University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law

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University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law

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The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law is a technology-forward law school that has pioneered legal education for the digital age. With degree programs available on-campus and online, UNH Franklin Pierce is a great choice for students who want to earn a top-ranked US legal education in global innovation.
Graduates of our top-10 Intellectual Property program lead IP legal infrastructure around the world. Our Commerce and Technology program tackles legal issues in the global information economy. Our International Criminal Law and Justice program addresses fast-paced developments in the globalization of terrorism, human rights, and criminal law.
UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law is in Concord, New Hampshire, an idyllic place to study, close to mountains, lakes, the ocean, and Boston, one of the largest cities in the US. 


  • Allgemeines Wirtschaftsrecht
  • Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Geistiges Eigentum (IP)
  • Handelsrecht
  • Innovation und Unternehmertum
  • Internationales Recht
  • Strafrecht
  • Wirtschaft & Business


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  • Teilzeit
  • Vollzeit


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Frau Sarah Dorner
Associate Director of Admissions & International Outreach


Number of professors

Number of students

JD, LL.M., and Master’s Degree students

Staff-student ratio

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UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA)
UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS)
UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)

Ranking & Awards

Our Intellectual Property program has been ranked in the top 10 in the United States for nearly 30 years. Our Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property has trained IP leaders around the world. Our focus remains as much on the future as it does on that history – we continue to offer one of the most comprehensive lists of innovative IP courses at any law school in the country, host IP-related clinics working on cutting-edge domestic and international issues, and have built a worldwide network of IP experts eager to help our graduates become the next generation of IP leaders.

We remain the #5 Intellectual property school. 

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2019 Top 10 List LLM Guide
Top 10 LL.M. Programs for Intellectual Property Law

Renowned professors

Our IP faculty includes widely-renowned experts in all areas of intellectual property and information law who are thought-leaders in IP policy and practice worldwide.

Our faculty have contributed to the development of intellectual property law and policy around the world.

Her scholarship focuses on the intersection between intellectual property law and public policy concerns, privacy and technology law, and feminist legal theory. Ann has published numerous articles and book chapters.

Dean Carpenter is an internationally known expert in IP law. She teaches and publishes in the area of IP and innovation, with a focus on entrepreneurship, branding, and arts. She is a frequent speaker on legal education & innovation.

Librarian and chief administrator of IP information resources at UNH Law. Professor Cavicchi sits on the Advisory Board of QUESTEL/ORBIT, a key information producer for patent professionals.

Professor Ford teaches and writes about intellectual property, privacy, and other ways the law regulates information. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.

Distinguished Jurist in Residence retired from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He served as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and as an attorney in the Department of Defense.

Director of the International Technology Transfer Institute and its mission to advance science, technology and innovation in developing countries via education, outreach and capacity building in IP management, technology transfer.

Director of the Intellectual Property Transaction Clinic. With more than 15 years in practice, Professor Lembree has extensive knowledge about integrating intellectual property issues into the needs of business law clients.

McCann is a leading expert in sports law and an award-winning journalist. He is a staff writer and Legal Analyst for Sports Illustrated. Since 2007, McCann has authored more than 750 legal columns and articles for SI.

Founding member of the team that designed and developed the Portal for IP Rights, a resource developed for entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and financial institutions to help make the commercialization of IP easier and more efficient

His research is on innovation systems & improving the environment for entrepreneurial companies and technology‐based economic growth. He does extensive work in the areas of patent valuation, technology commercialization & startup companies.

Her current scholarship focuses on trademark use and distinctiveness generally and how trademarks function on social media in particular.

His research covers a variety of IP topics and industries, including 3D printing, genetically modified food, patent reform efforts, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, empirical studies, the music industry, and healthcare.

Expert in the areas of IP, new technologies, entrepreneurship & innovation, entertainment law, trust & estates, and municipal finance. She was sits on the Advisory Council (IP Committee) for the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Notable Alumni

Our graduates are recognized around the world for their signature approach to problem-solving and ability to hit the ground running. They are highly sought after in the marketplace and they quickly rise to the top.

Our graduates comprise a global network, underpinning the IP infrastructure around the world in both the public and private sectors.

John Asein
Director–General, Nigerian Copyright Commission

Christina A Carvalho
​​​​​​​Firmwide Managing Partner, Arent Fox

Mahua Roy Chowdhury
Founder & Principal, Royzz & Co.

Dàmaso Pardo Correa
President, Argentina’s National Institute of Industrial Property

Pooja Dodd
Founder & Principal, Dodd & Co.

Joe Ferretti
Vice President & Chief Counsel, Global Snack Group & Global Trademarks, Pepsico

Gloria Isla
Founding Partner, Isla del Campo

Tim Joyce
Senior Patent Counsel, Bayer HealthCare, LLC

Anju Jain Kumar
Vice President and Assistant Regional Counsel, Disney South Asia

In-Jung Lee
Vice President of Intellectual Property, Samsung Electronics, Ltd.

Micky Minhas
Former Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel, Microsoft, Inc. and new Executive Director of the Frankin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property.

