University of Connecticut School of Law

The University of Connecticut School of Law (UConn Law) is a public law school associated with the University of Connecticut and located in Hartford, Connecticut. It is the only public law school in Connecticut and one of only four[3][4][5] in New England. The school was ranked 58th overall[6] in the 2022 Best Law Schools ranking by U.S. News & World Report. The law school has 488 JD students[7] and a student:faculty ratio of 5:1.[8]


Founded in 1921 as the Hartford College of Law, the law school is accredited by the American Bar Association, and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. In 1948 it affiliated with the University of Connecticut, now ranked among the top 25 public research universities nationally.[9] The law school's Collegiate Gothic-style buildings were constructed in 1925, with the exception of the Thomas J. Meskill Law Library, which was completed in 1996. The campus housed the Hartford Seminary until 1981 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[10]


In addition to the Juris Doctor (JD) degree, the law school offers several joint degrees, combining a Juris Doctor degree with a Master of Laws, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Affairs Administration, Master of Public Health, or Master of Social Work. UConn Law offers LLM degrees in Energy and Environmental Law, Human Rights and Social Justice, U.S. Legal Studies and Insurance Law—the only LLM program in insurance law in the United States.[11] UConn Law also offers the SJD (Doctor of the Science of Laws) degree and a professional certificate in corporate and regulatory compliance.

JD and LLM candidates may pursue certificates in Corporate and Regulatory Compliance, Energy and Environmental Law, Human Rights, Intellectual Property, and Tax Studies. JD candidates may also earn certificates in Insurance Law and Regulation, Law and Public Policy, and Transactional Practice. LLM candidates may also pursue a certificate in Financial Services or one of four Foundational Certificates in U.S. Law.[12]

In addition, UConn Law offers 19 clinics and field placement programs that provide hands-on, practical training to upper-level students who earn up to 10 credits for their work. These clinics include Animal Law, Asylum and Human Rights, Energy and Environmental Law, Children's Advocacy, Criminal, Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law, Mediation, U.S. Attorney's, and Tax clinics.[12] 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 120,000-square-foot (11,000 m2) Thomas J. Meskill Law Library is one of the largest law libraries in the country and houses the most comprehensive collection of insurance materials in the country.[13] The Law Library has access to hundreds of electronic databases, including Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg. It has five classrooms, 12 group study rooms, an adaptive technology study room, a meditation room, a café, two student lounges, and 285 study carrels, with total seating for 964. 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 at the Storrs campus.[14]

Law Journals and Publications[edit]

UConn Law students produce four scholarly journals: 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.[15]


According to the University of Connecticut's official 2020 ABA-required Standard 509 Information Report, the University offered admission to 45.11 percent of JD applicants. For the 2020 first-year class, the University of Connecticut School of Law received 1,206 completed applications and offered admission to 544 applicants, of which 165 enrolled.[16]

LSAT All Full Time Part Time
75th Percentile 160 160 160
50th Percentile 158 158 158
25th Percentile 156 155 156
UPGA All Full Time Part Time
75th Percentile 3.68 3.69 3.58
50th Percentile 3.53 3.55 3.50
25th Percentile 3.34 3.37 3.18


UConn Law's two-year bar passage rate was 91.61 percent for the Class of 2017.[17]

Ten months after graduation, 90.4 percent of the Class of 2019 was employed.[18] University of Connecticut's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 11.3%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2016 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[19]


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: $51,210
  • NE Compact: $72,642
  • Out-of-State: $82,252[20]

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: $52,680
  • US Legal Studies: $50,016
  • Human Rights and Social Justice: $50,016
  • Energy and Environmental Law: $50,016

Doctor of the Science of Laws:

  • In-State: $30,768
  • NE Compact: $37,338
  • Out-of-State: $39,132

Tuition costs for Master of Laws programs is for all students (in state, northeast compact, and out of state).[21]

The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is at maximum $227,991 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 $122,016.[22]


13 members of the full-time faculty hold doctoral degrees. Notable faculty members include:

  • Loftus Becker, Professor Emeritus
  • Sara Bronin, Thomas F. Gallivan Chair in Real Property Law and Faculty Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law
  • Timothy Fisher, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law
  • James Kwak, Professor of Law
  • Peter Lindseth, Olimpiad S. Ioffe Professor of International and Comparative Law
  • Steven Wilf, Anthony J. Smits Professor of Global Commerce

Notable alumni[edit]

Deans of the School of Law[edit]

  1. 1921—1933 George Lilliard[51]
  2. 1932—1933 Farrell Knapp[51]
  3. 1933—1934 Thomas A. Larremore[52]
  4. 1934—1942 Edward Graham Biard[52]
  5. 1942—1946 Laurence J. Ackerman[53]
  6. 1946—1966 Bert Earl Hopkins, J.S.D.[54]
  7. 1966—1967 Cornelius J. Scanlon[55] (interim)
  8. 1967—1972 Howard R. Sacks[56]
  9. 1972—1974 Francis C. Cady[57] (interim)
  10. 1974—1984 Phillip I. Blumberg[58]
  11. 1984—1990 George Schatzki[59]
  12. 1990—2000 Hugh C. MacGill[60]
  13. 2000—2006 Nell Jessup Newton[61]
  14. 2006—2007 Kurt A. Strasser[62] (interim)
  15. 2007—2012 Jeremy R. Paul[63]
  16. 2012—2013 Willajeanne F. McLean[64] (interim)
  17. 2013—2020 Timothy Fisher[65]
  18. 2020— Eboni Nelson[66]


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