The University of New Hampshire is the only law school in the state, yet it attracts ahigh class of students from all over the country, primarily due to its focus on creating“practice-ready” lawyers and because of its Intellectual Property Program, which “is byfar the greatest strength of this school.” There are many resources available to studentswhen it comes to IP: the library is the biggest IP library in the U.S., “many graduates arewilling to speak to us about their experience,” and the program in Commerce andTechnology includes a razor edge focus on e-Law.
The school has an “excellent focus on practice,” which is buoyed by its externshipprograms and allows students to work in their fields of interest for up to a full semesterwhile receiving credit. The Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program “offers every realworld experience a future attorney could ask for “ and is the only practice-based barexam alternative in the nation. The emphasis on practical, skills-based lawyering “is notjust an advertisement—it really happens in the classroom.” There are “endless” internship,externship, and clinical opportunities, as well as a number of classes that focus onwhat you will do in practice, rather than just theory. “If a student evades a tough question,the professor will often ask ‘What would you tell your client?’” “I really enjoylearning how we’ll be able to apply what we learn in the real world,” says a student.
Small class size means the “dynamic, high energy” faculty “really gets to know thestudents.” Everybody at UNH Law is very accessible. “I even see the Dean walkingaround in the hallways,” says a 1L. “Many professors have an open door policy,” and“there are teaching assistants who can help you in the rare times when you can’t find theprofessor.” “There was never a time when I needed to locate someone and I justcouldn’t,” says a student. Some professors even give out their phone numbers “just incase,” and students “don’t have to fight through 23 TAs before actually getting in touchwith them.” One contracts professor even stays until 11 p.m. at times when students needhelp preparing for finals. Several students take note and appreciate this apparent dedication.Almost all of the professors still practice or have practiced before they begin teaching,which allows them “actual practice-based knowledge to share with the students,[which is] a huge asset to the student body.” Similarly, “the administration and overallmanagement of our school is great.” “Because it’s such a small school, you know all ofthe administrative staff, and they are very responsive to your needs,” says a 2L.
As the main legal game in the state, the school attracts “a wide variety of speakers fromjudges, governors, senators, to well known commentators in the legal field on a weeklybasis,” which makes for “endless opportunities for networking as a result.” Some externsare sent to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and students “also have the ability toextern at the first circuit and other federal courts;” however, some feel like other concentrationsof law besides IP “could use a little boost.” “If one was to practice something elseand travel out of state they might not have much luck,” says a student.
The “intimate environment” fostered on campus is apparent everywhere. “Professorsinteract with the students outside of class on a daily basis and seem to generally careabout how each student is doing.” The student body itself is composed of “diversegroups of students of all ages and from all backgrounds.” Although the students arecompetitive, they “all get along well and work together, creating a strong network in thelong term.” Most of the students here are right out of undergrad or have spent 1-2 yearsoutside of school before applying to law school.