Courses and Curriculum

The UConn School of Law offers a wide selection of courses across an array of legal disciplines, allowing students to follow their interests and prepare to practice in their chosen fields.

Students are encouraged to browse the course offerings through their Student Administration (PeopleSoft) account to review course details such as grading options, exam dates and requirement satisfaction. Further guidance for current students about academic offerings can be found in the student portal.

First-Year JD Curriculum

Three-Year Day Division

Fall Term Civil Procedure
Contracts
Legal Practice: Research & Writing
Torts
Criminal Law
Winter Term Legal Practice: Negotiation
Spring Term Constitutional Law
Legal Practice: Interviewing, Counseling & Advocacy
Property
Statutory / Regulatory Elective

Four-Year Evening Division

Fall Term Civil Procedure I
Legal Practice: Research & Writing
Torts
Contracts I
Spring Term Civil Procedure II
Legal Practice: Interviewing, Counseling & Advocacy
Contracts II
Criminal Law
June Term Legal Practice: Negotiation
Fall Term, Second Year Property I
Statutory / Regulatory Elective
Constitutional Law I
Spring Term, Second Year Constitutional Law II
Property II

Upper Division JD Curriculum

After completing the first-year curriculum, JD students in subsequent years must meet three additional requirements:

  • Complete the Legal Profession course, which focuses on devoted to the issues of professional responsibility and legal ethics.
  • Satisfy the writing requirement by completing a scholarly paper under faculty supervision, usually in connection with a seminar course, an independent research project or an article for a UConn Law legal journal.
  • Satisfy the practice-based legal requirement through a clinic, field placement or practicum course.

With few requirements after the first year of study, UConn Law students have the flexibility to tailor their course choices to their interests.

Degree Requirements

To earn a JD degree at the UConn School of Law, students must earn a minimum number of credits, achieve or exceed a minimum grade point average, complete a set of required courses, fulfill an upper-class writing requirement, and complete a practice-based learning requirement.

Degree Requirements

Learning Outcomes

In keeping with American Bar Association standards, successful completion of the JD Program at the University of Connecticut School of Law provides graduates with competence in "the knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law; legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the legal context; exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system; and other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession."

Learning Outcomes