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The Limited Residency delivery option begins only in the Fall (August).

For Residential Programs only

Applicants may be eligible for scholarships or financial assistance. These awards may be merit-based or need-based. If you wish to be considered, please write a brief summary stating why you should be considered for either a merit-based or need-based scholarship. Funding is limited, priority will be given to individuals who apply before April 1 for the fall term, and November 1 for the spring term.

Upon acceptance, your letter of admission will indicate the type of scholarship awarded, and in order to secure your scholarship, you must pay your seat deposit within the time frame indicated.



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The Visiting Scholar selection process entails two steps: UNH Law Graduate Programs approval, and J-1 Scholar Visa approval.


In order to determine whether we have the resources to serve your needs, we require a detailed description of your Research Proposal for your time at UNH Law.  Each proposal must include the following:

  • Background information. Please describe your background and your current position in government, academia or non-governmental organization. A current copy of your full CV is required and can be referenced to meet this requirement. Also required is proof of your undergraduate and graduate level degrees.
  • The subject, goal and purpose of your research as well as any intended publication resulting from your visiting scholarship at UNH Law.
  • What resources you will require to meet your goal. Please describe primary, secondary, interdisciplinary or statistical information resources you anticipate needing while at UNH Law. 
  • The duration of your visit with a proposed start and ending date. This allows us to analyze the commitment of our resources required to help you meet your goal while at UNH Law.

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Proof of English Language Proficiency
All foreign-born applicants whose native language is not English, even those currently living in the United States, are required to submit proof of English language ability.  UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score.




Educational and Professional Background


Please list all educational institutions attended since high school (secondary school).  

Official transcripts are required from all previous colleges, graduate schools, and professional schools you have attended. Each transcript should contain courses taken, marks earned, and degree(s) received. If the documents are not in English, official translations and evaluations completed by a third-party credential authentication service must accompany the transcripts. Most applicants choose to work with World Educational Service, Inc. or Globe. For more information about the transcript evaluation requirements, please visit: https://law.unh.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/application-checklist. 

Electronic TranscriptsPlease have your institution or evaluation service send the transcript directly to admissions@law.unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution or credential evaluation service.


Paper TranscriptsPlease send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH 03301. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

 

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Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are helpful to the Graduate Programs Admissions Committee if they show how your particular accomplishments (academic, professional, and personal) demonstrate analytical skills, writing ability, independence, self-motivation, and other characteristics critical to success in law study and practice.  If you graduated college within the past five years, at least one recommendation should come from a professor.

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Your references may submit a letter and send it directly to 
UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law at:

University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law
Office of Admissions
2 White Street
Concord, NH 03301-4115
Email: admissions@law.unh.edu 

Personal Essay
Why do you wish to attend UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law? Please address your goals, how your work or professional experience qualifies you to further your graduate legal studies, and how you intend to apply your advanced degree.  You may also include information explaining any unusual circumstances about your application for admission.  The essay should not exceed four pages, double-spaced.

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Character and Fitness

This section is required for applicants to the LL.M. programs and optional for applicants to the Master's and Graduate Certificate programs.

 

Applicants are expected to read the questions on this portion of the application carefully and contact the Office of Admissions with questions. Applicants who answer "Yes" to any of these questions must attach an addendum to their application which provides full disclosure as to the date, nature of the offense, and disposition related to each incident.

 

Applicants have a continuing duty to disclose character and fitness issues that may arise between the time of application submission and matriculation. This is particularly important for applicants interested in sitting for a U.S. bar examination as there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

 

We review all applications holistically with the greatest focus on your recent conduct. We welcome applicants who have made and learned from mistakes. We value honesty and candor. Failure to answer questions honestly can lead to revocation of an admission offer.


For the following questions, you do not need to include offenses for which the record of your arrest, conviction, or sentence was expunged or annulled after a petition brought by you pursuant to statute was granted.



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As an affirmative action and equal opportunity institution, we are required by law to request statistical data on the composition of our student body.  Your responses are kept confidential and are optional.
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The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, pregnancy, marital status, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, veteran's status, genetic predisposition or any other legally protected status in admission to and employment in its programs and activities.