The UNH law school in Concord – now renamed UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, which was sort of its name for three decades before UNH took it over in 2010 – on Wednesday started its first class of a new online degree in Intellectual Property law.
I wrote about the program earlier this year when it was getting finalized. The story (you can read it here) talked about how law schools are slow to moving online; the American Ban Association won’t accredit degrees if more than 1/3 of classes are “distance learning” – UNH had to get a waiver.
The idea of going online, of course, is to make it easier for working professionals to get the degree. It seems to have worked – of the 45 students enrolled, 43 are from outside N.H. and many have degrees: 9 have a Ph.D., 8 have an MBA and 3 have an M.D. That last one boggles my mind – an M.D. and a law degree!
The degree is also unusual because it focuses entirely on intellectual property and related matters like privacy and patents. UNH law has had certificates in IP but not a degree.