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Rudman Center - Certificate Programs & Public Interest Curricular Paths

Fiscal Responsibility Certificate

Senator Warren B. Rudman was a strong advocate of fiscal responsibility. Consistent with Senator Rudman’s values and vision, the Rudman Center offers a certificate program in fiscal responsibility for students interested in government service and the responsible stewardship of the public fisc. The program adopts an interdisciplinary and experiential approach to training future lawyers in governmental budgeting, spending, and fiscal policy-making.

UNH Law awards this certificate through the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy. It is awarded only to those granted a UNH Juris Doctor degree. The program embraces an interdisciplinary approach to training future lawyers in federal budgeting, spending and policy making through course work and practical skills training.

Candidates must notify, in writing, both the Registrar and the Director of the Rudman Center of intention to pursue the certificate before their 5th semester in the case of candidates for only a JD, or before their 6th semester at the Law School in the case of candidates for Joint or Dual Degrees.

This is an overview of the requirements for this certificate. Please refer to the Student Handbook Academic Rules for a complete listing.

Required Courses


Administrative Process

3 - UNH Law

Federal Legislation, Budget and Appropriations Process

3 - UNH Law

Leadership and Fiscal Responsibility Capstone Course

3 - UNH Law

Personal Federal Income Taxation

3 - UNH Law

An approved graduate-level course at UNH’s Business School, Political Science Department, or Department of Public Administration


An approved legal residency (externship) placement through UNH Law

3  - UNH


At least 3 - UNH Law

Note: None of these courses (except the legal residency) may be taken on an S/U basis.
Each candidate must achieve a grade of B-or better in Administrative Process and Personal Federal Income Taxation and a grade of B or better in the other graded courses.

The Government Service Initiative

Senator Warren B. Rudman devoted much of his professional life to government service at the federal and state levels.  He also played a critical role in ensuring the appointment of first-rate jurists to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire. 

Consistent with Senator Rudman’s values and vision, the Rudman Center offers a government service initiative that provides intense curricular and experiential support for students who wish to serve as law clerks in the federal and state judicial branches, or to work for the legislative or executive branches at the federal or state level. 

The Rudman Center also hosts annual symposia, conferences, and lectures on constitutional law and issues bearing on the separation of powers among the three branches of government. 

The Access-to-Justice Initiative

Senator Warren B. Rudman was a passionate advocate for the federal Legal Services Corporation because he believed that legal services should be broadly available for all. Consistent with Senator Rudman’s values and vision, the Rudman Center offers an Access-to-Justice Initiative for students interested in public interest legal careers. 

Rudman Center faculty and volunteers help students construct curricular pathways designed to prepare them for careers representing underserved populations.  Such curricular pathways include recommended coursework, legal residencies, clinical experiences, and summer placements. 

As appropriate, students also will be connected with faculty and programs at other UNH campuses, such as the Carsey School for Public Policy, the College of Health and Human Services, and the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture

The Rudman Center also regularly hosts academic symposia, conferences, and lectures on the problem of access to justice.