Arvin Patel
Chief IP Officer, TiVo

Mladen Vukmir
​​​​​​​Founding Partner, Vukmir and Associates, Croatia

Student faculty ratio

6:1 (fulltime faculty)
4:1 (fulltime and part-time faculty)

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The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law has earned an international reputation as a leader in Intellectual Property Law. The school attracts talented students from all over the world through both the quality of its coursework and the community support it provides. Moreover, the school’s resources and network-enabled international students thrive even in the COVID-19 era of employment. 
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Program types

Full time

Part time

Degree to be obtained

  • LL.M., Intellectual Property
  • LL.M., Commerce and Technology
  • LL.M., International Criminal Law and Justice
  • Master’s: Intellectual Property
  • Master’s: Commerce and Technology
  • Master’s: International Criminal Law and Justice
  • Graduate Certificate: Intellectual Property
  • Graduate Certificate: Commerce and Technology
  • Graduate Certificate: International Criminal Law and Justice


assoziierten Partner

Partner oder Counsel


Winter term

Start: August
Duration: 4 months

Summer term

Start: January
Duration: 4 months

Practical relevance

UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law has one of the most respected and comprehensive intellectual property law programs in the country, and offers our students extensive opportunities for practical training. Our Intellectual Property Scholars‘ Roundtable brings scholars from across the country and around the world. At the Intellectual Property Scholarship Redux Conference, senior scholars revisit work they had previously published and discuss what they got right, or what they would do differently. And our Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property hosts regular lunch and learn series that bring together students, faculty and outside experts. Our students gain invaluable hands-on experience practicing IP through externships and clinics.

Intellectual Property and Transaction Clinic
Students help clients turn their dreams into strategic business ventures. Clients include entrepreneurs, authors, artists, inventors, musicians, publishers, and individuals operating small businesses or nonprofit organizations. These clients are confronting complex and crucial issues pertaining to business formation and organization, copyright and trademark registration and protection, licensing, and small business transactions. Without legal help, their ventures may never get off the ground.

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International Technology Transfer Institute
Students work on scientific breakthroughs around the world. ITTI promotes science, technology, and innovation in developing countries by building capacity and capability in intellectual property management, technology transfer, and patent information access, assembly, and analysis. Clinic collaborators include world-class organizations such as the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, United States Patent and Trademark Office, the World Bank, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the World Health Organization.

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With more than than nearly 50 years of experience as an IP leader, the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law boasts a talented faculty, a global network of influential IP practitioners in over 80 countries, and a rich array of IP resources and programs. Franklin Pierce and our faculty are affiliated with:

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • World Intellectual Property Organization
  • World Health Organization
  • World Bank
  • Licensing Executive Society
  • International Trademark Association
  • Southeastern Association of Law Schools
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Student profile

Our programs are for lawyers, nonlawyers, scholars, and anyone interested in getting a top-ranked US legal education in intellectual property and technology law. Lawyers may be interested in a specialized graduate program. Judges seeking training on cutting-edge issues. Nonlawyers seeking to understand legal issues in industry and policy. Scholars interested in studying in the only academic IP library in the western hemisphere. UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law sets the pace for legal education in the information age. We produce talented graduates who learn to make a difference on day one.The LL.M. program is ideal for domestic and foreign-trained attorneys and those with a legal education who are seeking specialized training in Intellectual Property, Commerce and Technology, and International Criminal Law and Justice.Our Master’s Degree program paves the way for you to become a respected specialist in your field and earn expert credentials in the global landscape. You can map out your own path to match the program with your career objectives.


Residential LL.M. and Master’s programs begin in the Fall semester, in late August.
Students enrolling in the online LL.M. or Master’s programs can begin Fall Semester (late August) or Spring Semester (mid January).
There are two semesters in the academic year. The first semester begins in late August and concludes in mid-December. Students have a break from mid-December to mid-January. The Spring semester begins in mid-January and concludes in mid-May. Students have a week-long break in late February/early March.

Kosten und Finanzierung

Tuition fees ($)

These fees are for the 2020/2021 academic year

Residential LL.M or Master's ($)

Distance Learning Master's ($)

Tuition based on 24 credit hours at the rate of $ 1,270 per credit hour


Distance Learning Master’s ($)

Tuition based on 30 credit hours at the rate of $ 1,270 per credit hour

Graduate Certificate ($)

Cost of living ($)

Students who wish to bring their family with them are advised to budget an additional $3,137 per family member.


UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law strives to make our education accessible and affordable to international students. We offer scholarships to qualified students admitted to both our online and residential programs.

Further information about Scholarships

UNH Franklin Pierce offers international students a number of generous, partial tuition scholarships. For complete details, visit the school’s Financial Aid page and scroll to the tab “Scholarships – Graduate Programs.”

Presidential Scholarship
Awarded to graduate law students who have achieved outstanding academic credentials and demonstrate extraordinary potential to be a successful member of the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law community.

