A Community of Students and Scholars
The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law is an intimate, innovative law school, committed to developing students who enjoy challenging dialogue from the first moments of orientation, embrace practice-based learning, and stand ready to join the ranks of alumni who are global leaders in intellectual property, general practice, public interest, social justice, and commerce and technology. Our Legal Residency program allows students to work in their fields of interest for up to a full semester while receiving credit, and our Daniel Webster Scholar program is the only practice-based bar exam alternative in the nation. Our faculty consists of practitioners experienced in their fields of interest. The small student/faculty ratio promotes collaboration and collegiality. Accredited by the American Bar Association, UNH Franklin Pierce is located in Concord, New Hampshire, home to the state's legislature, state offices, as well as local, state, and U.S. federal courts. Concord is just an hour's drive from Boston, and we are located less than an hour from mountains, lakes, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Why UNH Franklin Pierce?
Beyond our U.S. News and World Report Top 10 distinction in intellectual property law, UNH Franklin Pierce is among the top 100 American Bar Association-accredited law schools in the nation. While we know rankings are important to prospective students, we also believe a law school experience should be innovative, rewarding, and ahead of the curve.
UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law is an ABA-approved law school and has maintained our Top 10 distinction in intellectual property law for 30 consecutive years - each year since rankings began in that category.
We are proud to be New Hampshire’s law school and the pioneering law school for the information age. Students at UNH Franklin Pierce are immersed in the legal profession from their first day. Our programs are designed to offer relevant and practice-based knowledge, skills, and values so that when students graduate, they join a network of successful alumni who work in more than 80 countries.
Graduate With Confidence
You’ll leave here with what it takes to succeed. Client-ready skills. An unparalleled education you can only get from small class sizes and learning from experienced lawyers. On-the-job experience in legal residencies and clinics.
We outperform our peers when it comes to what matters most – helping you obtain a high-quality legal job. New Hampshire was the first state in the Northeast to adopt the Uniform Bar Exam. UNH Franklin Pierce graduates who take the UBE in N.H. earn a portable score that can be transferred to more than 25 states across the country. Our alumni practice in 48 states and in more than 80 countries.
Diversity & Inclusion
The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law is committed to building and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and genuinely inclusive environment for all students, staff, applicants, and visitors. We believe that to foster diversity and inclusiveness in our school means to acknowledge the intrinsic worth of varied experiences and to promote equality of respect and opportunity for every member of our community. We seek to encourage greater mutual understanding of the ways that individual differences have shaped personal identities. We aim to celebrate the differences that make each of us unique and to support the growth and talents of our community members to ensure that all may reach their full potential. We recognize that this climate of inclusion is vital to our continued success in attaining the highest quality research, scholarship, teaching, engagement, and all other strategic goals of our school. We accept and welcome the responsibility of teaching and learning in a diverse democracy where social justice serves as a bridge between quality education and civic engagement.
American Bar Association
- The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law is approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738.
- The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center, has been fully accredited by the American Bar Association since 1974.
- Standard 509 Information, an overview of UNH Franklin Pierce's admissions, enrollment, attrition, bar passage rates, faculty, and other information, was provided to the ABA.
New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
- The University of New Hampshire is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NHCHE).