The Concord Monitor has a story today that UNH School of Law in Concord is about to take its first big steps into the world of online education, and if all goes as planned it will go further and create what it calls the nation’s first specialized law degree. Library services and instruction are part of the plan to support the hybrid J.D.
The school is awaiting permission from the American Bar Association for a largely online law degree focused on intellectual property, a topic that covers everything from patents and trade secrets to databases and privacy. UNH School of Law has long been known for its emphasis on IP and already offers a certificate in the field, but this new version of what is known officially as a Juris Doctor or JD degree will go further, said Dean Megan Carpenter.
“It will be the first JD that is curated from beginning to end in a particular area of the law – in this case, intellectual property and technology law. The students will still have exposure to basic areas of the law, including contracts and civil procedure, for example … It’s still a JD, but it is JD with a focus in a particular area of the law,” Carpenter said.