Practice-Based Experience

Clinics and Field Placement

UConn offers 15 clinics and field placement courses in which students earn academic credit by representing clients and doing other legal work under the supervision of faculty members and/or other lawyers. Clinics cover a broad range of practice areas and further prepare students for their careers upon graduation from their programs.

View the clinic and field placement opportunities open to LLM students

LLM+ Program

The LLM+ program allows students seeking an LLM degree to broaden their experience and opportunities by adding a semester of practical training through a full-time field placement.

Students with a JD or an international law degree who are admitted to an LLM program at the UConn School of Law are eligible to apply to the LLM+ program before matriculation, or after the first semester of LLM study. Students may seek a field placement in Washington, D.C., during the spring semester, or elsewhere inside or outside the United States during the spring and fall semesters.

The cost of the LLM+ program depends on the number of credits earned during the placement, typically 7 to 12 above the 24 required for the LLM degree.

Enrichment Opportunities

Corporate and Regulatory Compliance

Students interested in pursuing careers in compliance, ethics, internal monitoring, regulatory affairs or related areas should consider the LLM Certificate in Corporate and Regulatory Compliance. Through this certificate, students will gain a portfolio of skills at the intersection of law and management to lead effective compliance programs and to build organizational cultures that encourage ethical conduct and a commitment to compliance.

Requirements

The LLM Certificate in Corporate and Regulatory Compliance is available to students enrolled in an LLM degree program. Although no formal application is required, students must submit the Certificate Studies, Intention to Participate Form to the registrar’s office before graduation. Students are encouraged to announce to the certificate adviser their intention to seek a certification at the beginning of their academic program. 

All LLM candidates seeking the certificate must:

  • Complete nine credit hours of approved courses, which includes one core course and two electives in different areas;
  • fulfill their writing requirement in an approved course or an independent writing project on the subject; and
  • achieve a minimum B average in their certificate courses and writing requirement.

Energy and Environmental Law

Students pursing a certificate in Energy and Environmental Law create an individualized curriculum combining energy and environmental coursework. Through the certificate program, students develop substantive knowledge in energy and environmental law while strengthening their analytical, lawyering, legal research and writing skills. Students enrolled in the Energy and Environmental Law LLM program are not eligible for this certificate.

Requirements

Students are encouraged to announce their intention to seek a certificate at the beginning of their academic year. No formal application is required. Before graduating, students must submit the Certificate Studies, Intention to Participate Form to the registrar’s office.

All LLM candidates seeking the certificate in Energy & Environmental Law must:

  • complete nine credit hours of approved courses,
  • fulfill their writing requirement in an approved course or an independent writing project on the subject, and
  • achieve a minimum B average in their certificate courses and writing requirement.

Financial Services Regulation

Students who pursue the LLM Certificate in Financial Services Regulation study financial services regulation within the flexible curriculum of an LLM program. The UConn School of Law is the top destination for lawyers and students from the United States and around the world who seek serious graduate training in insurance and financial services regulation. The location in Hartford, a leading hub of the insurance industry, gives students access to insurance companies, financial services firms, law firms and regulators who work in these areas.

UConn Law also has a separate LLM in Insurance Law, which is the premier LLM program in its field in the United States. The LLM in Insurance Law program, for students who wish to devote themselves almost exclusively to insurance and financial services law, is open to both international and domestic students. Students enrolled in the Insurance Law LLM program are not eligible for the LLM Certificate in Financial Services Regulation.

Requirements

The LLM Certificate in Financial Services Regulation is available to students enrolled in the LLM in U.S. Legal Studies Program. Students are encouraged to announce their intention to seek a certificate at the beginning of their academic year; no formal application is required. Before graduating, students must submit the Certificate Studies, Intention to Participate Form to the registrar’s office.

To earn the Certificate in Financial Services Regulation, LLM candidates must:

  • complete nine credit hours of approved courses,
  • fulfill their writing requirement in an approved course or an independent writing project on the subject, and
  • achieve a minimum B average in their certificate courses and writing requirement.

Foundational Certificates in U.S. Law

Four certificates concentrating on different aspects of foundational U.S. law are available to student enrolled in an LLM program. Students may choose among the Foundations of U.S. Law, U.S. Civil and Criminal Justice; Business Law and Regulation, and U.S. Law of Property Transfer.

Requirements

Students are encouraged to announce their intention to seek a certificate at the beginning of their academic year; no formal application is required. Prior to graduating, students must submit the Certificate Studies, Intention to Participate Form to the registrar’s office.

To earn a Foundational Certificate in U.S. Law students must:

  • complete 12 credit hours of approved courses, and
  • achieve a minimum B average in their certificate courses.

Human Rights

The UConn School of Law offers students in an LLM program the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Human Rights. Through the certificate program, students gain experience in the interdisciplinary field of international human rights with access to courses taken at the School of Law, UConn’s School of Social Work and at the Human Rights Institute in Storrs. Students enrolled in the Human Rights and Social Justice LLM program are not eligible for this certificate.

Requirements

Students are encouraged to announce their intention to seek a certificate at the beginning of their academic year; no formal application is required. Before graduating, students must submit the Certificate Studies, Intention to Participate Form to the registrar’s office.

To earn the Certificate in Human Rights, LLM candidates must:

  • complete 9 credit hours of approved Human Rights courses, which includes the core required course;
  • fulfill their writing requirement in an approved course or an independent writing project on the subject; and
  • achieve a minimum of a B average in their certificate courses and writing requirement.

Intellectual Property

The UConn School of Law offers students in an LLM program the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Intellectual Property. The certificate program prepares students to participate in the new information economy, drawing on a dynamic intellectual property program and a commitment to international law, financial services and insurance law at the leading public law school in the Northeast.

Requirements

Students are encouraged to announce their intention to seek a certificate at the beginning of their academic year; no formal application is required. Before graduating, students must submit the Certificate Studies, Intention to Participate Form to the registrar’s office.

To earn the Certificate in Intellectual Property, LLM candidates must:

  • complete nine credit hours of intellectual property courses,
  • fulfill the writing requirement in an approved course or an independent writing project on the subject, and
  • achieve a minimum of a B average in their certification courses and writing requirement.

Tax Studies

Students completing a Certificate in Tax Studies within an LLM program gain expertise in theory and in practice-based opportunities, such as the Tax Clinic or an externship. Students seeking this certificate must take LAW7661 - Federal Income Taxation, and are strongly encourage to do so in their first academic semester.

Requirements

Students are encouraged to announce their intention to seek a certification at the beginning of their academic program; no formal application is required. Before graduating, students must submit the Certificate Studies, Intention to Participate Form to the registrar’s office.

To earn a Certificate in Tax Studies, LLM candidates must:

  • Complete nine credit hours of tax courses, including the required course;
  • fulfill their writing requirement in an approved course or independent writing project with a member of the tax faculty; and
  • achieve a minimum of a B average in their certification courses and writing requirement

Cost of Attendance

The UConn School of Law is proud to offer excellent programs at an affordable cost. Students who take advantage of our reasonable per-credit tuition rates, among the lowest for an LLM program in the country, can gain an excellent education and a high return on their investment in the future.

Tuition and fees are set annually by the University of Connecticut. Students pay on a per-credit basis and the costs per credit is:

  • $1,190 per credit for Energy & Environmental Law; Human Rights & Social Justice Law; U.S. Legal Studies
  • $1,326 per credit for Insurance Law