Leah A W Plunkett

Associate Dean for Administration
Associate Professor of Legal Skills
Director of Academic Success
Phone: (603) 513-5177
Office: UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH 03301
Leah Plunkett

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.


  • J.D., Harvard University
  • A.B., Harvard University
  • B.A., American History/Econ, Harvard University

Courses Taught

  • LGP 902: Access to Justice
  • LGP 970: Preliminary Bar Exam

Selected Publications

Plunkett, L. A., & Sussman, E. A. (2012). Consumer Rights Screening Tool for Domestic Violence Advocates and Lawyers. Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, 45, 488-499. Retrieved from http://scholars.unh.edu/law_facpub/88