Student Organizations

Students at UNH 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 American Constitution Society, the Federalist Society, and the Student Intellectual Property Law Association. Moot Court teams compete against the top writers and orators from other law schools in the nation.

The Student Bar Association (SBA) promotes academic excellence, professional growth, and goodwill among students. The SBA ensures efficient and effective use of student money and resources by sponsoring various  extracurricular programs and activities for the student body.

The SBA Student Wellness Initiative  offers the UNH Law community a broad range of opportunities to support  physical and mental health. Presenters are local wellness professionals. Many of the workshops focus on stress management.

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The Student Bar Association (SBA) is a student run association of University of New Hampshire School of Law. The purposes of the Association are to support and encourage academic excellence and professional growth among students, to secure and preserve the rights of individual students to acquire a quality legal education in a just and reasonable manner, to ensure 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 the 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 degrees of Juris doctor, Masters of Law in Intellectual Property and any other degree programs authorized by UNH Law, are members of the Association. The complete Student Bar Association Charter and the Governors' Rules may be found on TWEN.

Student Bar Association leadership

The SBA Board is responsible for governing the SBA and formulating all SBA policies and procedures. They also appropriate all SBA funds and supervise all SBA activities.

SBA leadership positions

President
The President is responsible for presiding, managing and directing the Board. Specifically, the President presides over meetings, manages the agenda for the meetings, executes and enforces the Charter and directs the Board generally.

The President of the SBA is also responsible for representing UNH outside the school.

Vice President
The Vice President is responsible for the committee oversight, organization interaction and stepping in when the President is unavailable.

Specifically, the Vice President oversees the Jive! And Barristers Ball committees and acts as a liaison between the SBA and all of the SBA recognized organizations.

The Vice President is also responsible for writing all of the requested Board Opinions.

Secretary
The Secretary is responsible for the majority of the SBA’s administrative duties.

Specifically, the Secretary keeps minutes at each meeting, tracks attendance of all SBA members, and keeps track of the internal voting process and school events taking place.

The Secretary is also responsible for managing the SBA TWEN website and documents.

Treasurer
The Treasurer acts as the keeper of the finances for the SBA and all of the SBA recognized organizations.

Specifically, the Treasurer prepares and submits a proposed SBA Budget, keeps record of all finances, and acts as the custodian of all funds for the payment of bills and delivery of funds to the various SBA recognized organizations.

Class Governors (1L, 2L, 3L)
The class Governors act as the voice for their fellow classmates on the Board.

Specifically, the Governors are responsible for acting as liaison between their respective class and the Board.

Governor’s hold open forums once a semester and are responsible for bringing any and all grievances and complaints to the Board.

Governors are also responsible for the class gift and graduation speakers.

Liaisons
There are three liaison positions: Administration, and Faculty.

Each liaison acts as the voice of the membership but also the voice of the entity back to the membership.

Each liaison is responsible for reporting back all relevant and necessary information to the board, as well as providing information to their respective membership.

Contact Us

sba@law.unh.edu

UNH School of Law
Student Bar Association
2 White Street
Concord, NH 03301

Introduction

Diversity does not begin and end with awareness or the creation of a diverse campus and academic setting. As society continues to evolve in a global manner the critical aspects of diversity, humility, compassion, and understanding are imperative to the effective practice of law at any level in any setting.

Vision Statement

To foster and support a safe, inviting, and all-inclusive environment. To develop and maintain a culture of diversity on campus that supports tolerance, acceptance, and cultural competency in student’s academic and professional lives.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Diversity Coalition at the University of New Hampshire School of Law is to promote and support an enriching and supportive environment in which all students can thrive both personally, professionally, and academically. The Diversity Coalition will achieve this mission by acting as a committee that collaborates with all other campus diversity groups, including but not limited to:

  • The Black Law Students Association;
  • The Hispanic Law Students Association;
  • Chinese and Taiwanese Law Student Association;
  • Hillel;
  • LAMBDA

This collaboration will endeavor to promote, educate, and foster diversity within our immediate academic and larger Concord community.

Programs and Events (Past & Future)

  • Dia de los Muertos
  • Black History Month
  • Pride Week (with Lambda)
  • Student-run Diversity Training
  • Diwali (Festival of Lights)
  • Chinese Lunar New Year
  • Passover Seder

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 FBA also provides opportunities for scholarship and for judges, lawyers and law students to interact professionally and socially.

The UNH School of Law Student Chapter will provide students opportunities for leadership, networking, and learning more about federal practice.

Contact Us

fedbar@law.unh.edu

Our Mission

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.

Contact Information

UNH School of Law Chapter
fedsoc@law.unh.edu
Federalist Society
c/o University of New Hampshire School of Law
2 White Street
Concord, NH 03301

National Office, The Federalist Society

About us

The University of New Hampshire School of Law (UNH Law) student chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) is the first and only law school chapter in the U.S, and is open to all students at the law school. The mission of LES Chapter at UNH Law is to offer law students access to the LES U.S.A. structure, and facilitate the mission of the LES U.S.A.

We are committed to educating our members the economic significance of licensing of any form of intellectual property, and regarding the current laws and any changes in laws in the U.S. and worldwide, which affect technology transfer and licensing of intellectual property rights. We will foster this awareness through seminars, workshops, presentations, discussions, and mentorship.

We further encourage, facilitate, and support our member’s involvement in LES U.S.A. and international meetings and seminars, both at national and regional levels.  This student chapter hopes to bring national recognition to UNH School of Law students through these learning and networking opportunities.

