The quaint picturesque towns of New Hampshire belie the steely resolve of the state's motto, "Live Free or Die." Forged in the heat of the Revolutionary War by General John Stark, the motto is a source of pride of residents who have taken it to heart.
As one of the thirteen colonies, New Hampshire's fearless motto is evident in the exploits of its famous sons. Daniel Webster, a highly regarded lawyer in the early days of the United States, helped shape the founding intuitions of this country. Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States during the difficult years leading up to the Civil War. Alan Shepard, one of the original seven Mercury astronauts, was the first man in space, the fifth person to walk on the moon and the first person to play golf on its surface.
If you are looking to the independent spirit of New Hampshire for a legal education, then you will be exploring the capital of the state, Concord. In particular, you will be researching the only law school in the state, the University of New Hampshire School of Law ("NH School of Law".)
University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly known as Franklin Pierce Law Center) is located in Concord, New Hampshire. No matter what your favorite recreational activity might be, you are not very far away from city lights or back country venues for much needed short breaks from your legal studies. Concord, in the south east part of the little state, is just an hour away from Boston, but is also close to the ocean and the mountains.
Founded in 1973 as the Franklin Pierce Law Center, it is now the University of New Hampshire School of Law. This public institution is a very small school with a average student body size of about 200 including both full-time and part-time students. The incoming class for 2018 is expected to be about 75 students. NH School of Law historically accepts students with LSAT scores ranging from 153 to 157.
The tuition for the school is above the average mark for all law schools in the United States. NH School of Law is considered a second tier school by U.S. News & World Report. It is an accredited school by the American Bar Association. The bar pass rate in 2015 was 76.74% for first-time takers of the New Hampshire Bar. New Hampshire has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam, which means the results can be transferred to other states that have accepted the UBE.
NH School of Law prides itself on preparing its students with a top-notch education that includes the required core legal studies classes, hands-on legal clinic experience, and an opportunity to shape your legal career through concentrations. The school offers the following curricular tracks:
- Business Law
- Criminal Law
- Daniel Webster Scholar Program
- IP: Patent Law
- IP: Trademarks and Copyright
NH School of Law is very proud of its intellectual property program. According to U.S. News, NH School of Law has one of the best IP programs in the country. They offer a LLM in Intellectual Property in addition to the courses students can take as part of the JD program. In addition to the IP LLM, the school offers an LLM in Commerce & Technology and one in International Criminal Law & Justice.
The Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program is a first of its kind in the country. The program purports to provide a client-ready legal education that will allow its participants to pass a variant of the New Hampshire Bar exam during law school, such that they can be sworn into the bar the day before graduation.
Tips for Law School and Beyond
Whether or not you succumb to the charms of New Hampshire, you will no doubt want to investigate FindLaw's Law Student section website. It contains many articles that offer tips and advice to help select a school, choose classes, take the bar exam, and go onto your first job. New articles are being added all of the time, so check the Law Student section site often. Good luck on your adventure!