Karl Llewellyn famously noted that anyone could be clear and concise by seeking “the simple via the shallow.” The real trick, he urged, was achieving ”the simple via the deep.” Striving for Llewellyn’s target, our Law School has collected some of the world’s most dedicated and insightful scholars who understand that law touches almost every aspect of our lives. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the faculty embraces interdisciplinary training as crucial to finding creative legal solutions to contemporary problems. Many faculty members have advanced degrees or substantial graduate training in other fields, including the traditional disciplines found in leading law schools—philosophy, history, and economics—but also literature, linguistics, anthropology, psychoanalysis, and architecture.
We are also home to a striking number of professors who study law inside and outside the United States, including leading scholars on Latin American Law, European Human Rights, European Administrative Law, International War Crimes, International Tax, Comparative Intellectual Property Law, Multinational Corporations and the Global Environment. And we are a national leader in experiential learning, led by thoughtful clinicians committed to providing students the chance to prepare, perform and reflect upon a significant legal experience. Our mix of practice expertise and commitment to shaping interdisciplinary legal and policy debates constitutes the defining feature of Connecticut’s faculty—what we call practical wisdom.
Willajeanne F. McLean, Interim Dean