Students at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law are involved in an array of organizations that enhance the day-to-day life at the school.
Students expand their intellectual life beyond the classroom through involvement in academic and professional organizations like the Student Bar Association (SBA), Outdoors Club, and Women Law Students’ Association (WLSA). Moot Court teams compete against the top writers and orators from other law schools in the nation.
Each fall, the SBA sponsors the annual Student Activity Fair where new students have the chance to learn about all active student organizations or the process to start a new student organization.
The Student Bar Association (SBA) is a student-run association of the University of New Hampshire School of Law. The SBA works to support and encourage academic excellence and professional growth among students, to ensure the efficient and effective use of student money and resources, and to provide an organized forum for interaction and communication between students and the faculty, administration, alumni, and community.
The SBA cooperates with local, state, and national bar associations to further the interests of the legal profession and to advance the ideals and objectives of UNH Law students. All students enrolled by UNH Law as candidates for the Juris Doctor, Master’s, and other degree programs authorized by UNH Law, are members of SBA. The complete Student Bar Association Charter and the Governors’ Rules can be found on TWEN.
The blockchain club is designed to explore the intersection of law and technology, specifically cryptocurrency, decentralized systems and the legal implications surrounding it.
Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a nation-wide non-denominational Christian membership association whose members participate in the broad and rich variety of Christian congregational life and traditions. Our mission is to nurture and encourage Christian law students by providing mentors and resources aimed at fostering spiritual growth, compassionate outreach, and the integration of faith and practice and to establish and maintain vibrant witnessing and service to our community. The CLS chapter at UNH seeks to support students as they strive to develop and use their gifts for the good of their neighbors and the glory of God.
Learn more about the national organization at: https://www.christianlawstudents.org/
The purpose of Civic Engagement Society (CES) is to help people in the community better understand how they can interact with their government at the local, state, and federal levels. We also strive to develop and foster connections between the law school and the community. CES works closely with the Rudman Center to identify civic engagement needs within the community. While we sometimes have guest speakers and “lunch and learn” events, we endeavor to find opportunities for students to go off-campus, like with our educational programming with the District Court of NH. Because our club is volunteer-based, a member can commit to as many or as few events as he/she/they would like.
The purpose of the Diversity Coalition is to foster and promote an enriching and supportive environment in which students of all identities and backgrounds can thrive personally, professionally, and academically. The Diversity Coalition will achieve this mission by collaborating with campus groups, administration, and admissions to host social events and networking opportunities.
Advocating for domestic and sexual violence survivors through training, educating, and empowering students.
The goal of the Environmental Law Society is to promote environmental stewardship at the law school, the City of Concord, the State of New Hampshire, the United States, and worldwide. We offer an array of opportunities for both students and the community to become educated and active in advancing environmental welfare.
The Fashion & IP Club was founded to give students an opportunity to broaden their perspectives of intellectual property law. When one thinks IP, one generally jumps to patents and technology. Fashion & IP looks at the unique IP needs of the fashion industry, specifically copyrights, trademarks and design patents. The goal of Fashion & IP is to provide a platform for students to research new topics, see creative IP use and discuss this with other interested students. The club meets periodically throughout the school year and is intended to be a research-based organization.
The UNH School of Law Student Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is part of the national Federal Bar Association. The mission of the FBA is to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and the needs of law students, federal practitioners, both public and private, the federal judiciary and the public. The FBA represents the federal legal profession and includes more than 16,000 federal lawyers, law students, and 1,200 federal judges, working together to promote the sound administration of justice and integrity, quality and independence of the judiciary. The UNH School of Law Student Chapter provides students opportunities for leadership, networking, and learning more about federal practice.
The purpose of the Health Law & Policy Society (HeLPS) is to foster discussion, interest, and awareness of the intersection between law, policy, and healthcare. HeLPS complements the Health Law & Policy Certificate through health-related programming including guest speakers, career-planning seminars, networking events, and experiential learning opportunities. The Health Law & Policy Certificate is not required—HeLPS is open to all students with an interest in health law and a commitment to thinking creatively about the issues.
HLSA’s purpose is to address the needs and well-being of Hispanic students at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law by providing a welcoming environment in which students feel comfortable and can thrive. HLSA also seeks to promote understanding of Hispanic culture in legal issues affecting Hispanic populations in the United States. HLSA accomplishes its goals through programming geared toward student’s academic, social, and professional needs. HLSA is committed to serve the public interest: (i) by cultivating the art and science of jurisprudence, (ii) by advancing the standing of the legal profession, and (iii) by preserving high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy among Hispanic law students.
If/When/How-Lawyering for Reproductive Justice is a national non-profit network of law students, professors, and legal professionals committed to fostering the next wave of legal experts for the reproductive justice movement. Our chapter of If/When/How-Lawyering for Reproductive Justice seeks to educate, organize, and support law students and legal professionals to ensure that a new generation of advocates will be prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights.
Social Media: @ifwhenhow_unhlaw
Lambda represents LGBTQI+ peoples at UNH Law. Each semester we present programming, networking, and social events that represent and discuss gender and sexual diversity and the law. We are also an active member of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association (New England's largest LGBTQ law organization) which provides free networking and mentoring opportunities for students.
