UConn School of Law

Introduction

The UConn 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 Law Library is one of the largest in the world and was recently named among the 50 Most Amazing University Libraries in the World by Best Masters Programs. 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.

UConn Law's legal education reflects a belief that the life of the mind is best stimulated by a high quality of civil discourse among students and faculty conducted on a small scale. The curriculum is rich in courses, but classes themselves are quite small. Each student has the opportunity to explore law and theory in an atmosphere that fosters a spirit of collaboration and cooperation. Intellectually ambitious, UConn Law students enjoy the benefits of the personal give-and-take with classmates and faculty made possible by small classes.

The school prepares its students to practice law in any jurisdiction, with no special emphasis on Connecticut law. The diverse backgrounds, specialties and intellectual approaches of the faculty assure a wide variety of teaching styles and formats, including clinical instruction, skills training, interdisciplinary work, and courses and workshops employing the problem method. The Law School has adopted an Academic Plan, setting out our strategies for the coming years and highlighting both our strengths and our plans for reinforcing and building our areas of greatest distinction.

There are four scholarly journals on campus, each managed, edited, and published by the students. They are the Connecticut Law Review, the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, the Connecticut Journal of International Law, and the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal.

The campus is a few minutes away from the State Capitol, courts and agencies, and the offices of Hartford's law firms and corporations. Students have ready access to all of these institutions for study, externships, clinical education and practice, and employment.

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LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law

Campus Full time 2 - 3 semesters August 2017 USA Hartford

The new LL.M. program in Energy and Environmental Law at UConn School of Law will engage students and develop their expertise in global energy needs, climate change, renewable energy policy, environmental policy and land use. [+]

The new LL.M. program in Energy and Environmental Law at UConn School of Law will engage students and develop their expertise in global energy needs, climate change, renewable energy policy, environmental policy and land use. Through the Center for Energy & Environmental Law, students will have the opportunity to move beyond the classroom to practice-based learning opportunities, including: Externships with state agencies, law firms, energy and environmental corporations, and regulated utilities; The Semester in DC program, which places students at such federal agencies as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy; and Applied research in a range of areas. Students will have opportunities to attend lectures and events with science and research departments at the University of Connecticut and other institutions. The flexible and unique program will prepare students to integrate energy and environmental disciplines into their work, making them singularly valuable in their chosen professional fields. UConn School of Law is in the residential West End of Hartford, Connecticut, on a lovely Gothic-style campus that is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Cultural and recreational opportunities abound in the area, which is just two hours from New York and Boston. Degree Requirements Students enrolled in the LL.M. program in Energy and Environmental Law at UConn School of Law must:​ Complete a minimum of 24 credits, Complete a 2 or 3 credit writing requirement, and Maintain a C+ grade point average. International students enrolled in the LL.M. program on a visa can complete the program in two or (with permission) three consecutive semesters of full-time study beginning in the fall term in late August or in the spring term in mid-January. U.S. students can enroll either full-time or part-time with the expectation that they will graduate within five years. All courses are open to LL.M. candidates as well as J.D. candidates, and only a few courses have required prerequisites. LL.M. students may choose to enroll in the CEEL Externship Clinic. International students are required to take both U.S. Law & Legal Institutions and Legal Research and Writing. How to Apply Applications are considered on a rolling basis. International student applications should generally be received by June 15th for Fall enrollment, or November 15th for Spring enrollment. Applications received before these dates will be given priority consideration. Admissions decisions will generally be made within several weeks of receipt of a complete application. The admissions committee considers the applicant’s academic performance, intellectual curiosity and professional experience. Admission is selective and limited to those who demonstrate academic excellence. Eligibility to Apply Applicants are required to hold or expect to receive a degree from an ABA-approved law school or from a recognized law faculty outside the United States before matriculating in the LL.M. program at UConn School of Law and must also meet the school’s English fluency standards. There are a few exceptions to the degree requirements that create additional flexibility in admissions. Students who are enrolled in a first degree in law that is a five-year program may apply to the LL.M. program while in the fourth or fifth year of the first degree. Students who are enrolled in an integrated masters and Ph.D. program in law may apply to the LL.M. program when all their coursework is complete. Finally, students in a four-year first degree in law program may apply for admission in their fourth year with permission of their home institutions. The UConn School of Law LL.M. degree would be awarded after confirmation that the home institution awarded the student a first degree in law. Important Dates June 15, 2016 – Application Deadline for Fall Semester 2016 November 1, 2016 – Application Deadline for Spring Semester 2016 August 18, 2016 – Fall Semester Orientation [-]

