The curriculum at the University of Connecticut School of Law is varied and diverse, yet some students choose to focus their legal passion in a particular area of law.  For those students certificate programs have been developed.    These legal “majors” provide students a framework under which to design their curriculum.  Each certificate program offer students an opportunity to work closely with faculty in that department and form relationships with members of that legal community.  In some cases, the opportunity for academic exploration with other departments of the University is available creating an interdisciplinary course of study.  The curriculum of each program varies, but essentially is the combination of strong foundational courses, specialized seminars, intensive research, and practical experience within a particular area of law.  Credit requirements will vary as will application procedures.

Certificate in Energy and Environmental Law

The Certificate in Energy & Environmental Law represents a unique opportunity for students at the University of Connecticut School of Law to focus their studies in these two vibrant and increasingly intertwined fields.  Through the Center for Energy and Environmental Law (CEEL) students have access to rich educational experiences including unparalleled classroom learning—in courses ranging from International Environmental Law to Land Use, Energy Law to Climate Law, and Renewable Energy and Green Building to Natural Resources Law.  Students may also engage in clinical training or externships with federal agencies or nationally-recognized nonprofit organizations through the Semester in DC program, individual externships supervised by a CEEL faculty member, and a special externship program with the State of Connecticut’s executive, legislative, and judicial branches.Read more about the Energy & Environmental Law Certificate »

Certificate in Human Rights

The Graduate Certificate in Human Rights draws upon the academic strengths of the University of Connecticut's School of Law and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to introduce students to the key modern debates in this interdisciplinary field of study. The program provides a historical, literary and philosophical perspective for thinking broadly about modern human rights; an understanding of social science research on rights, conflict and governance; as well as expertise in the international conventions, treaties and case law from international courts (such as the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia). The courses encourage students to think critically about the strengths and limitations of the human rights framework and how they might develop an active and original research agenda in this growing field of interdisciplinary inquiry.Read more about the Human Rights Certificate »

The Program in Intellectual Property at the University of Connecticut School of Law prepares students to participate in the new information economy. It draws upon the strength of the School of Law as the leading public law school in the Northeast United States; the school's commitment to international law, financial services and insurance law; and New England's and Connecticut's significant place in the new economy. Participants in the Intellectual Property Program will be exposed to a broad curriculum of courses-from classes on copyright, trademark, and patent law to specialized seminars, including those in art law, cyberlaw, and European Union intellectual property law.Read more about the Intellectual Property Certificate »

The Program in Law and Public Policy joins the best the School of Law and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer in the field of public policy and management.  Starting from the basic course in Administrative Law, Law and Public Policy Certificate students may then progress to problem-oriented courses in the Department of Public Policy which develop the skills needed to collect and analyze information, plan, choose among policy alternatives, implement programs and manage change.  Course taken at the School of Law give students a better understanding of the country’s public institutions and of the legal framework in which they function.Read more about the Law & Public Policy Certificate »

The Program in Tax Studies at the University of Connecticut School of Law provides students with the understanding of the tax laws at the international, federal, state, and local levels – from the very basic to the more intricate. It is often said that one of the things that all can count on is taxes.  In the practice of law, this is especially true.  Tax law courses are relevant for law students who look for future careers in corporate and family law as well as government employment.  Practically every business, financial, and organizational decision has tax consequences.  Whether as part of the highly successful Tax Clinic or an extern at the Internal Revenue Service, or working with a member of the tax faculty on specialized research, students in the tax certificate program have prepared themselves for legal employment in varied fields.Read more about the Tax Studies Certificate »