Juris Doctor (J.D.)

https://law.unh.edu/program/jd/juris-doctor

Our juris doctor program is rooted in practice-oriented instruction, featuring courses taught by renowned faculty – many of whom have extensive practice experience – as well as five live-client clinics and a far-reaching legal residency (externship) program that provide substantive real-world, hands-on experience. Qualified students can also take part in the Daniel Webster Scholar program, the only program in the country allowing students to graduate client-ready without the need to take the traditional two-day bar exam.

JD students can choose from a robust selection of courses and opt for a curricular track focused on:

  • Business Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Intellectual Property: Patent Law
  • Intellectual Property: Trademarks and Copyright
  • Sports and Entertainment Law
  • Litigation
  • Public Interest and Social Justice

Offerings also include dual degrees in partnership with UNH, including JD/MBA, JD/MSW, and JD/MPP, as well as several joint degrees, including JD/LLM in Intellectual Property, and JD/LLM in Commerce and Technology.

In addition, our curriculum allows JD or joint degree candidates to specialize further by earning a JD certificate in a specific area of study:

  • JD or dual degree candidates with an interest in sports and entertainment can pursue a JD certificate in sports law, entertainment law or sports and entertainment law from the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute.
  • JD and joint degree candidates specializing in intellectual property may opt for a Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Law JD certificate.
  • Students interested in shaping innovative health care policies and research may earn a JD certificate of health law and policy.

Required Courses for Juris Doctor Candidates

LGP 900The Legal Profession1
LGP 909Civil Procedure4
LGP 916Constitutional Law4
LGP 952Property4
LGP 920Contracts4
LGP 960Torts3
LSK 900Legal Research and Information Literacy2
LSK 919Legal Analysis and Writing 12
LSK 920Legal Analysis and Writing 23
Perspectives Course
LPI 912Fundamentals of Law Practice (residential only)3
or LIP 944 Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
Upper Level Required Courses 1
LGP 903Administrative Process3
LGP 951Professional Responsibility3
LCR 906Criminal Procedure I: The Law of Criminal Investigation3
Upper Level Writing Requirement2-3
Upper Level Experiential Learning Requirement6
Total Credits47-48

Sample Course Sequence

Residential Degree Candidates

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
LGP 909 Civil Procedure 4
LGP 960 Torts 3
LSK 919 Legal Analysis and Writing 1 2
LSK 900 Legal Research and Information Literacy 2
LGP 920 Contracts 4
 Credits15
Spring
LGP 900 The Legal Profession 1
LGP 916 Constitutional Law 4
LSK 920 Legal Analysis and Writing 2 3
LPI 912
Fundamentals of Law Practice
or Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
3
LGP 952 Property 4
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
Remaining Required Courses in Second or Third Year  
LGP 903 Administrative Process 3
LCR 906 Criminal Procedure I: The Law of Criminal Investigation 3
LGP 951 Professional Responsibility 3
Upper Level Writing Requirement 2 or 3
Experiential Learning Requirement 6
 Credits17-18
 Total Credits47-48

Hybrid Degree Candidates

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
LIP 944 Fundamentals of Intellectual Property 1
LSK 919 Legal Analysis and Writing 1 2
LGP 952 Property 4
LSK 900 Legal Research and Information Literacy 2
 Credits9
Spring
LSK 920 Legal Analysis and Writing 2 3
LGP 920 Contracts 3
LIP 954 Patent Law 3
 Credits9
Summer
LIP 912 Copyright Law 3
LGP 909 Civil Procedure 4
LGP 900 The Legal Profession 1
 Credits8
Second Year
Fall
LGP 916 Constitutional Law 4
LGP 960 Torts 3
LIP 977 Trademarks and Deceptive Practices 3
 Credits10
Spring
LGP 903 Administrative Process 3
LIP 918 Trade Secrets Law 2
LBS 904 Antitrust Law 3
 Credits8
Summer
Remaining Required Courses in Second or Third Year  
LCR 906 Criminal Procedure I: The Law of Criminal Investigation 3
LGP 951 Professional Responsibility 3
LGP 924 Evidence 3
Bar Electives 6
Upper Level Writing Requirement 2 or 3
Experiential Learning Requirement 6
 Credits23-24
 Total Credits67-68
  • Legal analysis and reasoning: Graduates will be able to identify, comprehend, and apply the relevant substantive and procedural laws to solve a legal issue, informed by an understanding of the diversity of viewpoints on and contexts for any issue.
  • Written and oral communication: Graduates will be able to present material effectively in these formats for both objective analytical and advocacy purposes across a range of settings, including in the courtroom.
  • Professionalism: Graduates will be able to act in an ethical, respectful, and self-aware manner with all other stakeholders, including clients, employers, and the court.
  • Legal research: Graduates will be able to navigate and assess relevant legal authorities using appropriate tools.
  • Public service: Graduates will be able to contribute productively to strengthening the justice system, with a sensitivity toward the needs of people facing societal barriers.
  • Problem solving: Graduates will be able to engage in focused and pragmatic collaboration toward goals.
  • Client counseling and management: Graduates will be able to provide trustworthy and responsive action upon clients’ matters.
  • Factual investigation and analysis: Graduates will be able to implement a strategic plan for information-gathering, which includes the ability to iterate on the plan as needed, and evaluate the results of the information obtained.