LL.M. in Human Rights and Social Justice

Campus Full time 2 - 3 semesters August 2017 USA Hartford

The new LL.M. in Human Rights and Social Justice at UConn School of Law will offer students with a prior law degree a unique opportunity to pursue a course of study that integrates the international and domestic dimensions of social justice lawyering. [+]

The new LL.M. in Human Rights and Social Justice at UConn School of Law will offer students with a prior law degree a unique opportunity to pursue a course of study that integrates the international and domestic dimensions of social justice lawyering. In keeping with the growing trend in the business, non-profit and public policy worlds to blend international and domestic human rights, the program will provide students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the international human rights and U.S. civil rights movements. Graduates will gain the specialized credentials and skills needed in the global business environment, for social policy work, and to meet the pressing need for access to justice for the poor and middle class in America and worldwide. The flexible program, built on the extensive expertise of the UConn Law faculty, will provide a rigorous and cohesive grounding in the norms and methods of the human rights and civil rights movements. Students will also have the opportunity to take courses through the Human Rights Institute, a leading center of innovation in interdisciplinary human rights research and teaching, on the university's main campus in Storrs. UConn School of Law is in the residential West End of Hartford, Connecticut, on a lovely Gothic-style campus that is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Cultural and recreational opportunities abound in the area, which is just two hours from New York and Boston. Degree Requirements Students enrolled in the Human Rights & Social Justice LL.M. program at UConn School of Law must: Complete a minimum of 24 credits, Complete a 2- or 3-credit writing requirement, and Maintain a C+ grade point average. International students enrolled in the LL.M. program on a visa can complete the program in two or (with permission) three consecutive semesters of full-time study beginning in the fall term in late August or in the spring term in mid-January. U.S. students can enroll either full-time or part-time with the expectation that they will graduate within five years. The Law School courses preapproved for the LL.M. are listed below. Students may also petition for the inclusion of other courses, subject to the approval of the Director. All courses are open to LL.M. candidates as well as J.D. candidates, and only a few courses have prerequisites. LL.M. students can participate in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic and are allowed to take up to 6 credits of graduate courses offered on the Certificate in Human Rights at the Storrs and Greater Hartford campuses. At registration, each student formulates a curricular plan of study to be approved by the director of the LL.M. program. 7838 Advanced Constitutional Law: Individual Rights 7810 American Indian Law 7850 Capital Punishment 7885 Children and the Law 7831 Comparative Constitutional Law 7825 Consumer Protection Law and Debt Collection 7645 Criminal Procedure 7696 Crisis in American Labor Law 7767 Critical Identity Theory 7909 Domestic Violence Law in Practice 7901 Elder Law 7655 Employment Discrimination Law 7587 Ethics of Public Health 7653 European Human Rights 7657 Family Law 7592 Health and Human Rights 7883 Human Rights and Post Conflict Justice 7609 Asylum & Human Rights Clinic 7672 Immigration Law 7878 International Human Rights 7879 International Humanitarian Law 7679 International Law 7766 Labor Law: Organizing and Collective Bargaining 7872 Latin American Law 7893 Law and Global Health 7697 Law and Public Education 7593 Law and Public Health 7927 Law and the Welfare State 7900 Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities 7763 Mental Health Law 7759 The Nuremburg Trials 7814 Refugee Law 7925 Sexuality, Gender and the Law 7671 Tax Exempt Organizations 7820 Tribal Justice Systems 7815 Workers’ Rights in a Global Economy How to Apply Applications are considered on a rolling basis. International student applications should generally be received by June 15 for fall enrollment, or November 15 for spring enrollment. Applications received before these dates will be given priority consideration. Admissions decisions will generally be made within several weeks of receipt of a completed application. The admissions committee considers the applicant’s academic performance, intellectual curiosity and professional experience. Admission is selective and limited to those who demonstrate academic excellence. Eligibility to Apply Applicants are required to hold or expect to receive a degree from an ABA-approved law school or from a recognized law faculty outside the United States before matriculating in the LL.M. program at UConn School of Law and must also meet the school’s English fluency standards. There are a few exceptions to the degree requirements that create additional flexibility in admissions. Students who are enrolled in a first degree in law that is a five-year program may apply to the LL.M. program while in the fourth or fifth year of the first degree. Students who are enrolled in an integrated masters and Ph.D. program in law may apply to the LL.M. program when all their coursework is complete. Finally, students in a four-year first degree in law program may apply for admission in their fourth year with permission of their home institutions. The UConn School of Law LL.M. degree would be awarded after confirmation that the home institution awarded the student a first degree in law. Important Dates June 15, 2016 – Application Deadline for Fall Semester 2016 November 1, 2016 – Application Deadline for Spring Semester 2016 August 18, 2016 – Fall Semester Orientation [-]

