Student life at UConn School of Law is focused on developing the skills and education necessary to become practice ready professionals. The Law School provides a number of programs which support students as they engage with their classmates, seek employment opportunities and choose their course of study.
The life of becoming a lawyer starts now and encompasses academics, professional development, community service, experiential learning and legal employment. The Law School strives to ensure that you develop all the necessary skills to guide you in becoming ready for life as a lawyer.
The Law School has over 30 active student organizations. Groups run the spectrum from the ice hockey team, Capital Punishment to the Connecticut Alliance of International Lawyers and the Public Interest Law Group to the Christian Legal Society. If your interests are not piqued by the current organizations, you are welcomed and encouraged to form your own.
The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the student government at UConn. The SBA oversees all student organizations, including the allocation of budgets, sponsoring community activities and addressing student concerns with the Dean’s office.
The Student Affairs Office is here to create an open and welcoming environment to all students. The Office provides support for professional, academic or personal matters; offers programs on wellness; connects students with resources necessary for their academic success; provides accommodations for students with different abilities; and serves as a liaison between students, faculty and staff. Students with any questions or concerns should start with the Student Affairs Office; our door is always open.
The bar exam is offered twice a year in every state: once in February and once in July. For the great majority of states, the exam is two days long though some states have exams that are administered over a three day period. Each state requires an application be filed with that jurisdiction in advance of the exam. For more information, including about the continuous obligation to disclose, visit the Student Portal.
The Campus Center serves as a central campus location for students, faculty, and staff to meet, relax, and eat. Student organizations, study groups, and friends grabbing a cup of coffee can all be found enjoying the Campus Center. This space offers students a place to step away from the daily activities and stresses of law school while still on campus.
The Campus Center hosts a cafe operated by UConn Dining Services. The cafe is open Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The cafe has a menu that changes daily, but includes soups, salads, sandwiches, pizza, snacks, and baked goods. Daily menus and nutritional information for the Campus Center Cafe can be found on the UConn Dining Services website.
The Center for Career Development focuses on career guidance and job search assistance to all of our JD students. The office provides individual advising, guidance on resumes and cover letters as well as mock interviews. In addition, the office assists students in applying for post graduate clerkships.
Financing a legal education is increasingly important for our students. UConn School of Law remains one of the best value law schools in the country. From a variety of sources, our students are eligible to receive scholarships and grants to help defray the cost of attendance. In addition, students may be awarded federal work study or outside scholarships and out-of-state student can reduce tuition by becoming a Connecticut resident after one year of study. As a result, the average UConn Law student graduates with far less debt than the national average.