The Law School provides a broad range of experiential learning opportunities in which students can integrate practical experience with theory learned in the classroom. These programs enable students to develop crucial lawyering skills, deepen their understanding of how the law and legal institutions operate on the ground, and explore possible career options.
The Lawyering Process Program allows every student to learn and practice key lawyering skills within their first year of law school. Adjunct faculty serve to observe students during the program and provide individual feedback. Upperclass students can choose from among a wide range of in-house clinical programs and externship clinics. Students in clinics engage in real legal practice while receiving extensive training and individualized supervision and feedback.
In the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, law students handle every aspect of representation in high-stakes cases that determine whether a client who has fled political, religious or other persecution in his or her home country will be granted asylum in the United States.
Through the Center for Energy and Environmental Law, students at the UConn School of Law have access to rich educational experiences in the growing fields of energy and environmental law.
The Center provides legal representation for children who have been abused or neglected. Attorneys also advocate for better education and healthcare for the children they represent.
Students can participate in a legislative clerkship where they will be assigned to a legislative individual or group, or an administrative clerkship in which students are assigned to a designated administrative agency.
With the assistance of law students, CULI has provided a unique service learning opportunity for law students and critical legal assistance for the nonprofit sector.
The Criminal Clinics aim to develop a student's professional and technical competence so that he or she can practice at the highest standards of criminal defense lawyering. Our clients' cases present student attorneys with myriad legal, social, economic and political issues common in the practice of criminal law.
The Energy and Environmental Law Practice Clinic focuses on developing students' lawyering skills, judgment and professional responsibility, as well as deepening their understanding of environmental law and practice.
Students will work directly with Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE) attorneys on matters pending before administrative agencies, courts and the legislature. Clinical assignments will be performed at CFE's office in New Haven, CT.
The Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic provides students with a unique opportunity to counsel Connecticut's innovators on an extensive range of intellectual property and business related law issues.
The Mediation Clinic is a four credit, one semester program in which students undergo intensive training in mediation and conflict resolution techniques.
Students in this clinic will be placed with Connecticut legal services programs where, under attorney supervision, they will work cases on behalf of low-income persons.
The Semester in DC Program places selected UConn Law students in federal agencies, legislative offices, or national-level public interest organizations as legal interns for a semester of service.
The Tax Clinic is a pro bono legal clinic that gives legal assistance to low income taxpayers with either IRS or DRS issues. The clinic also works with attorneys in Connecticut who volunteer to help low income taxpayers.
Students in this clinic will intern with state prosecutors and will be certified to appear in court, where they may argue motions, and examine witnesses.
With the Individual Externship Program, students who have completed their first year of study have an opportunity for experiential learning that is tailored to the student's own educational and career goals.