Office of the Dean

Dean Megan Carpenter

Megan M. Carpenter is dean of the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law. Dean Carpenter is an internationally known expert in intellectual property, with particular interests in entrepreneurship, branding, and the arts.

Prior to joining Franklin Pierce, Dean Carpenter was founder and co-director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law, where she also served as Professor of Law and Faculty Director of three intellectual property and entrepreneurship-related clinical programs.

Dean Carpenter has extensive experience in institution-building; her talent for driving initiatives from concept to execution has helped to establish successful programs both within law schools and universities generally. She has spearheaded the creation of innovative academic programs, including experiential learning initiatives, joint degree programs, study abroad, regular conferences and symposia, certificate programs, and interdisciplinary programs with various colleges across university campuses. A hallmark of her leadership is a collaborative and student-centered approach.

She writes and publishes in the area of intellectual property and innovation, including the book, Evolving Economies: The Role of Law in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She has written multiple book chapters and published works in the Hastings Law Journal, Fordham Law Review, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, and the Yale Journal of Human Rights and Development.

Dean Carpenter believes that learning best takes place at the intersection of theory, policy, and practice. She has received multiple awards for her dedication to students, her skills in program development, and her service to the university and the community, including the Texas A&M University System Distinguished Faculty Award, the President’s Grand Challenge Award, the Judith Kuhn & Stephen R. Alton Service Award, and the United States Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Best Workshop Award. Throughout her career, Dean Carpenter has engaged intellectual property law with underserved communities such as early-stage entrepreneurs, musicians, and grassroots arts organizations.

Dean Carpenter practiced law at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart (now K&L Gates), where she represented clients on a variety of intellectual property and technology-related issues.

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Front lawn in Spring 2021 with welcome banner

COVID Comms and Updates - Returning to Campus

Thursday, August 12, 2021
The halls of our law school are a flurry of excitement as faculty and staff prepare to greet new and returning students next week for our upcoming orientation, immersion program, and beginning of classes for the fall semester.  I am eager to welcome everyone back to our beautiful campus in Concord. We have missed you! Read More
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2021 State of the Law School Address

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Learn about the successes of the law school and how we have flourished through the COVID19 pandemic from Dean Megan Carpenter. Read More
Dean Megan Carpenter

Profiles: Dean Megan Carpenter

Thursday, January 14, 2021
A leader in intellectual property and legal education, Dean Megan Carpenter’s path shows the importance of taking risks and always looking forward to the next challenge. Learn her educational journey as a student and teacher, her experience as an IP attorney, and what she views as the future of UNH Franklin Pierce’s legal programs. Read More
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Dean Carpenter offers support to international students

Friday, July 10, 2020
Letter from Dean Megan Carpenter supporting international students Read More
2020 State of the Law School

State of the Law School

Monday, February 17, 2020
On Monday, February 17, 2020, Dean Megan Carpenter gave her first State of the Law School address.  She highlighted the many accomplishments of the law school and gave insight into the future of legal education.  With ground breaking programs like the Hybrid JD in Intellectual Property, Technology, and Information Law and certificate programs in Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Law as well as Sports Wagering and Integrity, the dean made it clear: the future is ours.  Watch her live presentation to the community. Read More