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Advanced Standing JD

UNH Franklin Pierce offers highly qualified foreign trained lawyers advanced standing admission to its J.D. program. This program allows foreign lawyers to earn their J.D. in two years. This program is ideal for international lawyers who are also seeking admission to practice law in the United States, particularly because New Hampshire is a uniform bar examination jurisdiction.

Admission requirements

Applicants may transfer in up to 28-transfer qualifying credits for prior law study. Advanced Standing applicants do not need to take the LSAT or another entrance exam for admission, however, if applicable, must take the TOEFL/IELTS test and achieve a satisfactory score.

Visiting and Exchange Students

Students interested in seeking visiting student status at UNH Law may fill out the visiting student application. Visiting students must be in good academic standing and have permission to transfer credits back to their home institution.

International Students

UNH Law requires international applicants with foreign transcripts to submit all transcripts through the LSACCAS. All undergraduate work outside the United States (including its territories) or Canada must be evaluated by CAS.

Foreign lawyers who have earned an undergraduate or graduate law degree from a law school outside of the United States are eligible for advanced standing. Please select applicant type “transfer” on your LSAC application.

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the school website.

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Program content

Students follow a rigorous course of study that prepares them for practice and the bar exam, including:

  • Administrative Process
  • Article II Sales
  • Business Associations
  • Civil Procedure
  • Contracts*
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Process
  • Evidence
  • Torts
  • The Legal Profession*
  • Legal Research and Information Literacy*
  • Legal Writing I*
  • Legal Writing II
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Property
  • Upper Level Skills
  • Upper Level Writing
  • Wills, Trust &Estates
  • A clinic or J.D. legal residence of no more than 4 credits

The courses designated with * may not be satisfied by law study at another institution, except in unusual circumstances.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the school website for more information.


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Career paths

Advanced Standing students may also choose to follow particular pathways to prepare them in areas of practice such as Intellectual Property:

  • Patent law: Patent Law, Patent Prosecution I &II, and two patent law electives
  • Sports &entertainment law: Sports Law, Entertainment Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law
  • Business law: Mergers &Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, Business Entities Taxation; Antitrust
  • Practice ready: Trial Advocacy, Negotiations, Writing for Practice, Clinics

Advanced Standing students may also be eligible to participate in UNH Law Review, IDEA, and Moot Court.

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UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law

University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law has been a powerhouse for nearly five decades, offering a top-ranked US legal education in global innovation and Top 10 Intellectual Property Law program in the USA. We offer a traditional...

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UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law

2 White Street
03301 Concord NH
United States of America (USA)

Phone no: +1603-513-5300

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