UConn offers 15 clinics and field placement courses in which students earn academic credit by representing actual clients and doing other legal work under the supervision of faculty members and/or other lawyers. Clinics cover a broad range of practice areas including: asylum and human rights; child advocacy; civil rights enforcement; criminal prosecution and defense; elder law; energy and environmental law; intellectual property (patents and trademarks); mediation; nonprofit and municipal law; and tax. Field placement courses offer students opportunities to extern at non-profit legal services, advocacy and public policy organizations; government offices and agencies; private law firms; corporate in-house legal departments; prosecutors’ and criminal defenders’ offices; federal and state judicial chambers, and adjudication divisions of 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.
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 assist in the investigation and litigation of civil rights cases in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, under the supervision of Assistant United States Attorneys and alongside experienced investigators and paralegals.
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 Individual Field Placements, 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.