To the Incoming Classes of 2016 and 2017:
On behalf of the Student Bar Association, and as a representative of the student body, I would like to welcome you to UConn Law! We are excited that you are joining us here in Hartford and are looking forward to meeting all of you over the coming weeks!
Over your next three (or four) years here in the West End, much will be asked of you academically, personally, and professionally. Despite the busy adventure you are about to begin, there is so much you will gain from your experience here at UConn Law. I encourage you to engage in the many academic and professional opportunities the Law School offers. There are countless opportunities to become involved in student groups, such as Moot Court Boart, Mock Trial Society, and PAD (to name only a few of the many student groups here on campus). There are also opportunities such as the Pro Bono Pledge Program designed to aid students in providing legal aid to those members of our community most in need. Participation in these activities will help you to make a positive impact on the community and our school, not to mention the personal sense of fulfillment from such a worthwhile cause.
The Student Bar Association is here to represent your interests to the law school administration, to foster a professional community, and to give you the opportunity to develop a network within the student community and Connecticut community. As you arrive for Orientation, members of the UConn Law student community will greet you, including members of the Student Bar Association. Please feel free to come to any of us with questions, concerns or thoughts as you move through the orientation process and begin to embark on this exciting time in your academic and professional career.
Until you get settled in, there are current students who will act as your representatives in the SBA. This fall after classes are underway and you have had a chance to digest everything you’ve learned at Orientation, the SBA will run elections for Student Representatives for the SBA. This election will give you one of the first opportunities to get involved in the law school and to help represent your fellow class members through the 2013-2014 school year. If you decide not to run for an elected position on the SBA Board, we hope that you will still attend and participate in many of the SBA events or join us at one of our bi-weekly meetings to share your ideas!
During your first week of classes, you will be invited to attend a student organization fair, where representatives from all of our different student organizations will meet and speak with you. These student representatives are there to recruit new members and to answer any questions you have. I invite you to get involved in the groups in which you are most interested.
I look forward to meeting you at Orientation, and please let me know if you have any questions or if the SBA can be of service to you. Again, welcome to UConn Law!
Jessica M. Signor, ‘14
President, Student Bar Association