Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH

Franklin Pierce Law Center, ABA-Accredited School, Was Founded In 1973. It Is

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    Franklin Pierce Law Center, ABA-Accredited School, Was Founded In 1973. It Is
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    • 1. LAW SCHOOL PROFILE www.lawcrossing.com 1. 800.973.1177 Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH [By Heather Jung] The Franklin Pierce Law Center (FPLC), the only law school in New Hampshire, is named after New Hampshire native and politician Franklin Pierce. Pierce served as the 14 th President of the United States from 1853 to 1857 and is known for having signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which revoked the Missouri Compromise and created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska.FPLC, a private, ABA-accredited school, of-its-kind course of study designed to train include the Public Interest Coalition, thewas founded in 1973 by Robert H. Rines IP professionals, lawyers, administrators, Public Interest Summer Fellowship Program,“in reaction to two shortcomings in U.S. entrepreneurs, and engineers from all over the Student Pro Bono Project, and the Highlegal education: its failure to effectively the world to specialize in and understand School Mentor Program.teach professional skills and its neglect of the practice of intellectual property law andintellectual property law.” Since that time, licensing. The LL.M. in Intellectual Property, Since opening its doors 24 years ago, thethe intellectual property program at FPLC has Commerce, and Technology program allows school has graduated several notable alumni,become one of the most prestigious and well- students to earn postgraduate law degrees including U.S. Representative Tim Ryan;respected in the country and is consistently and learn more about the business and Maryland politician Roger Manno; and Bingranked among the top 10 intellectual property transactional areas of intellectual property. Wang, Vice Dean of Tsinghua University andprograms in the country. China’s first patent agent. Other academic resources for the IPStudents interested in studying intellectual enthusiast include the Intellectual Property FPLC is located in New Hampshire’s capitol,property (IP) are provided with an abundance Library, the IP Mall (a website that gives Concord. Thus, students at FPLC have a wideof classes, programs, and options to utilize. students access to IP research), the array of opportunities within the city. ConcordAccording to the law school’s IP website, Intellectual Property Law Review (IDEA), and is the official seat of the state governmentFPLC “offers the most extensive selection of the Kenneth J. Germeshausen Center. and is home to the oldest state house in whichintellectual property courses in the country, members of the legislature still meet in theirexposing students to a wide variety of current The law center hosts several summer original chambers.intellectual property issues.” programs for its students. There are four summer intellectual property programs Concord is also home to several other notableThe law center offers a joint degree in available: the Criminal Law and Justice buildings, including the Eagle Hotel, whereintellectual property—the J.D./M.I.P. (Master Seminar (held in Washington, DC), the former presidents wined and dined, and theof Intellectual Property)—and a J.D./ Intellectual Property Summer Institute (held Walker-Woodman House, the oldest houseCertificate of Health Policy program, which is in Concord), the China Intellectual Property in Concord. Another major point of interestrun in conjunction with the University of New Summer Institute (which takes place in Beijing in the city of 40,687 is the Christa McAuliffeHampshire and allows students to study the and Xi’an), and the eLaw Summer Institute Planetarium named after the Concordkey elements of health-policy development. In (which takes place in Cork, Ireland). teacher who perished in the 1986 Challengeraddition to the two joint degrees offered, there explosion.are several concentrations in which students Students interested in social reform can honecan study while earning their J.D.s: commerce their interest through several social justice On the Netand technology, criminal law, general projects. The Pierce Law Innocence Projectpractice, health law, intellectual property, and is affiliated with the New England Innocence Franklin Pierce Law Centersocial justice. Project and provides legal assistance to www.piercelaw.edu men and women who have been wronglyThe school also offers a Master of Intellectual incarcerated. Street Law, a program for Concord, NHProperty in Commerce and Technology and 2L and 3L students, allows students to www.onconcord.coma Master of Laws in Intellectual Property, teach 10-class courses on the rights andCommerce, and Technology. The M.I.P. in responsibilities of law to local high school Intellectual Property at FPLCCommerce and Technology program is a first- students. Other programs at the school www.piercelaw.edu/academics_ip.htmPAGE
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