eleanor MacLellan, Esq. at Eleanor.MacLellan@law.unh.edu or 603-513-5108.

UNH School of Law Career Services Office Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

University of New Hampshire School of Law is committed to a policy of providing all students and graduates with equal opportunity to obtain employment and education without discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, color, religion, ethnicity, disability, marital status, national origin or sexual orientation.

By using the facilities of UNH Law Career Services Office, employers affirm their intent to comply with this policy.

Employers who wish to interview on-campus, who utilize the school’s Resume Collect assistance, or who post  positions on UNHLawJobs are required to sign and submit a statement affirming compliance.

Employers who discriminate are denied access to placement assistance.