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#5 IP Ranking Draws Largest and Most Diverse Class in a Decade at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law

November 11, 2020

Concord, NH (November, 2020) – The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law (a Top 100 law school ranked #5 in IP for 2020) has welcomed its largest JD class in nearly two decades, across both its residential and Hybrid JD programs. 182 students make up the incoming Class of 2023 with 19.8% representing minority groups (the most diverse in a decade), including 72 students in the Hybrid JD, the nation’s first and only primarily online JD with a focus in Intellectual Property, Information, and Technology Law.

Despite being nearly 10% larger than last year’s entering class, fall 2020’s residential JD students boast a higher median GPA, while the median LSAT remained steady at 156. Additionally, the Hybrid JD class of fall 2020 celebrates a 76% increase in enrollment from 2019 as well as an increased median GPA of 3.34 and increased median LSAT of 156.

“I am continuously amazed by the achievements of our incoming classes,” said Dean Megan Carpenter. “This year is no exception. With wide ranging backgrounds and experiences, they are ready to take on some of the greatest challenges in our society. The need for their talent has never been more in demand.”

Now in its second year, the ABA-approved Hybrid JD with a focus in Intellectual Property, Information, and Technology Law has seen great success, opening up a top-ranked legal education in IP to working professionals who will complete the majority of their coursework online during the 3.5 year program.

“Attending on-campus courses, relocating, or leaving your job isn’t always an option when you are pursuing your law degree,” said Dean Carpenter, “but getting the education you’ve dreamed of should be. The Hybrid JD offers that access and opportunity regardless of where you are.”

Whether as a part of the residential or the Hybrid JD program, all students learn from a premier faculty that includes patent experts, sports law leaders, technology law gurus, trademark scholars, and more. Additionally, students will join a global alumni community of leaders at the forefront of IP at companies like Microsoft, Pepsi, Bayer, Samsung, and WeWork, as well as benefit from the school’s #6 national ranking — and the #1 ranking in New England — for students securing employment on the open market, or in non-law school funded positions.

“Our graduates continue to be some of the most employable lawyers in the country,” said Dean Carpenter. “Their drive coupled with mentorship from our expert faculty and experiences in class and in residencies make them clear standouts in the marketplace.”

More details about the admissions process and the degrees UNH Franklin Pierce offers can be found on the school’s website.

About the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law

Accredited by the American Bar Association, UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law is located in Concord, New Hampshire, and is ranked as one of the nation’s top 100 law schools and, for the 29th year in a row, a top 10 school for the study of intellectual property law.