LL.M. in Insurance Law

Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2017 USA Hartford

Our Insurance Law LL.M. program is the top destination for lawyers and students from the U.S. and around the world who seek serious graduate training in insurance and financial services law. [+]

Our Insurance Law LL.M. program is the top destination for lawyers and students from the U.S. and around the world who seek serious graduate training in insurance and financial services law. Thanks to our location in historic Hartford, Connecticut -- the famed INSURANCE CAPITAL and headquarters to some of the largest global insurance companies -- our students study with the most sophisticated insurance law experts in the country. New York City and Boston are just two hours away and Fairfield County, Connecticut, the hedge fund capital of the U.S., is even closer. Who is Eligible Applicants to our Insurance Law LL.M. program should have: (1) a J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school, or (2) a law degree from a faculty outside the United States. We will also consider applications from individuals holding an advanced degree in a related field. International applicants must also meet the English proficiency requirements described further down on this page. Lawyers with J.D. degrees from accredited U.S. law schools who are not within commuting distance of Hartford, Connecticut, may also apply to the LL.M. program as distance learners, which allows them to enroll and complete the program without having to travel to the Law School for courses. International students are not eligible to participate as distance learning students and must attend classes on campus. Expenses Our LL.M. students pay program fees based on the number of credit hours they take each semester. You need 24 credit hours to complete the LL.M. degree. For the 2015-16 academic year the program fees are $1,226 per credit hour. In addition, the University charges several other fees. If you are enrolled full time and registered for 24 credit hours over two semesters, your total fees will be $30,280 in 2015-2016. Important Dates June 15, 2016 – Application Deadline for Fall Semester 2016 November 1, 2016 – Application Deadline for Spring Semester 2016 August 18, 2016 – Fall Semester Orientation [-]

LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 semesters September 2017 USA Hartford + 1 more

Individualized attention, integration with US law students, an extensive and flexible program of study, reasonable costs, and an outstanding faculty and location: these are just a few aspects of the LL.M. Program in U.S. Legal Studies that foreign law graduates can expect from the UConn Law. [+]

Individualized attention, integration with US law students, an extensive and flexible program of study, reasonable costs, and an outstanding faculty and location: these are just a few aspects of the LL.M. Program in U.S. Legal Studies that foreign law graduates can expect from the UConn Law. The U.S. Legal Studies LL.M. Program at UConn Law accepts only a small number of highly qualified foreign law graduates each year—normally a class of between (20) and (30) students. This ensures that all admitted candidates receive individualized attention from both the faculty and staff throughout their stay. Virtually all classes are taken with J.D. students and the Law School offers among the best student-faculty ratios of any law school in the United States (11:1) as well as a dedicated staff focusing specifically on the needs of international students. Choosing from the approximately 150 courses offered annually, international students can design their own program of study or, if they wish, obtain a certificate of specialization in Energy and Environmental Regulation, International Human Rights, Intellectual Property, Financial Services Regulation, or Tax Law. Our faculty includes recognized experts in all these fields, but perhaps more importantly, many of them also have significant experience teaching at law schools throughout the world, which further demonstrates the Law School’s commitment to the international law student. Flexibility and reasonable costs are hallmarks of our LL.M. program. The course of study may be pursued over two or, with permission, three semesters, and admitted students may start in either the fall (late August) or spring (January) semesters. As a state-supported institution our program fees are among the lowest of any top-tier law school in the United States. LL.M. students who obtain good grades may also apply to our J.D. program without having to take the LSAT, and if accepted, can transfer most of their LL.M. credits to their J.D. program. The Law School has also established a new S.J.D. program for a small, select group of LL.M. graduates who wish to spend several years on in-depth scholarly research and writing. UConn Law is located in Hartford, Connecticut in the historic New England region, just two hours from both New York and Boston. Hartford is the capital of the insurance industry in the United States and the Law School’s location provides access to some of the largest financial services firms in the world. Cultural and recreational activities also abound, whether in greater Hartford or further afield, including numerous museums and performing art centers. The extraordinary beauty and history of New England will be on your doorstep, including small villages, pristine beaches, and major mountain ranges, all of which are easily accessible from Hartford. The Law School itself is located in the residential West End of Hartford, on a lovely gothic-style campus that is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Important Dates June 15, 2016 – Application Deadline for Fall Semester 2016 November 1, 2016 – Application Deadline for Spring Semester 2016 August 18, 2016 – Fall Semester Orientation [-]

