UConn Law Welcomes Diverse Class of First-Year Students

by Liz O’Donnell

2013 Orientation

UConn Law welcomed 154 first-year students to campus in August that will make up the classes of 2016 (day) and 2017 (evening).

The newly matriculated Huskies boast a median LSAT score of 158 and a median undergraduate GPA of 3.46, according to the office of admissions. Approximately 28% of the incoming class hails from states other than Connecticut. After participating in orientation activities and learning about life at the Law School, the newly matriculated Huskies now face the challenges that come with adjusting to their first year.

“It has been quite demanding and there was no particular way to prepare for the many new experiences I have gone through,” said Bre Vessichio, a 1L from Berlin, Connecticut. “The support of faculty and students has been helpful in the times I have felt overwhelmed.”

This fall, the 1L Day curriculum has students taking first-year law school staples Torts, Contracts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, and Lawyering Process. Students have been divided into sections as UConn Law has done in previous years.

Carly Applebaum, a 1L from Maine said she’s already developed a taste for the library.

“I went to a big undergrad school where the library was always loud and packed with students,” she said. “Our library is so big and beautiful and I can always find a nice and quiet study spot. It’s great that outside of the library, there are always students socializing and it’s nice to see friendly faces.”

In addition to adjusting to the academic rigor of law school, many of the 1Ls are also taking the time to learn about their fellow students. Vessichio said she has found that her classmates come from a variety of backgrounds.

“There is quite a diversity of students in our class from those just getting out from undergraduate to those who have worked for a few years before coming back to school,” she said. “Everyone has an interesting story to tell about how they got to law school from anywhere between working in the federal government, serving in the military, to backpacking through Europe for a few months before arriving at law school.”

Vessichio said she chose UConn Law because of the school’s focus on strong student-faculty relationships and broad practice opportunities.

As a Maine resident, Applebaum said she chose to come to Connecticut for law school because of the many opportunities UConn provided.

“I love that UConn Law is a small school with a tight-knit community,” Applebaum said. “The students and staff seem so friendly and outgoing and the professors seem very accessible and encouraging.”