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IP at Pierce Law: Admissions Information

Dean John Hutson at work Admission Requirements: JD
Both U.S. and international applicants should contact the Admissions Office, Franklin Pierce Law Center, Two White Street, Concord, NH 03301 USA for information on admission to the JD program and financial aid.

Admission Requirements: MIP and DIP
Applicants to the MIP and DIP programs should have a college or university level degree or its equivalent in professional work experience. Applicants who are non-native speakers of English are required to attain a score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent. Applicants are encouraged to take the TOEFL at an early date. TOEFL information is available from Pierce Law. The Pierce Law institutional code for reporting TOEFL scores is 3396.

MIP and DIP applicants who intend to specialize in patent practice in the United States must have a degree in engineering, natural science or technology, or have the equivalent practical experience in order to qualify to become a patent agent in the United States. More information on eligibility requirements for the Patent Agent Examination is available from the Office of Enrollment and Discipline, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Box OED, Washington, DC 20231 USA. Tel: 703.308.5316 www.uspto.gov/web/offices.

Admission Requirements: Joint JD/MIP
Admission to the JD program at Franklin Pierce Law Center or another ABA-accredited law school is prerequisite to admission into the Joint JD/MIP program. Practicing attorneys and other law graduates may qualify for advanced standing in the MIP program based upon course work taken in law school prior to completion of the basic law degree. Enrolled MIP students may not earn credits or residency toward the JD degree until formally admitted into the Juris Doctor program.

Student consultation Admission Requirements: LLM
Applicants to the LLM program must have already received the LLB or JD degree, or equivalent basic law degree, prior to enrollment. Courses in law taken prior to completion of the basic law degree may be applied toward the LLM.

Financial Assistance for MIP/ DIP/ LLM Programs
Limited financial assistance is available to approximately 50 percent of each year’s applicants who demonstrate financial need. U.S. participants may also be eligible for student loans. Most non-U.S. participants are self-funded or funded by private sponsors. Others receive financial support from their home governments, foundations or international organizations.

Financial assistance from Pierce Law takes the form of partial tuition waivers. To be considered for financial assistance from Pierce Law, non-U.S. applicants must show strong likelihood of success in completing the program and benefiting their home country. Pierce Law will not provide stipends for living expenses or work opportunities.

Applicants who are from nations in whichthe per capita gross national product is low, are likely to bring unique contributions in the form of particular experience or expertise, and those who are from nations not previously represented at Franklin Pierce Law Center will be given preference in awarding financial assistance.

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