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Only NH Law School, Franklin Pierce, to Affiliate with State U; First Step Toward Merger

Posted Mar 16, 2010 3:05 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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It appears that Franklin Pierce Law Center will soon be known as the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Trustees of the state university yesterday approved an affiliation, in a first step toward a planned merger, according to the Concord Monitor and a Franklin Pierce press release. The Pierrce Law board approved the affiliation earlier this month.

“This is an exciting day for both institutions,” says Mark Huddleston, president of UNH, in the release. “Pierce Law has one of the top intellectual property programs in the world, and it is an honor to be affiliated with such an extraordinary law school.

"There is great potential among our many programs, including business and engineering, and Pierce Law’s, especially in the areas of intellectual property and public interest," he continues. "Affiliating will allow us to begin exploring the many ways we can enhance the university’s academic programs, create clinical education opportunities and encourage joint research.”

Presently located in Concord, the law school may eventually move to Durham.

The merger has been on the drawing board for nearly two years.

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