Beyond the Classroom
Test your skills in a real-world environment before you graduate with our extensive clinic and externship offerings that take you outside the classroom.
More than 80 percent of our students opt to develop their skills alongside experts in the field through a rich array of legal residences (externships), clinics, independent studies, and research.
- Apply your knowledge to real cases in UNH Law’s clinics.
- Supplement your work in the classroom with experiential learning – much of it in actual courtrooms – all supervised by our experienced and practice-polished faculty.
- Acquire a solid background in legal research and analysis, legal reasoning, litigation, and counseling.
- Receive training in specialized areas like trial advocacy, dispute resolution, and evidence presentation in today’s high-tech courtrooms.
Second- or third-year student have the opportunity to represent clients in actual cases in district, superior, federal and bankruptcy courts. Each clinic features a basic clinic and an advanced clinic.
Consumer and Commercial Law Clinic
Students will prosecute and defend cases involving identity theft, unfair trade practices, small business disputes, predatory lending, auto fraud, bankruptcy, unfair sales practices, debt collection defense, and commercial issues.
Students are required to interview clients and witnesses, investigate facts, research applicable state and federal law, write pleadings and briefs, and conduct court proceedings from motion hearings to trials. They may represent their clients in district, superior, federal and bankruptcy courts.
The clinic is operated as a small law firm to familiarize students with many of the practice management systems used by firms throughout the country, including scheduling, conflicts checking, time and billing, case management, and specialized practice software.
Criminal Practice Clinic
The Criminal Practice Clinic and the Advanced Criminal Practice Clinic allow students to represent clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies in circuit and superior court. Students are responsible for interviewing their client, conducting an investigation, filing motions, negotiating with the prosecutor, and trying the case before a judge or jury. The Advanced Criminal Practice Clinic also offers students the opportunity to work on federal criminal cases at the trial and appellate court levels.
Students work under the direct supervision of a clinical professor, an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Students are certified to practice by the New Hampshire Supreme Court under Rule 36. They appear in a variety of courts for bail hearings, pretrial motion hearings, bench trials, jury trials, sentencing hearings, and post-conviction proceedings.
Clinic cases include sale and possession of drugs, theft and burglary offenses, assaults, and driving offenses. Students also complete an intensive, practice-based class that includes active hearing and trial simulations.
Intellectual Property and Transaction Clinic
In this live-client clinic, students conduct interviews, research and draft documents, and advise clients in a variety of intellectual property and transactional matters.
This clinic regularly accepts referrals from the New Hampshire Chapter of Lawyers for the Arts. Clinic clients include authors, artists, musicians, publishers, and individuals operating small businesses; or nonprofit organizations with issues pertaining to copyright and trademark registration and protection, licensing, small business transactions, as well as assistance forming and managing nonprofit corporations. This clinic assists clients with both adversarial and non-adversarial matters.
Immigration Law Clinic
UNH Law's Immigration Law Clinic, established in conjunction with New Hampshire Catholic Charities’Immigration and Refugee Services division, offers two students each semester the opportunity to learn immigration law and procedures in a classroom setting, then apply that knowledge to real-life cases under the supervision of Catholic Charities attorneys.
The Immigration Law Clinic gives students practical experience in interviewing clients, preparing complicated legal cases and appearing before judges. They are likely to work on asylum, family reunification, naturalization and unwarranted removal cases. Additional work may include representing immigrants who are afraid to leave violent domestic relationships for fear of being sent back to their birth country.