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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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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... [-]

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