Clinical Opportunities

Academics / Curriculum

UConn Law’s academic offerings are plentiful and span a wide range of legal and intellectual interests, which mirrors our diverse student population: 

  • In fall 2018 alone, we offered 98 courses. Our course offerings include Space Law, Critical Race Theory, Mental Health Law, Law and Forensic Science, and much more.
  • Beyond the foundational courses taught during the first year of law school, UConn Law does not impose a large number of upper-level requirements, which grants our students the flexibility to craft their own JD experience and explore various topics of interest.
  • An array of certificates, dual degrees and study abroad programs allow students to further customize their legal education and expand their professional opportunities.

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So the law school has a series of academic centers as well as just a big line of course offerings that reflect the interests of the faculty. Students can take everything from courses that are based in exactly what you would expect, but a lot of us go out into areas that we specialize in. We have courses on land use renewable energy law courses. We have clinics that bring you into asylum clinics where you're working with real people and their interests. So there's a big breath of what we have.

UConn helped me prepare for my career in that gave me a foundation for understanding legal principles that it's very helpful in what I do day to day. When it came to course selection, my preparation for selecting classes involved collaborating with my classmates, some being upperclassmen, some being in my class. The great thing about UConn is that there is such a great atmosphere with the students and the professors that it's very easy to talk to anyone and discuss what you want to do with your career and what you want to do with your schedule or your class schedule. And everyone comes with a wealth of knowledge when it comes to both.

So I think one of the strengths of the law school is our externship programs, our field placement programs. We have a system that manifests in a couple of different ways where students can, for credit for their semester, actually be placed as practicing attorneys in law firms, in the attorney general's office. It's a way to be prepared for practice that's outside of the classroom, and I think it's a real strength to the law school.

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