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University of Connecticut School of Law

The University of Connecticut School of Law is one of the leading public law schools in the country. Its campus, listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, is probably the most beautiful of any law school in the United States. The newly-completed law library is perhaps the finest facility of its kind in the world. Two miles from the center of Hartford, the Law School is located in a neighborhood of large Victorian homes, where many students, staff, and faculty live. Founded in 1921, the Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. It offers a professional education of the highest quality that prepares its graduates for a lifetime of fulfilling service in any career they choose, including the bar, government, business, and education. The School's program emphasizes intellectual discipline and the development of the professional analytic skills required to respond effectively to the challenge of continuing change in the law and in the society it serves.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 565
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 157 - 162
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.25 - 3.66
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 90.7%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 83.1%
In State Tuition $22,052
Out of State Tuition $45,548

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About University of Connecticut School of Law

The University of Connecticut School of Law is one of the leading public law schools in the country. Its campus, listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, is probably the most beautiful of any law school in the United States. The newly-completed law library is perhaps the finest facility of its kind in the world. Two miles from the center of Hartford, the Law School is located in a neighborhood of large Victorian homes, where many students, staff, and faculty live. Founded in 1921, the Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. It offers a professional education of the highest quality that prepares its graduates for a lifetime of fulfilling service in any career they choose, including the bar, government, business, and education. The School's program emphasizes intellectual discipline and the development of the professional analytic skills required to respond effectively to the challenge of continuing change in the law and in the society it serves.

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The University of Connecticut School of Law is located in Hartford, the state’s capital. The institution boasts all of “the resources of a large, public institution with the feel of a small, private school.” The low in-state tuition is great for Connecticut residents looking for a deal.The program has cultivated a “strong relationship with pretty much every firm/agen­cy/government office in the state,” though most students warn other law school appli­cants who are looking to practice outside of the state upon graduation to do their research. Career Services at UConn Law has a reputation of being “Connecticut-oriented” and “most of the recruitment is self-selecting/self-motivating,” says a 3L. The administration here is “excellent, very accessible, and very responsive to student needs and concerns.” With the exception of the required curriculum, most students find professors to be “approachable” as well, says a 1L.Once students reach the higher-level courses and specialties, they engage with teachers who possess valuable field experience and provide more practice-oriented instruction to prepare students for their career ahead. “I really get the sense that no one wants me to fail,” says a 1L. “Many of the professors have been in the state for a number of years, and many of the lawyers and judges in Hartford, and Connecticut more generally, are alumni, which make opportunities for internships/clerkships very accessible,” says a 2L. Overall, many students feel that they have the faculty’s full support.“The University of Connecticut offers a unique program, which allows students to spend a semester working at a federal agency in Washington, D.C. While participating in the program, my fellow classmates and I had exclusive access to the White House, Pentagon, and other various high profile Washingtonian landmarks,” says a 3L.Some students yearn for more evening classes while others just wish for “more classes” overall. In contrast students see the program’s opportunities for specialization as its “greatest strength.” One student sees this manifested in “the ability to conduct your own research project, as well as [to] compete in trial and appellate competitions across the country and conferences around the world.” However, one aspect of the school that students can agree upon is their love of the clin­ics offered on campus. “With a little work on your part it is relatively easy to get an extern­ship experience that looks fantastic on a resume. Attorneys that I talk to look to see experiential learning and UCONN gives you that opportunity,” says a 3L.The recent renovation of the school’s library has done much to enhance the productiv­ity and esthetic of the UConn Law campus. “The library is absolutely beautiful and we have access to every resource imaginable. The library staff is very friendly and knowl­edgeable. The classrooms were recently updated and the courtrooms are impressive,” informs a 3L.Students gush about the school’s “historic look, with a modern interior.” Buildings have “state-of-the-art research capabilities and plenty of private study areas with full Internet access at every desk.” “In my last seminar class, the flat screen television started ringing and we began a satellite conference call with someone in England,” says a student.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 178

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 16

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, JD/MLS, JD/MPA, JD/MSW, JD/MPH, JD/LL.M Insurance Law. Each dual degree program is four years full time.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 108
Full-Time Faculty 44
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 7
Part-Time Faculty 57
Faculty Gender 65% Male
34% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 54% Male
46% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 67%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 0%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Ethnicity Unknown 7%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 9%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $22,052 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $22,052 $22,052

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $45,548 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $45,548 $45,548

Financial Aid

80% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$36,024 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

University of Connecticut School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 158 - 162
LSAT Part-Time 155 - 161
LSAT Total 157 - 162

University of Connecticut School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.24 - 3.69
Part-Time 3.28 - 3.6
Total 3.25 - 3.66

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#41 HBCU

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 70%
First Time Pass Rate 91%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 65
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 83%
Average Starting Salary $65,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 29 17%
Firm Sized 11-25 12 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 4 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 10 6%
Firm Sized 101-250 10 6%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 4 2%
Business Industry 38 22%
Government 28 17%
Public Interest 12 7%
Federal Clerkship 1 1%
State Clerkship 12 7%
Other Clerkship 1 1%
Academia 4 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 5 3%
Unemployed, Seeking 15 8%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 5 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NY 7%
MA 9%
CT 70%
International 1%

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