UNH and UNH Law Look Toward Merger

UNH and UNH Law Look Toward Merger

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

In August 2010, the University of New Hampshire and the private law school formerly known as the Franklin Pierce Law Center entered an affiliation agreement and the UNH School of Law was announced. From the beginning, the affiliation aimed to build upon the respective strengths of both institutions. That has been accomplished by, among other initiatives, the creation of two dual degree programs between the law school and the university.  

Students can earn a dual JD/MBA or a dual JD/master’s in social work. In addition, there have been faculty exchanges and other educational programs that pair the law school’s historic leadership, especially in intellectual property law, with the research being conducted at UNH.

As originally envisioned, the affiliation agreement was an intermediate step before the two institutions considered a formal merger. It stipulated that, beginning in January 2013, the UNH Law board of trustees could vote to initiate the merger process (which also requires the approval of the University System of New Hampshire board of trustees, as well as the law school’s accrediting bodies). 

Given the clear benefits to date of the affiliation, the UNH Law board of trustees will evaluate whether the law school should take the next step and initiate the merger process at its board meeting Jan. 25, 2013. Depending on the outcome of those discussions, the USNH board of trustees may discuss the issue at its Feb. 1, 2013 board meeting. 

Further information on the status of these merger discussions, as well as the numerous issues that a formal merger would raise, will be announced as it becomes available. The primary location of UNH Law will remain in Concord.