University of Connecticut School of Law

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University of Connecticut
School of Law
A photograph of William F. Starr Hall at UConn School of Law.
William F. Starr Hall.
Type Public
Established 1921
Endowment $52 million
Dean Timothy S. Fisher[1]
Academic staff
Postgraduates 621
Location Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Campus Urban
Parent Endowment $254.7 million

The University of Connecticut School of Law (commonly known as UConn Law) is the only public law school in Connecticut and one of only four[2][3][4] in New England. The school was recently ranked 54th[5] overall, and 50th[6] by academic peer reputation, out of the 203[7] American Bar Association-accredited law schools in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, while the evening program was recently ranked 5th in the country.[8] The law school is located in Hartford, Connecticut. Considered a Public Ivy, the main campus of the University of Connecticut is located in Storrs and is considered one of the leading research universities in the United States.[9]

According to University of Connecticut's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 41.2% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.[10]


Founded in 1921, the Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association, and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its gothic-style buildings, constructed in 1925 (except for the new library, which was completed in 1996), housed the Hartford Seminary until 1981, and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[11] UConn Law has repeatedly been ranked the top public law school in New England by U.S. News and World Report,[12][13] and the University of Connecticut is also ranked among the top 20 public research universities nationally.[14]


In addition to the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, the law school offers several joint degrees, including the J.D./LL.M. (Juris Doctor/Master of Laws, Insurance Law), J.D./M.B.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration), J.D./M.L.S. (Juris Doctor/Master of Library Science), J.D./M.P.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Public Affairs Administration), J.D./M.P.H. (Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health), and J.D./M.S.W. (Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work). UConn Law offers the only LL.M in insurance law in the United States.[15] The faculty are known particularly for their strength in insurance law and intellectual property law.[16]

The law school has approximately 620 students and a student:faculty ratio of 11:1. Entering first-year students join small discussion-based courses of only 20-30 students. Students may pursue concentrations in corporate law, criminal law, environmental law, family law, intellectual property law, international law, juvenile law, labor law, litigation, tax law, torts and insurance, legal theory, information technology law, property and land, child advocacy, and policy.

In addition, clinics provide hands-on, practical training to upper-level students who earn up to 10 credits for their work; strong and widely recognized asylum and human rights, criminal law, appellate, child advocacy, immigration, intellectual property, and tax clinics are available. Seminars in a multitude of different substantive areas are available to upper-level students for about 3 credits. Internships, and field work are available to upper-level students. Research positions are open to upper-level students under the direction of a faculty adviser.


The Law Library contains 645,754 hard-copy volumes and 222,856 microform volume equivalents, and subscribes to 5,704 serial publications. The facility, 120,000-square-foot (11,000 m2), is one of the largest law libraries in the country. There are 400 individual study carrels, 14 study rooms, computer laboratories, a rare book and manuscript center, a student lounge, periodical reading rooms and more than 70,000 feet (21,000 m) of shelving. Collections include federal and state statutes as well as judicial opinions, treatises and other primary sources. There are substantial collections of international legal materials, U.S. government publications, and insurance law materials. The library recently underwent a $21 million renovation, and reopened in June 2009.[17] Recently, the library was named as one of "The 50 Most Amazing University Libraries in the World."[18]

The Law Library works closely with the University of Connecticut Libraries, which form the largest public research collection in the state of Connecticut. The main library is the Homer D. Babbidge Library, formerly the Nathan Hale Library, at the Storrs campus, which underwent a $3 million renovation that was completed in 1998, making it then the largest public research library in New England.[19] The Storrs campus is also home to the university's Music and Pharmacy libraries, as well as the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, home to the university's archives and special collections, including university records, rare books, and manuscript collections. Each of the regional campuses also have their own libraries, including the Jeremy Richard Library at UConn-Stamford and the Trecker Library in West Hartford. These libraries are tied into the Babbidge library through a shared catalogue.

The Babbidge-based collection, which places UConn among the top 30 universities in the nation for both library holdings and funding, contains more than 2.5 million print volumes; approximately 2,500 current print periodicals; more than 35,000 unique electronic journals available through the eJournal locator; 2.8 million units of microform; 180,000 maps at the Map and Geographic Information Center (New England's largest public map collection); thousands of electronic books; and an array of free electronic information sources. The UCL also license approximately 265 electronic search databases,[20] many of which contain the full-text of research journals, monographs, and historic documents. Additionally, UConn is the home of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, which is the world's most comprehensive survey and public opinion data library.[21]

Law Journals and Publications[edit]

There are four scholarly journals edited on campus: the Connecticut Law Review, the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, and the Connecticut Journal of International Law. The Connecticut Law Review is the oldest, largest, and most active student-run publication at the School of Law. Five times per year, the organization publishes a high quality journal of interest to the general legal community. The journal has a circulation that spans all 50 states as well as 19 foreign countries. Members of Connecticut Law Review are responsible for the entire production process from article selection and editing through the layout of the final copy.


According to University of Connecticut's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 41.2% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.[10] University of Connecticut's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 23.5%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[22]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at University of Connecticut School of Law:

Juris Doctorate:

  • In State = $45,444
  • Northeast Compact = $65,752
  • Out of State = $75, 362

After one year of residency, students are able to apply for in-state tuition to help reduce costs of tuition.

Master of Laws:

  • Insurance Law = $50, 128
  • U.S. Legal Studies = $48, 424
  • Human Rights and Social Justice = $48, 424
  • Energy and Environmental Law = $48, 424

Doctor of Law = $34, 512

Tuition costs for Master of Laws and Doctor of Law programs is for all students (in state, northeast compact, and out of state).[23]

The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is at maximum $226, 086 for out-of-state residents, but there is the opportunity to apply for in-state tuition after one year of residency in Connecticut, so this cost is dramatically reduced to $166, 250.


Sara Bronin
Peter Lindseth, Olimpiad S. Ioffe Professor of International and Comparative Law


Deans of the School of Law[edit]

  1. 1921—1933 George Lilliard[43]
  2. 1932—1933 Farrell Knapp[43]
  3. 1933—1934 Thomas A. Larremore[44]
  4. 1934—1942 Edward Graham Biard[44]
  5. 1942—1946 Laurence J. Ackerman[45]
  6. 1946—1966 Bert Earl Hopkins, J.S.D.[46]
  7. 1966—1967 Cornelius J. Scanlon[47] (interim)
  8. 1967—1972 Howard R. Sacks[48]
  9. 1972—1974 Francis C. Cady[49] (interim)
  10. 1974—1984 Phillip I. Blumberg[50]
  11. 1984—1990 George Schatzki[51]
  12. 1990—2000 Hugh C. MacGill[52]
  13. 2000—2006 Nell Jessup Newton[53]
  14. 2006—2007 Kurt A. Strasser[54] (interim)
  15. 2007—2012 Jeremy R. Paul[55]
  16. 2012—2013 Willajeanne F. McLean[56] (interim)
  17. 2013— Timothy S. Fisher[57]


Class of 2012 profile[58]

  • Applications: 3,295
  • Acceptance Rate: 17%
  • First Year Students Enrolled: 187
  • Total J.D. Students Enrolled: 671
  • Women: 43%
  • Minorities: 21%
  • Median LSAT: 161
  • Median GPA: 3.38
  • Day Division 25th-75th percentiles LSAT: 158/163
  • Day Division 25th-75th percentiles GPA: 3.20/3.59
  • Average Age: 26


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Coordinates: 41°46′23″N 72°42′27″W / 41.7731°N 72.7076°W / 41.7731; -72.7076