Juris Doctor (J.D.)
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
- 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, joint degree, or master degree candidates to specialize further by earning a certificate in a specific area of study:
- JD or dual degree candidates with an interest in sports and entertainment can pursue a certificate in sports law, entertainment law or sports and entertainment law from the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute.
- JD, joint degree, and master degree graduates specializing in intellectual property may opt for a Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Law certificate.
- Students interested in shaping innovative health care policies and research may earn a certificate of health law and policy.
- A limited number of outstanding JD, joint degree, and master degree graduates in the field of IP study who are named Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Scholars are awarded certificates.