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Clarkson University Students Provisionally Admitted To Franklin Pierce Law Center Under Newly Signed Articulation Agreement

As an increasing number of professions interface with the law, said Franklin Pierce Law Center Interim Dean James E. Duggan, "we applaud high-school students who are already considering careers in law. We see this as a unique opportunity to help students design a curriculum that best prepares them for careers in the legal profession."

Clarkson has many students interested in pursuing law degrees, and our business, engineering, and science programs provide a natural route for students to enter the legal profession, said Clarkson Dean of Admission Suzanne A. Liberty in announcing the agreement. "A strong background in science or engineering is a prerequisite for students interested in a patent law speciality, an area of intellectual property law. Clarkson provides students with the background they need to be successful in this program."

Admission to FPLC is provisional, but students may gain full admission status, provided they meet the center's minimum requirements in their third year at Clarkson. Students may then attend FPLC following graduation.

Although the agreement applies to any Clarkson student interested in law, the agreement is seen particularly as a boon to students in science, according to Department of Chemistry Chair Stig Friberg, who initiated the agreement.

Clarkson brings an excellent education in chemistry and science in general, and Franklin Pierce can help us advise our undergraduate science majors in what courses to take, he said. "I felt that it was a good idea for Clarkson, and expands the many opportunities available to students interested in combining science and law."

Founded in 1973 to encourage innovation in legal education, the Law Center emphasizes professional training of the whole lawyer, offering a traditional law school core curriculum coupled with skills-based education through clinics, externships, and independent study. The Law Center grants a Juris Doctor (JD), a Master of Intellectual Property (MIP), Diploma in Intellectual Property (DIP) and a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (LLM), as well as a Master in Education Law (MEL) and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Education Law (CAGS). Clarkson University is an independent institution located in northern New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, providing students with a team-based learning experience in a cooperative, supporting atmosphere. The University has 2,745 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in programs in its schools of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Science, and its Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management program.

For additional information, please contact:

Office of Admission
Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY 13699

2 White Street
Concord, NH 03301,
603/-228- 9217

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