Leah A. Plunkett

Associate Dean for Administration, Associate Professor of Legal Skills, Director of Academic Success
Educational Background
  • AB, summa cum laude, Harvard College
  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School
General Areas of Interest, Scholarship, Research, & Practice

Access to justice • Privacy law • Education law • Consumer law • Family law • Bar readiness


Leah A. Plunkett is the Director of Academic Success & Associate Professor of Legal Skills at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. The Academic Success Program engages students in “meta-learning”: learning about how they learn best so they can excel in law school, on the bar exam, and in law practice. 

She is also a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Ms. Plunkett has a longstanding commitment to education. In 2007, she founded the Youth Law Project at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, which handles school discipline, special education, and other matters on behalf of vulnerable children and teenagers. From 2011-2013, Ms. Plunkett was a Climenko Fellow & Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.

She has also been a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center and served as a law clerk for the Hon. Catherine C. Blake in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland for the 2006-2007 term.

Ms. Plunkett’s scholarship explores how laws affect core concerns of people’s daily lives: education, financial stability, and familial relationships. She focuses on access to justice dimensions to these areas, as well as on unpacking the role and impact of new digital technologies. 

Ms. Plunkett holds an A.B., summa cum laude, in American History and Literature from Harvard College, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she was training director for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Ms. Plunkett’s current board service commitments include the ACLU of New Hampshire. 

Representative Publications

“Contraceptive Sabotage,” 28 Columbia Journal of Gender & Law  97 (Fall 2014).
Huffington Post, Parents Are Watching: A Software Satire (Oct. 7, 2014).
Huffington Post, Pay Your Own Way Government Has a Body Count (June 16, 2014).
Framing the Law & Policy Picture—A Snapshot of K-12 Cloud-Based Ed Tech & Student Privacy in Early 2014 (June 2014), (with Urs Gasser & Alicia Solow-Niederman).

Additional Information

Ms. Plunkett is a Fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she works on the Student Privacy Initiative.

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