Special Program in Law
UConn's Special Program in Law links an undergraduate program with more than 115 majors with the UConn School of Law, resulting in dual degrees from UConn: a BA/BS and a Juris Doctor (JD). As undergraduates, students connect with the UConn School of Law through special seminars and events aimed at supporting career goals. The Special Program in Law offers admission to the UConn School of Law, provided all standards and contingencies are met. Flexibility to accommodate individual choices, should the student decide either to accelerate undergraduate efforts or take an extra year to graduate, is available.
All students accepted to the Special Program in Law will be enrolled UConn's Honors Program. Special Program students are required to be enrolled in the Honors Program as they enter UConn.
Admissions Requirements and Deadlines
Applicants must be entering as a first-year student and demonstrate exceptional performance in academics, including advanced preparation in political science, English, history, or other related fields. There are no state residency requirements, although Connecticut residents will receive special consideration. UConn is committed to attracting members of underrepresented populations for its programs.
To be considered, an applicant should have:
- An overall secondary school grade point average of 3.5 (4.0 scale)
- A completed application to the University, which includes all supporting documents, the responses to the program-specific essay questions, and an optional resume. All documents must be received by December 1. A secondary school profile should also be submitted along with the secondary school transcript
- Two additional letters of recommendation, received by December 1
The application process for the Special Program in Law follows our test-optional policy. No admission decision shall be impacted, and no student disadvantaged, if a standardized test score is not provided. Should you feel your standardized test score is an accurate reflection of your academic ability, and would like to have it considered as part of the application review, UConn requires official SAT or ACT scores to be sent directly from the appropriate test provider. SAT II subject tests are not considered in the application review.
To matriculate at the UConn School of Law, students must:
- Maintain at least a 3.4 GPA as an undergraduate;
- Obtain an LSAT score equal to or greater than the School of Law’s median score of the prior year;
- Perform favorably in interviews during the junior and senior undergraduate years.
How to Apply
Students can apply to the Special Program in Law directly through the Common Application. The Supplemental Application is also available for students who will not be using the Common Application to apply to the University as well as for those who have already submitted the Common Application. The University does not have a preference to which application is used.
Recommendation letters should address your current academic status, extracurricular achievements, personal qualities, and potential for future success in/contributions to the legal field and the community. Applicants will be asked to name their recommenders as a part of the application. Recommendation letters may be sent via:
- Fax to (860) 486-1476. The fax coversheet should be sent attention to "Special Program in Law."
- Email to email@example.com. The subject line should read "Special Program in Law Recommendation."