The Franklin Pierce LLM: Enroll at a Global IP Powerhouse

Discover Big Ideas at Franklin Pierce: A Top 5 Intellectual Property Law School

Since its inception in the 1970s, the Franklin Pierce School of Law at the University of New Hampshire has dedicated itself to the pursuit of excellence in intellectual property (IP) law. Small but mighty, it’s perched in the top 10 of U.S. News and World Reports’ Best IP Programs since the rankings began nearly three decades ago. Franklin Pierce offers a tight-knit community and a training ground for generation after generation of leaders in the IP field.

Highly Ranked, Globally Recognized.

Joe Ferretti

Joe Ferretti (LLM, ’00) is Vice President & Chief Counsel, Global Snack Group & Global Trademarks]

Franklin Pierce supports its #5 IP ranking through three pillars of academic infrastructure. First, it offers one of the most comprehensive lists of IP courses in the United States. Second, it boasts the largest full-time faculty in the field of IP – with half its entire faculty having IP expertise. Finally, it maintains the largest IP library in the Western Hemisphere.

These factors enable Franklin Pierce students to explore a wide area of IP topics. Students receive individualized support from faculty members and are empowered to do their own research with substantial information at their fingertips.

This means Franklin Pierce graduates enter the legal employment marketplace confident and competent – wherever they choose to go. Alumni span more than 80 countries, and some notable Franklin Pierce alumni include:

  • Micky Minhas, Vice President & Chief Patent Counsel, Microsoft
  • In-Jung Lee, Executive Vice President of IP, Samsung Electronics, Ltd.
  • Joe Ferretti, Vice President & Chief Counsel, Global Snacks Group & Global Trademarks, PepsiCo
  • Sumeet Malik, Director, Eastern Book Company (EBC) Publishing
  • Dr. K.C. Kankanala, Managing Partner and Chief IP Attorney, BananaIP

Raised in a Barn, Franklin Pierce Does Things Differently.


The First Franklin Pierce Class in session

Franklin Pierce School of Law is the first and only law school in the state of New Hampshire in the northeastern part of the United States. Our founders originally held classes in a local barn, before moving into a more formal space. The legacy of their grit and entrepreneurial spirit lives on in the school’s classrooms today, enabling the law school to stay academically competitive with institutions like Stanford and UC Berkeley, while also fostering a community atmosphere in the idyllic environment of New Hampshire.

It may seem strange that an IP powerhouse resides outside major US cities, but that’s not a problem for Franklin Pierce. Afterall, Boston is only an hour’s drive away, while New York City and Montreal are just four hours by car or bus. Instead of fighting traffic and struggling with high living costs, Franklin Pierce students enjoy life in Concord, New Hampshire. They explore the state’s capital buildings and network in the surrounding legal market, pick up high-quality meals from local eateries like the Concord Co-Op, and traverse New Hampshire’s pristine natural spaces that offer hiking, skiing, swimming, golfing and more.

Inclusive Community and Friendly Faculty

Franklin Pierce offers a holistic higher education experience filled with co-curriculars, community engagement, and cross-cultural inclusivity. This is what Mohak Rana, LLM student from India, had to say about the cultural experience.

“I have actively participated in various lectures and forums organized by student groups, faculty and centers at the school. These activities help me build my network while I continue learning. The school truly respects every culture, ethnicity, and race. We as a law school family come together to celebrate what matters to each individual. This fall, UNH celebrated Diwali… UNH made sure that I did not miss home during the festival.” – Mohak Rana, Franklin Pierce LLM student.

Franklin Pierce faculty are committed to open-door policies. Class sizes are intentionally kept small so that faculty have the time and resources to help each student succeed. The intimate community atmosphere also enables people to connect on a social level – faculty often open their homes to students for dinner parties and celebrations.

An Integrated LLM Program and Beyond


Diwali celebrations at the law school

Franklin Pierce LLM students enroll in courses with JD students as part of their curriculum.

Courses include topics such as:

  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
  • Copyright Law
  • IP Issues in Sports and Entertainment Law
  • IP, Technology Transfer, Global Development
  • Mining Patent Info in the Digital Age
  • Online Brand Management

LLM students also have full access to the Academic Success Program, including an opportunity to take a preliminary Bar exam – the test all US attorneys must pass to practice – and a dedicated faculty member who supports preparation for the legal classroom and for the Bar exam.

In addition to traditional academics, students can also gain hand hands-on experience through legal clinics. In the copyright and trademark focused IP & Transaction Clinic, students help clients with business ventures, including IP strategy and execution, business transactions and licensing. In the International Technology Transfer Institute, students contribute to scientific breakthroughs around the world, collaborating with organizations such as the World Bank, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the World Health Organization.

Many LLM students at Franklin Pierce hope to gain work experience in the United States after they complete their degree, and it’s possible for them to do so after they graduate. Faculty connect current students with alumni, who are happy to act as mentors. They help students learn more about working in the U.S. and offer tips for navigating the job search process. Additionally, their Immigration Advisor supports students who want to pursue Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Donna F. Edwards, JD ’89 with President Barack Obama

Donna F. Edwards, JD ’89 with President Barack Obama


The LLM 24-credit LLM program takes one year to complete. Tuition is competitively priced with a total cost of $38,460. Generous scholarships are available for high-quality students.

Eligibility and Application Process

The Franklin Pierce School of Law at the University of New Hampshire is now accepting LLM applications for Fall 2020. Students who hold an LLB are eligible to apply through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), or apply online through the Franklin Pierce School of Law website. A limited number of seats are available and for scholarship consideration, students should apply by May 1.

In addition to the application, applicants should also submit:

  • Resume/CV
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Personal Statement
  • Translated and Evaluated Transcripts
  • TOEFL (80+) or IELTS (6.5+) score; TOEFL/IELTS requirement waived with proof of university degree where English was the language of instruction

Review the Application Checklist for more information about the application process and required documentation.

Learn More!

For more information, visit our Graduate Admissions Page: HERE or meet us in India when we visit Delhi on December 05 and 06. You can either reach out to us through this Facebook events page or WhatsApp us at +1-603-513-5300.

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