- Why study at the University of Connecticut School of Law?
- What are classes like at the Law School?
- What can you tell me about the faculty?
- What can I expect when I first arrive?
- What's life like in Hartford?
- Do I need to take the Law School Admission Test?
- After completing my LL.M. degree can I transfer into the J.D. Program?
- Can I begin my academic year in the spring term?
- International Student Handbook 2012-13
- Other Questions?
Why study at the University of Connecticut School of Law?
The University of Connecticut is a highly selective U.S. law school and one of the leading law schools in New England in both United States and international law. The Law School's small size, with less than 700 J.D. and 20 LL.M. candidates ensures individualized attention and support. Frequent lectures, international visitors, conferences, social events, outings, numerous student professional, social and political organizations, and three well-regarded student-edited scholarly law journals add to the vitality of the law school experience.
What are classes like at the Law School?
Virtually all classes are open to LL.M. candidates as well as U.S. law students. Classes at the Law School are quite small in comparison to most other law schools. The student to faculty ratio averages 12:1. No class exceeds 74 students, and most classes are substantially smaller.
What can you tell me about the faculty?
Our previous LL.M. students report that their biggest advantage at the law school has been the easy access to faculty members. Either through their work with a thesis advisor or during after-class discussions, LL.M. students found that faculty members would willingly take time to offer research suggestions or seek comparative information about their own specialty. Most of the instruction in the Law School is provided by a full-time faculty of 40 professors, selected on the basis of their outstanding teaching and scholarship as well as their experience in the law, government and business. About two-thirds have other graduate degrees in addition to their LL.B. or J.D. degree, while more than one-fifth have strong backgrounds in international and comparative legal studies. Many have studied and taught abroad. Among the faculty are some of the leading legal scholars in the fields of business law, international law, comparative law, jurisprudence, and insurance.
What can I expect when I first arrive?
The Office of International Graduate Studies provides information and assistance for all LL.M. candidates. The Office helps create a climate of support and encouragement for both your academic and personal concerns. We know that for many of you this is your first time in the United States. There is a three day orientation program scheduled the week before classes begin, where you will learn more about your new home, academic life, and U.S. legal education. You will also have an opportunity to tour the University's main campus in Storrs, Connecticut and meet other international students.
What's life like in Hartford?
Located on a beautiful, collegiate, gothic campus in a pleasant neighborhood of Connecticut's capital city, the Law School is within two hours of New York, Boston, New Haven, Providence, mountains, seashore and great winter skiing. The Hartford area contains riches out of proportion to its size in cultural, recreational and educational resources. The Wadsworth Athenaeum, the oldest public art museum in the United States, has collections and exhibits of international importance. The Hartford Symphony, an unusually vigorous and ambitious orchestra, performs regularly at Bushnell Memorial Hall, as does the Connecticut Opera Company and principal orchestras and ensembles from around the world. The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford offers an opera series, concerts by the Miami String Quartet, and regular recitals. The region is especially strong in live theater. The Hartford Stage Company and the Long Wharf Theater and Yale Rep in New Haven are among the most distinguished regional theaters in the United States. The University of Connecticut's main campus at Storrs is only 30 minutes away, and through the School of Fine Arts offers numerous theatrical and musical performances, as well as attracting performing artists from throughout the world. Hartford is engaged in a massive building project along its riverfront, and a new convention center, hotels and shopping and entertainment district will open shortly.
Do I have to take the Law School Admission Test?
No, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is only required for applicants to J.D. programs. Applicants for the LL.M. degree do not need to take this exam.
After completing my LL.M. degree can I transfer into the J.D. program?http://www.law.uconn.edu/llm-program-us-legal-studies/transferring-jd-program
Can I begin my academic year in the spring term?
Yes, you can start the program in spring as well.
The Office of International Programs maintains a Student Handbook with information on various services.
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