Join LES

LES membership gives you exclusive access to resources and benefits such as:

  1. Professional and learning opportunities
  2. Thinking cross-discipline (law, business, and technology)
  3. Networking opportunities with fellow members and licensing experts
  4. Peer-to-peer learning
  5. Access to massive collection of latest licensing news and best licensing practices across the world

LES members demographics

We have 1L, 2L, 3L, LL.M., and Master's students of UNH School of Law as our members.

Contact Us

Licensing Executives Society
University of New Hampshire School of Law
2 White Street
Concord, NH 03301
les@law.unh.edu

Faculty Advisor
Jon R. Cavicchi
Professor of Legal Research
Intellectual Property Librarian

Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity is an international professional law fraternity, which expands the legal horizons and professional contacts of its members through practical and professional programs.

Activities include a guest lecture service; networking opportunities with judges, lawyers and politicians; social events; and service work such as food, clothing and toy drives for the community.

Contact Us

pad@law.unh.edu

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Sports & Entertainment Law Society is to promote an understanding and appreciation of the legal structure of the motion picture, music, and theatrical industries.

The Sports & Entertainment Law Society intends to familiarize law students with the intellectual property rights and contractual relationships between the media producers, distributors, and authors of these industries as well as the deal making and advising aspects of practice in the greater entertainment field.

The Sports & Entertainment Law Society hopes to accomplish this by sponsoring extracurricular programs such as guest lectures from experts in entertainment law, career planning seminars to aid students entering this field, and forums for interaction and communication between current students, faculty, and alumni from various backgrounds in intellectual property law.

Contact Us

sels@law.unh.edu
Sports & Entertainment Law Society
University of New Hampshire School of Law
2 White Street
Concord, NH 03301

The Sports Club organizes weekly flag football and soccer games. It also runs the “Buck Bowl” – a flag football tournament held every fall to determine the alpha class. The club sponsors a fall soccer tournament, a spring softball tournament, a spring basketball tournament, and a golf tournament.

Contact Us

sports@law.unh.edu

Our Mission

  • Promote intellectual property issues across the student body of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, to those of the New Hampshire bar, and beyond;
  • Bring together many facets of intellectual property, including Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights;
  • Provide a forum which promotes an open dialogue of current issues in intellectual property and exposes how these issues will affect the practice of intellectual property law in the future;
  • Continue to promote the UNH Law as an academic center for the study of intellectual property; and
  • Promote rapport between students and professionals in the intellectual property field.

Contact Information

SIPLA
c/o University of New Hampshire School of Law
2 White Street
Concord, NH 03301

Information will be forthcoming. Please check back.

Contact Us

teencourt@law.unh.edu

               

In 2010, the UNH School of Law Student Bar Association developed and funded a pilot program called the Student Wellness Initiative. Based on positive student and staff feedback, we plan to expand the Wellness Initiative program to offer students a broader range of opportunities to learn to support their own physical and mental health. Presenters are local wellness professionals who can offer ongoing support to students in the community, as well as local health and wellness educators affiliated with the University of New Hampshire and the Community College system of New Hampshire, including New Hampshire Technical Institute’s Department of Human Service and Addiction Counseling.

Law school is very demanding, so many of the workshops and events focus on stress management and "chilling out". We hope to hold weekly yoga classes and workshops presented by community members. We have recently instituted RECESS: A Break from the Mondays in collaboration with the Assistant Dean of Students' Office, in which all members of the UNH Law community take a break, catch up with friends and peers, and enjoy a snack. Other events include visits from Therapy Dogs, a spring softball game and BBQ, and walking meditations.

Feel free to contact us via the student organization email, wellness@law.unh.edu.

The Women's Law Student Association (WLSA), open to all members of the University of New Hampshire School of Law community, promotes awareness, discussion, and action regarding women’s legal and social issues. Activities include panel discussions, informal gatherings and dinner meetings to learn about current projects and pending state/national legislation addressing fundamental issues regarding employment and legal issues concerning women.

Contact Us

wlsa@law.unh.edu

Guidelines & Events

Students wishing to start a new student organization must submit a list of officers who are interested in leading the club or organization. The acting president/head of the organization or club must submit a request for official recognition to the SBA and Assistant Dean of Students. The request shall include a mission statement, list of members and faculty advisor and any other pertinent information that may be necessary. The SBA will meet and discuss the request and provide a decision.

In order for a student organization to hold an event on campus, the following steps must be taken:

  • If permission is granted for alcohol to be served at the event, bartenders must verify that all participants drinking alcohol are at least 21 years of age 
  • No hard alcohol (spirits) may be served at any student organization function without prior approval from the Assistant Dean of Students.
  • If kegs of beer are allowed at a student-sponsored event, a trained bartender must serve all alcoholic beverages.
  • All student-sponsored events must conclude no later than 10:00 pm.
  • Student organization officers and members are responsible for setting up and cleaning up after their events. If necessary, a cleaning charge will be assessed after the event and charged to the organization.
  • Those attending UNH Law functions must abide by all rules and regulations set forth in the Student Handbook.

Only recognized student organizations are permitted to invite guests to speak or hold events on-campus. If you are a student organization interested in extending an invitation to an individual or group of individuals to speak at UNH Law, or to conduct an activity on campus, you must seek permission from the Assistant Dean for Students. All student organizations must make an event reservation in the calendaring system and submit the event approval form to Dean Canning for review.  The reservation will generate the approval form, so please make the reservation from a computer that has access to a printer.