Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
What are the basic requirements to apply?

To apply to the Law School, you must be a graduate of an accredited college or university by the time of enrollment, must have taken the LSAT within the past five years, and need to file our online application within the deadlines and in the manner described in the instructions.

How do I apply for financial assistance?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a FAFSA at the time they submit their application for admission. The code for the UConn School of Law is E00387 (Student Finance Office).

What are the deadlines for admission?

Applications become available in early September of the year prior to enrollment, and this year's application must be filed no later than April 30, 2018.

How can I get an application?

Applications are available online. All applications must be filed electronically. If you require reasonable accommodation for a disability to file an application, please contact the office of admissions at 860-570-5100.

Do I have to take the LSAT?

All applicants must take the LSAT within five years of making the application. The test may be taken no later than February of the year of enrollment.

Can I start in the winter or summer?

The Law School enrolls one class a year, with classes starting in late August.

Can I attend law school online?

While enrolled there may be chances to take an online course, however, the degree may not be received by online courses. The vast majority of our J.D. courses are only available in person rather than online.

Is there a part-time program?

We have a robust part-time program in the evening. The application procedure has the same requirements as the full-time program.

Can I meet a law school representative off-campus?

During the fall of each year, members of the Law School admissions staff, faculty, or graduates attend dozens of law school fairs and events. The Law School also regularly sends representatives to most LSAC-sponsored Law Forums in major cities in the U.S.

Do you admit transfer students and visiting students?

Yes, to the extent that space is available, the Law School admits well-qualified transfer students and visitors from other law schools. The deadline for application for fall enrollment is July 1 of the year in which enrollment is desired.

Is there on-campus housing?

There is no on-campus housing and all law students are responsible for securing their own living arrangements. Housing is typically abundant in the area, and much more affordable that in the larger cities to our north and south. To help with housing, admitted applicants are provided access to our housing and roommate lists.

Is there a preferred undergraduate major for admission?

No particular undergraduate major is recommended, although an applicant's academic preparation should include substantive courses emphasizing critical reasoning and writing, essential skills for the study of law.

Why do you ask character and fitness questions?

Every effort is made to admit students of high moral character to the Law School. To this end, the school reserves the right to question an applicant and resort to other sources to obtain information concerning the applicant's prior record and conduct, insofar as it may be indicative of the character of the applicant. Any information so obtained may be used as a factor, along with academic records and other pertinent matters, in making decisions about admission to the school.

In accordance with Section 504(a) of the American Bar Association's Standards for Approval of Law Schools, all applicants to the Law School should understand that there are character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every jurisdiction. These go well beyond taking and passing a state’s bar examination. Applicants are therefore encouraged, prior to matriculation, to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which the applicant intends to practice. Please review the highly relevant information at the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

For more information about the bar exam please visit here.

How soon are decisions sent to applicants?

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. It is our policy to send final decisions within 24 hours of the decision whenever possible. 

Do you use an index in the admissions process?

No. The Law School has never used an admissions index in the admissions process, preferring to make all decisions after individual and careful review.

Are decisions appealable?

Decisions may only be appealed if some essential factor, one that would potentially have been crucial in making an admissions decision, was not in front of the committee at the time of the decision. This might include a missing but otherwise currently available transcript, the mention of an important honor or award received prior to the decision being made, etc.

Do residents get preference for admission?

As a public institution, the school gives special consideration, though not an absolute preference, to residents of Connecticut. Residents of New England states without publicly-supported law schools also receive some preference in admissions and tuition under the terms of the New England Higher Education Compact. Residents of other states are encouraged to apply and may become Connecticut residents for educational purposes in one year. Tuition would fall to the in-state rate.

May I visit the campus?

We encourage people to visit our beautiful campus. We have student tours available by appointment. They can be booked online, or by calling 860-570-5100. For people visiting on weekends and during holidays, self-tours of open buildings are permitted, although some buildings may be closed. It is always best to check in advance.

Are there on-campus Open Houses for prospective applicants?

We hold several Open Houses each year so potential applicants may visit the campus, talk to current students, key administrators and receive information about the Law School. Notices about Open Houses and other events are sent by email to people already in our database. You can also visit the calendar to check for upcoming events.

How much does the Law School cost?

Because we are a public law school, the tuition rates differ based on residency. Our goal is affordability. It cannot be repeated frequently enough that UConn Law students graduate with an average student debt in approximately the bottom 12% of all law students in the country.

When is the deposit deadline?

First deposits of $250 are due on or before April 15 for students admitted by April 1. A second deposit (also $250) is payable on June 1. Students admitted after the deadline are informed of the deposit deadlines in the letter of admission.

Are named scholarships available?

In addition to Law School-funded scholarships, the Law School Foundation also manages scholarships made by generous donors. No separate application is required for these.

Can a student establish Connecticut residency for tuition purposes to receive the in-state rate of tuition?

Yes, Connecticut encourages all eligible students to become Connecticut residents as soon as they are able. Connecticut has very liberal residency rules, and U.S. citizens and resident aliens may establish CT residency in no more than a year after meeting the baseline requirements. A meeting is held for all interested students who wish to apply to become CT residents for the second year of study.

I would like to access ABA Required Disclosures about the Law School. Is there somewhere I can look?

Information about the Law School is available on the ABA Required Disclosures page.

I attended and graduated from a high school in Connecticut. Does that help me with in-state tuition?

Yes, applicants who attended a Connecticut high school for four years and received a diploma from it are eligible for in-state tuition regardless of current domicile.

How can I see the most current Annual Security and Fire Safety Report?

The University of Connecticut Police Department invites all University employees and students to read the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This letter satisfies the requirement of annual distribution of the following information to all employees and students. The University of Connecticut prepares this report in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and the Public Act no. 12-78 An Act Concerning Sexual Violence on College Campuses. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University of Connecticut; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies on campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The full text of this report is available online. Please use the link below to access the report. This report is prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, Student Affairs Division and the Office of Community Standards. These entities provide updated information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Act. Campus crime, arrest, and referral statistics include those reported to the University of Connecticut Police, designated campus security officials as defined under the Act, and local law enforcement agencies. Each year, this notification is sent to all enrolled students, faculty, and staff. The notification provides information on how to access the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report online. Written copies of this report may also be obtained at the Division of Public Safety at 126 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT.

Is there merit-based aid?

Yes, we offer merit-based aid. More than 60% of the class enrolling in 2016 received some merit based aid. All applicants admitted to the Law School are considered for merit-based scholarships, with few exceptions. The Law School offers have a combination of awards ranging from non-renewable awards from specific donors to full-tuition renewable scholarships. Scholarships vary in size and terms.

If I am an international student do I need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?

Yes. Unless you can demonstrate that you have the equivalent of a bachelor's degree or higher from a university where the sole language of overall instruction is English, you must take the TOEFL exam. The Law School requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100. All first year applicants to the Law School, whether international or domestic, are required to take the LSAT.