CONCORD — UNH put the President back in its law school name.
The University of New Hampshire School of Law is becoming the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law.
It’s a nod to the nation’s 14th President and also recognition for the school’s status for its studies in intellectual property law.
“We educate the world’s lawyers in intellectual property, which again is the primary driver of our economy around the world,” Law School Dean Megan Carpenter said in an interview Wednesday.
“The head of intellectual property at many of our major corporations are our graduates,” she said, naming Bayer, Samsung, Microsoft and Pepsi.
Intellectual property encompasses trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights and patents.
When it joined UNH in 2014, the Franklin Pierce Law Center lost its presidential moniker.
In March, the university issued a statement noting its law school was listed in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings as one of the top five law schools for the study of intellectual property (IP).
UNH Law, which is ranked fifth for IP, has been ranked in the top 10 for IP nationwide every year since U.S. News & World Report began ranking intellectual property programs 28 years ago. UNH Law had been a pioneer in the study of IP law since the law school’s founding as the Franklin Pierce Law Center 46 years ago.
Pierce was born in Hillsborough in 1804 and served as president from 1853 to 1857.
“It’s really the gold standard for intellectual property around the world,” Carpenter said.
“It deserves to be part of our official name,” she said.
The school, which has 250 students enrolled, unveiled the name change at a Tuesday reception in Boston with 200 alumni, she said.
“There’s no cost (in the name change) beyond any small incidental changes in signage,” Carpenter said.