We welcome your application for admission. We admit students once a year for the fall semester. To be considered for admission you must already have or expect to receive a bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate college (or the foreign equivalent) and you must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Although we encourage you to apply as early as possible because of our rolling admission policy, the application deadline for fall 2020 admission is July 1, 2020.
Everyone is required to take or have taken the LSAT no more than five years before the date of expected enrollment. The June test is the last test we will accept for enrollment in the fall. You should refer to the Law School Admissions Council website for details about the test.
Admissions decisions are made by our faculty admissions committee. All files are holistically reviewed and each part of each file is taken into consideration. In keeping with the emphasis on the individual, the faculty admissions committee makes all decisions after a careful reading of each application.
In selecting the entering class, the admissions committee balances a number of factors, including: the LSAT score; the type, breadth, and depth of college or graduate courses taken and the grades received; academic honors and awards; writing ability; letters of recommendation from persons who know the applicant well (academic letters of recommendation are the most helpful for fairly recent graduates); work record, including military service, Peace Corps, and VISTA; college and community activities; and character and motivation. Although performance on the LSAT and in college or graduate school is important, selection is made after a careful review of the entire admissions file. The Law School has never used an admissions index in the admissions process, preferring to make all decisions after individual and careful review.
You may submit an optional essay or addendum which addresses additional information not included in your personal statement. This statement should provide further explanation or details which may not be readily apparent in other parts of your application.
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Every effort is made to send electronic notification of your decision within 24 hours of the committee’s final decision being rendered.
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 or the mention of an important honor or award received prior to the decision.
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 after one year. Tuition would fall to the in-state rate, even for full-time students.
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
International applicants typically must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 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 minimum TOEFL scores of 100/250/600 (Internet/Computer/Written). All applicants to the Law School, whether international or domestic, are required to take the LSAT.
The University of Connecticut complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action, including the provision of reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. UConn does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religious creed, age, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, veteran status, prior conviction of a crime, workplace hazards to reproductive systems, gender identity or expression, or political beliefs in its programs and activities.