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Pierce Law/UNH Affiliation Continues on Course

July 21, 2010

Franklin Pierce Law Center. expected to become UNH School of Law in late summer

Franklin Pierce Law Center Dean and President John D. Hutson has announced that the school’s affiliation with the University of New Hampshire is right on course.

“We have received an approval letter from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges {NEASC}, one of the accrediting agencies that must sign off before the affiliation is finalized,” the dean said.  “The American Bar Association {ABA} Accreditation Committee has also recommended approval, and I will testify at the ABA hearing in San Francisco the first week in August for their final determination.”

In its letter NEASC noted, “We appreciate the benefits to Pierce Law and to the University of New Hampshire of the affiliation and potential merger, and we congratulate the parties on the successful negotiation of a careful process of moving forward.  We also understand the care with which both institutions are continuing the dialogue, planning, and cooperation that can ensure a successful merger, if such an action is taken.”

Pierce Law leadership is optimistic that all entities will approve the affiliation and the name of the school will change to University of New Hampshire School of Law near the start of the new semester.

Franklin Pierce Law Center is a global leader in innovative legal education. Its internationally-renowned intellectual property program boasts one of the largest full-time faculties in the field, a broad range of curricular offerings, and the only academic intellectual property library in the nation. Through its Social Justice Institute, wide range of clinics, externships and unique Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, the school is a leader in practice-based education. Learn more at http://www.piercelaw.edu.

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