PhD

LL.M. to S.J.D

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Hartford

The LL.M. to S.J.D. Program is intended for individuals who have demonstrated evidence of superior scholarly potential and who are engaged in, or plan to pursue, careers in academia, government service, or the judiciary. [+]

The LLM to SJD Program is intended for individuals who have demonstrated evidence of superior scholarly potential and who are engaged in, or plan to pursue, careers in academia, government service, or the judiciary. Candidates accepted into the Program must have the ability to conduct sustained and original academic or professional research at a high intellectual level, culminating in the submission of a doctoral dissertation. With rare exceptions, we are unlikely to admit any more than one or two candidates per academic year, in order to ensure sufficient attention for the demanding task of successfully completing a doctoral dissertation. In rendering admissions decisions, preference is given to the Law School’s own LL.M. graduates, although applications from external candidates are welcome. S.J.D. candidates are expected to spend the first two academic semesters of the Program in residence at the Law School. Because all candidates will have completed an LL.M., however, there is no other required coursework apart from the S.J.D. dissertation. Admission To be eligible for admission to the LLM to SJD Program, an applicant must: - have obtained or be enrolled in a program leading to the equivalent of an advanced law degree (normally an LL.M.) from either an accredited law school within the United States or a recognized university outside of the United States, which advanced degree must be obtained prior to matriculation in the S.J.D. program meet the English Language Requirements for S.J.D. Admissions set out below; and - obtain the agreement of a UConn Law School full-time faculty member to serve as the S.J.D. dissertation adviser (please include with your application the letter or email from that person evidencing that agreement). If you are an external applicant (i.e., someone who did not receive their J.D. or LL.M. from UConn School of Law), please contact the Director of the Graduate Program for assistance in fulfilling this requirement prior to submitting your application. Applicants should take note, as well, that it is the sense of the faculty of the School of Law that any candidate admitted into the S.J.D. program should normally: - have attained an overall GPA (or its equivalent) in the course of study leading their advanced law degree (normally an LL.M.) of at least 3.3/B+ with at least one grade of A- or higher, and have also completed an LL.M. thesis (or its equivalent) attaining an “Honors” designation (or its equivalent); - or, in the alternative, have submitted evidence of outstanding professional achievement directly relating to the proposed topic of the dissertation that warrants admission in lieu of the academic standards. Such evidence must be specifically addressed in the personal statement and dissertation proposal and also reflected in LL.M. thesis (or its equivalent) that each applicant must submit as part of the application for admission into the program. English Language Requirement for S.J.D. Admissions Unless the applicant qualifies for an exemption as outlined below, any international applicant who earned his or her first law degree outside the U.S. must obtain a minimum TOEFL IBT® score of 95 or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0, in order to be considered for admission to the S.J.D. Program at the University of Connecticut School of Law. However, if the applicant meets this required minimum but does not attain a score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL IBT® or 7.5 or higher on the IELTS, the applicant must further substantiate proficiency in English through additional evidence of English language skills. This substantiation must include, but is not limited to, a strong S.J.D. proposal in conjunction with an interview with an Admissions representative, conducted in-person, by phone, or online (using Skype or similar service). Tuition and Fees S.J.D. candidates are expected to spend the first two academic semesters of the Program in residence at the Law School, registered for “LAW7974 SJD Dissertation.” For each semester thereafter, until the completion of the Program, the candidate need not be in residence but must be registered for “LAW7976 SJD Continuous Registration.” Important Dates June 15, 2016 – Application Deadline for Fall Semester 2016 November 1, 2016 – Application Deadline for Spring Semester 2016 August 18, 2016 – Fall Semester Orientation [-]

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