Constance Chien is from Westport, Connecticut. She studied literature at Wellesley College and history at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris.
1. What made you want to attend law school?
I completed a master's degree in history, but for various reasons, I was uncertain about becoming an academic. I had previously worked as a paralegal and enjoyed the work. I spent a lot of time visiting clients in prison and reviewing and drafting documents. I decided that law was an ideal combination of writing, research, and critical reasoning. And as the law touches everyone's lives in concrete ways, it is a career that will allow me to implicate myself in a tangible way in a community.
2. Why did you choose UConn School of Law?
I had spent a number of years abroad and I wanted to return to the Northeast. UConn Law's public focus and affordability certainly were important factors in making my decision.
3. How do you want to use your law degree?
I am looking forward to figuring this out over the next few years, but at the moment, I hope to work in state and local government.
4. What is the most challenging aspect of starting law school in this difficult time?
Community is important in any academic context, and I think it will be interesting to see how we will adapt and find ways to form community despite not having the benefit of physical proximity.
5. What’s your favorite lawyer movie, TV show, or book?
I really love "Certain Women" (2016) directed by Kelly Reichardt.