  • Award: Ranges from $7,500-$15,000
  • Application: No application is required. Recipients are selected at time of admission.

Dean’s Scholarship
Awarded to graduate law students who have achieved excellent academic credentials and demonstrated financial need.

  • Award: Ranges from $5,000-$10,000
  • Application: No application is required. Recipients are selected at time of admission.

Professional Experience Award
Awarded to entering graduate law students in recognition of their years of professional experience

  • Award: Ranges from $500-$5,000
  • Application: No application is required. Recipients are selected at time of admission.

Emerging Professional Award
Awarded to early career graduate law students who show strong potential in their field of study.

  • Award: Ranges from $500-$5,000
  • Application: No application is required. Recipients are selected at time of admission.                                                                           

Franklin Pierce Center Scholarship
Awarded to graduate law students based on their educational background, experience, and/or expressed interest in the field of Intellectual Property and/or Commerce and Technology law.

  • Award: Ranges from $500-$3,000
  • Application: No application is required. Recipients are selected at time of admission.

Alumni Referral Scholarship
Awarded to graduate law students who were referred to Franklin Pierce by an alum of the law school.

  • Award: $5,000
  • Application: No application is required. Applicants should note on their application the name of the alum who referred them. Referring alumni are encouraged to write a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. This letter can count as one of the applicant’s two required letters of recommendation.




The application deadline for residential programs is June 1. Priority will be given to applicans who apply by May 1. Students are encouraged to apply early to allow time for the visa process. We process all applications on a rolling basis. Online Application Deadlines: Fall Admission: July 1 – priority application deadline August 1 – final application deadline Spring Admission: November 15 – priority application deadline December 15 – final application deadline.

Admission Requirement

LLB or equivalent first basic law degree


Only required by applicants whose native language is not English.

Admission Requirements

All LL.M. applicants must have completed a J.D., LL.B. or a recognized equivalent law degree.
Applicants to the Master’s degree must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. A law degree is not required.

How to apply

Applicants to our residential and limited residential programs should apply through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
For online programs, you may apply through our website. We will also accept applications through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
In addition to the application, an applicant must submit the following:

  • Application fee (currently waived for all LL.M., Master, and Diploma programs)
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Official translated and evaluated transcripts
  • Transcripts
  • TOEFL or IELTS score
  • Essay                                

No GRE, LSAT or GMAT score is required.
More information on what is needed to apply can be found on our application checklist.


Student facts

The majority of LL.M. students are practicing attorneys with 4-5 years of experience. We welcome students from a range of professions and with varying levels of professional experience.

International students

Our students come from all over the word. In recent years students have come from countries such as Brazil, China, Korea, Nigeria, Singapore & India. We have global partnerships with top IP universities in China, Ghana, India, Ireland, Korea, and Taiwan.

Study location

UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law is located in Concord, New Hampshire, the historic state capital. Just steps from the capitol building and all branches of state government, the campus is next to White Park, a beautiful century-old public park with walking trails, an outdoor pool, playground and a pristine pond that is a popular spot for ice skating in the winter. 
The campus is walking distance to Concord’s vibrant city center, with a wealth of restaurants, local shops, independent bookstore, independent theatre, and a variety of cultural and historic attractions and events.
The surrounding region, including New Hampshire’s beautiful seacoast, the White Mountains National Forest, and the nearby Lakes Region, is rich with recreational activities for any season.
Boston is an hour away and Montreal and New York City are about four hours by car or bus. Concord is also just 30 minutes north of Nashua, Salem and Manchester - New Hampshire’s “golden triangle” of high tech and business development.
Learn more about the law school campus through our virtual tour.


Most students find housing within walking distance to campus and downtown. UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law has partnered with, a company that specializes in providing Off-Campus Housing solutions for students. This service is FREE for anyone to use as an effective method of finding a place to live off-campus or finding a roommate. Students can search rental listings in the Concord area here. Students can register to post a Roommate or Sublet listing here.

Club & Society

Students at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law are involved in an array of organizations that enhance the day-to-day life at the school. Groups include academic and professional organizations, wellness initiatives, sports and more. To find an organization that suits your interests, visit our listing of student organizations.

Leisure activities

Enjoy the four seasons by leaf peeping and apple picking in the fall, skiing, sledding, or ice skating in the winter, watching the flowers bloom in the spring, hiking in the White Mountains, and spending a day at the beach in the summer. Concord’s newly revitalized downtown offers activites for lovers of food, books, theatre, and the arts, and is the center of several special events throughout the year, such as Market Days, Halloween Howl, and Midnight Merriment. Students looking to connect with young professionals from the greater Concord community can participate in free, monthly networking events hosted by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce.

Support for parents/disabled people

UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law welcome students of all abilities. Our Assistant Dean of Students provides individualized support to students in need of accommodations. UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law welcomes families along with students. The Assistant Dean of Students works with international students who bring their family to provide transitional and ongoing support. Concord is a wonderful place for families and has excellent public and private school options. We would be happy to connect students interested in bringing their family with a current student who is here with their family so you can learn more about their experience.