Employers

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."

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 time frame. 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 unpaid. 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 appearance, 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.

Contact Us

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

On-Campus Interviews

We encourage you to come on campus anytime to interview our students. We do not have a bidding process; employers select whom they want to interview.

The process is as follows:

  • Employers contact us and request an interview date.
  • We collect the required application materials from students and send them to the employer 7-10 days before the interview date.
  • The employer selects the students they wish to interview and notifies us of their choices.
  • A final interview schedule is emailed to the employer prior to the interview date.

Resume Collection

  • We list the employers' job requirements and ask students to submit their application materials to Career Services by a certain date.
  • After the deadline, the applications are emailed in one group to the employer.

Resume Direct

We list the employers' job requirements and ask students to submit their application materials to the employer by a certain date.

You can post notices for permanent, part-time, and summer positions at anytime. Job postings stay in our job database for one month; extensions may be made if the job is not filled within that time.

Students can contact you directly, or we can collect the requested application materials electronically and email them to you in one batch.

Jobs may be posted through our database by emailing maryanne.aspell@law.unh.edu or by calling Mary Anne at (603) 513-5182.

Please include:

  • A brief job description
  • Qualifications that you seek (e.g. 1L, 2L, 3L, class rank, etc)
  • Application materials (writing sample, transcript)
  • How students/graduates should contact you

For Employers – Grading & Class Rank

Mean Grade of B

In all UNH School of Law classes with more than 15 students, the mean grade in the class will be no higher than a B. For a particular class, a faculty member may request a waiver from this policy from the Teaching Effectiveness Committee.

In order to receive a waiver, the instructor must show a compelling reason, such that the class is a "mastery" class, involving extensive student discussion and oral and written presentations, which would lead to a majority of the class demonstrating mastery of the subject.

The policy does not apply to classes with less than 15 students. For classes between 15 and 25 students, the waiver provision will be liberally applied. For classes with more than 25 students, there are expected to be few waivers. (In classes with fewer than 15 students or where waivers have been granted, there will be no mandatory mean for the class.)

Class Rank Policy

It is the policy of UNH School of Law to calculate the percentage class ranking of a student or graduate who requests it. Percentage class rankings are calculated at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters and are given only to the student or graduate; they are not published.

Numerical Equivalents, Credit Unit/Grade Equivalents

One credit is equal to one hour (60 minutes) per week of class meeting time or 14 hours per semester.

Fall 1981-present
A+ = 4.33
A = 4.00
A– = 3.67 B+ = 3.33
B = 3.00
B– = 2.67 C+ = 2.33
C = 2.00
C– = 1.67 D+ = 1.33
D = 1.00
D– = 0.67 F or U = 0

S/U/O:
S = grade of C- or higher
U = grade of less than C-
O = outstanding performance by student in a class that is graded solely on a S/U/O basis or in an Independent Study

E = Transfer credits and grades
AW = Administrative Withdrawal
R = Retake of course
AU = Audit
T = Transfer credit only

Looking for a part-time volunteer intern for the school year or a full-time volunteer intern for the summer? Internships are a great opportunity for employers and for students. Employers can benefit from the immediate assistance of a law student at no cost. Students can learn about a particular practice area and gain practical legal experience. The Career Services Office would be happy to post an internship opportunity for you.

Please note that not every position qualifies as an internship. The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division has established six criteria to be applied when determining whether an intern in the “for profit” private sector must be paid minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Act.

Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act.

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.