LES is an independent nation-wide association of professionals in the fields of law, business development, technology and intellectual property. For years, it has aided professionals in their career development through networking, education and the facilitation of global IP commerce and standards development. LES regularly holds panels on topics of contemporary interest, networking events, workshops, CLP certification courses and other educational events.
The UNH Law student chapter of LES is the only such student organization affiliated to LES. Our organization strives to ascertain the student body's interests on inter-disciplinary licensing topics (whether they are economic, social, political or purely academic) and to bring guest speakers and experts on these topics to campus. In addition to panel discussions, our club will host events of a networking and educational nature. We aim to include the entirety of the UNH Law community in our events, including L.L.M. and Hybrid J.D. students, as well as visiting scholars.
Our mission is to facilitate communication, increase awareness and reduce stigma related to students accessing mental health support and resources during law school. MHA hosts regular student run meetings called "exhale," where students provide and receive peer support regarding mental health challenges and stressors during law school. MHA also hosts events and trainings related to mental health, and serves as a resource and source of support for students struggling with mental health challenges during law school.
The mission of the UNH Law Outdoors Club is to provide a central platform that hosts organized group outings such as day hikes and ski trips. The roads beyond the city limits wind up towards the White Mountains to the north and the Green Mountains to the west, offering ample opportunities for outdoor excursions. We welcome all abilities and provide a safe and inclusive group to make the most of what this region has to offer.
The Patent Law Forum is a place for discussion about patent law between students, professors, and legal practitioners. This student-founded forum provides an outlet for the UNH Franklin Pierce community to indulge in its passion for patents. The forum aims to generate a lively, intellectual discussion regarding patent law news, and the tug-of-war between legal ethics and incentives to innovate. The forum hosts “lunch and learn” panels of attorneys and judges as well as networking events throughout the year. There is also an opportunity for any student to submit an IP related blog to be published on the PLF website.
Facebook: type “@patentlawforum” in Facebook search bar
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community. The Kenison Chapter of PAD hosts a variety of events each year, most notably, the opportunity to compete in a national Mock Trial competition in Washington DC each year. Go to www.PAD.org for more information.
The mission of the Public Interest Coalition (PIC) is to encourage and enable students at UNH Law to pursue summer internships and careers in public interest law. PIC aims to raise money to help provide fellowships to students who complete summer internships at public interest or governmental organizations and who would otherwise not receive financial support. PIC also aims to promote awareness of public interest opportunities at UNH Law. To make a donation towards Rudman Summer Fellowships at UNH Law (public interest summer jobs for students), please visit the UNH Give page.
The Secular Student Alliance (SSA) is the largest atheist, humanist, and non-theist student organization in the country. Our chapter’s primary mission is to create a safe and supportive community for secular students, but students holding any and all spiritual/religious beliefs are welcome to join. A cornerstone of SSA is the respectful exchange of ideas and exposure to different points of view. For more information please visit https://secularstudents.org/
The purpose of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society is to promote an understanding and appreciation of the legal structures and current issues in the sports and entertainment industries. SELS intends to familiarize law students with prominent current events in the sports and entertainment industries, and more specifically, the legal implications of these current events. These includes issues from First Amendment rights, to IP, to employment and many more. SELS hopes to accomplish these goals by sponsoring extracurricular programs such as panels and guest lectures from experts in the sports and entertainment law industries, career planning seminars to aid students entering this field, and forums for networking between current students, faculty, alumni, and industry leaders.
The Sports Club organizes, among other activities, weekly flag football and basketball games, both indoors and out. The club runs the “Buck Bowl” – a flag football tournament held every fall to determine the alpha class. The club sponsors a spring basketball tournament held annually between the region's law school basketball teams.
Teen Court is a voluntary alternative to the criminal justice system for first-time offenders between ages 13 – 18 who have committed a crime. Teens who are offered this alternative are sentenced by a jury of their peers instead of a juvenile court. Teen Court is held at UNH School of Law, where law students are mentors for teen volunteers who take on the various roles in the courtroom, including the prosecution and defense attorneys. Teen court is an almost completely peer-run courtroom with a presiding judge from the community who oversees the sentencing hearing. The mission of Teen Court and its jury is to deliver a constructive sentence to the offender, based on his or her offense, and repair any harm done to others in the community.
Facebook: Merrimack County Juvenile Services Teen Court Program
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies fosters critical thought and debate about the application of conservative principles to the law. The Society embraces the principle that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to the integrity of the Constitution of the United States of America, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is—not what it should be. The society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
UNH Law Democrats advocate for Democrats' causes and candidates. They provide testimony at New Hampshire legislative sessions, assist Democratic candidates for all levels of government, and discuss the legal aspects of legislation and campaigns. The group also holds social events throughout the semester. UNH Law Democrats are a chapter of New Hampshire Young Democrats.
The UNH Law Pond Hockey Team represents UNH Law in the annual Black Ice Pond Hockey tournament. The team consists of current law students that have played at the collegiate club level, collegiate division 1 level, and professionally. Together the team competes in the Black Ice Pond Hockey tournament, which takes place right across the street at White Park. The tournament attracts players and fans from across New England.
The Women's Law Student Association (WLSA) promotes the advancement of women in the legal profession. WLSA provides networking, mentoring, and other resources for its members and law school community. We have yearly events that focus on an array of issues that women face in and outside of the legal profession. We strive to create a community that will focus on and empower women in the legal field.