Accelerated Program in Law

Important notes:

  • An information session about the program was held online on Thursday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m.:

  • The 2021 application deadline for the Accelerated Program in Law is Friday, October 22 at 11:59 p.m.
  • The 2021 application is available here.

Program Overview

The Accelerated Program in Law (APL) is a cooperative program between UConn undergraduate programs and the UConn School of Law (UConn Law). It is a very rigorous program that allows a student with strong academic credentials to obtain an undergraduate degree and a law degree in six years rather than the normal seven. There are two key stages of the application process.

  • In the first semester of their sophomore year, students apply to the APL and in the following semester design a law-themed individualized major as part of a required double major plan (details below).
  • In their junior year, students apply to UConn Law, taking the LSAT before February of their junior year.

Acceptance into UConn Law is not guaranteed, but students meeting all program expectations and deadlines have a strong record of success in their applications.

A schedule of program deadlines is included below.

Degree Timeline and Course Progression

Following acceptance into the APL, students can expect the following course progression and degree timeline:

  • In late fall and early spring of their sophomore year, students will develop a law-themed individualized major that will incorporate undergraduate and first-year law classes.
  • During their junior year, students will complete all undergraduate courses for both majors and general education requirements, except for two classes, which may be taken during their senior year.
  • In what would normally be the student’s senior year at UConn, APL students begin classes at the Law School, taking normal first year law classes, but one less per semester than regular law students. At the same time, they will take one undergraduate course each semester to complete their bachelor’s degree. The law classes they take count towards their undergraduate degree as well as towards their law degree, and will contribute to a second major, structured with their undergraduate advisor as an Individualized Major.
  • At the end of the first year of law school, the student will complete their undergraduate degrees, graduating with their UConn class.
  • During the summer (or during the second year of law school), the student will take the two classes they did not take during their first year at the law school (one class per semester). They will receive their law degree after two more years of study at the Law School, or a total of six years after starting as a first-year student at UConn.

Eligibility

  • The APL program is most compatible with majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). It may also be compatible with some majors in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) and the School of Business. In nearly all other colleges/schools, it is impossible to complete the requirements of the APL (i.e., individualized major and general education requirements of both majors) in a timely manner. Please contact us at prelaw@uconn.edu to meet if you have any questions about your eligibility for the program.
  • APL students are required to complete a law-themed individualized major (as a second major) that combines undergraduate and first-year law courses.
  • APL students are required to take daytime classes at UConn Law (in Hartford) during their senior year; thus, students cannot undertake any significant work, internship, or extracurricular commitments during that time. Evening law courses are not permitted.
  • APL students are encouraged to prepare for and take the LSAT as early as possible during their junior year–but no later than February–so that their strongest application can be submitted to the law school as early as possible.

Critical Program Information

  • Acceptance into UConn Law is not guaranteed. Students must submit a full application to UConn Law, meet LSAT expectations as determined by UConn Law (typically at or above UConn Law’s median—currently 159), and submit strong letters of recommendation. All admissions decisions are made by UConn Law..
  • Undergraduate degree completion is required for continuance at UConn Law for any APL student’s second year. If a student has not completed their undergraduate degrees by the end of their first year at UConn Law, admission will be rescinded

Financial Aid and Tuition Information

Financial aid received as an undergraduate at UConn will follow the student for the first year at the Law School and they will pay undergraduate costs for that year. The second and third year of law school, they will pay normal law school fees.

Basic Timeline

Sophomore

1st Semester

Sophomore 

2nd Semester

Junior 

1st Semester

Junior 

2nd Semester

Senior
Apply to program; accepted students notified Plan Individualized Major course of study; apply to IMJR Program Prepare for LSAT; submit application to UConn Law (before taking LSAT) Take LSAT BEFORE February 1st year at UConn Law; bachelor’s degrees received at end of year; undergraduate degree completion required for continuance at UConn Law