UConn offers sixteen clinical programs in which students earn academic credit by representing actual clients and doing other real legal work under the supervision of faculty members and other lawyers. These programs cover a broad range of practice areas including: asylum and human rights; children's advocacy; criminal prosecution and defense; energy and environmental law; intellectual property (patents and trademarks); mediation; nonprofit and municipal law; poverty law; and tax. Other clinics offer students placements in clerkships with state and federal judges, legislators and legislative staff, and administrative agencies.
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.
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.