Welcome Message from Dean Timothy Fisher

by Timothy Fisher

I am very pleased to welcome you, our new class of JD and LLM students, to a community of learning that will change your lives. You have worked hard to get here and we chose you because we believe you will thrive at UConn School of Law.

In the months and years ahead, you will learn from a brilliant faculty and share your hopes, joys, and toil with classmates who will be a part of your lives for the rest of your careers.

UConn Law School is not only the best public law school in the Northeast, it is a welcoming and supportive community. We are a launching pad from which you can pursue any of an incredible range of careers.

The legal market of the future is different from that of the past. Legal jobs are abound, but they are highly differentiated. Success will come soonest to those of you who find in yourselves a skill and strength, and find out- side yourselves a working environment that resonates with your character and your goals. Initiative and self-knowledge will be your most valuable attributes.

The job market you will face demands more than it did in years past. An acute analytical mind and superb communication skills are as important as ever. But, clients and employers are now looking for more. They do not want lawyers who talk like lawyers; they want lawyers who think like clients, but bring legal tools to solve their problems. Your challenge will be not only to make these tools part of your way of thinking, but also to adopt an outward focus that will enable you to understand and connect with others. Fortunately, you are at a law school that recognizes these necessities and provides a myriad of ways to develop your professional character.

Your first semester will be hard work—I am sure everyone has told you that, and they are right. There is no magic path; your learning here will not be like any you have done before. Your keys will be steady, disciplined study and engagement in every class and every discussion. Like mastering a performance skill, there is no alternative to practice and hard work.

But you also need to have fun. You are lucky to be at a law school that values a sense of community. UConn Law is an extremely warm and welcoming environment; everyone here wants you to succeed. You will have countless opportunities to build friendships and relation- ships with your classmates and your professors, as well as our staff and broader network of alumni and employers, both locally and abroad.

UConn Law School has a long tradition of international study and placement. In this increasingly connected world, this campus will provide you countless opportunities to meet and work with students from around the globe. You will learn the perspectives of other educational systems and cultures—and be wiser for it—while planting the seeds for your own networks of multinational colleagues.

UConn Law School will be your base as your prepare for a new career. The paths ahead are as many as there are students among you. Whether your skills lie in transactions or dispute resolution, whether your focus will be business or policy, you will find both training and kindred spirits at this school.

We look forward with excitement to your time with us, and anticipate our pride in seeing you emerge from this wonderful school as complete professionals, ready for the great opportunities ahead.


1L Job Search: Don’t Worry About It Yet!

by Sara Selmanaj ‘17

Welcome to UConn Law! Although thinking and stressing about summer jobs is common for new students, no need to worry about starting your job search just yet. First year students should primarily be concentrating on coursework, but hopefully this article will help ease some concerns about the 1L summer job search process, at least for the moment. Pro Se sat down with Michele Hoff, Associate Director for the Law School’s Career Planning Center, to give new students an idea of what to expect in the coming year.

Career Planning Center

You will likely be hearing from the Career Planning Center (CPC) in September with an introduction about who they are and what they do. First year students should plan to meet with the CPC sometime before Thanksgiving. Before meeting with a member of the CPC, students should think about their interests, where they might want to work in the summer, and whether they will be able to volunteer their time to an unpaid internship. Having a general idea of goals to pursue and circumstances to consider will allow career counselors to better tailor their advice.

Application Timeline

Internships in judicial chambers and some law firms require an earlier application timeline, usually around early December. Other opportunities will be available in late Winter and throughout the Spring. Students should start thinking about summer positions during the Winter break, and plan to apply for summer jobs in late January through March. Also keep an eye out for career fairs that happen throughout the year. The NYU Public Interest Legal Career Fair takes place in November and is a great opportunity for those interested in opportunities outside of the corporate realm, working with non-profits, government agencies, and public interest law firms.

Keep in mind that these are just estimated timeframes, and students can (and always do) find 1L summer jobs as late as May and June. Everyone is going to find their summer employment at different times of the Spring semester depending on the type of employer, the area of practice, and even the location, so try not to let what is going on around you become frustrating or intimidating.

Also, don’t worry if you see people in the next few weeks in suits carrying around portfolios! These are upperclassmen participating in on-campus interviewing, an event that first years do not have to worry about until next summer.

Class of 2017 Summer Experiences

While your search for your 1L summer job is still a few months away, below is a list of some of the great locations where stu- dents in the class of 2017 had internships (paid and unpaid) this past summer:

Law Firms:

• Ballon Stoll Bader & Nadler PC, Manhattan, NY
• Bobby Aniekwu & Associates LLC, Atlanta, GA • Cantor Colburn LLP, Hartford, CT

• Day Pitney LLP, Hartford, CT
• Krasner & Long, Philadelphia, PA
• Pharmaceutical Patent Attorneys LLP, Morris- town, NJ
• Robinson + Cole, Hartford, CT
• Ruane Attorneys At Law, Wethersfield, CT

In House:

• Hubbell Inc., Shelton, CT
• Noble Americas Corp., Stamford, CT
• Pratt & Whitney Department of Legal Opera- tions, East Hartford, CT
• University of Connecticut Office of Audit, Compliance, and Ethics, Storrs, CT

Public Interest/Government:

• Attorney General’s Office Child Protections Department, Hartford, CT
• Connecticut Fund For The Environment Legal Department, New Haven, CT

• Connecticut Secretary of State Legislative and Election Administration Division, Hartford, CT • Office of the Child Advocate, Hartford, CT
• Probate Court, Farmington, CT

• Public Defender’s Office, Windham, CT
• United State’s Attorney’s Office District of Con- necticut, Hartford, CT
• United States Coast Guard Academy Legal De- partment, New London, CT

Good Luck!

An Introduction to Law Library Services

by Patrick Butler, Electronic Resources and Reference Librarian

What do you need to know about the law library as a 1L? First of all, law school is different from your undergrad years. Being a lawyer requires the ability to research, write, and think creatively. The library is where the research takes place. Today, many resources are online (although not everything!), so much of the library may be accessed through your computer from home on your couch.

The library will offer learning opportunities throughout the semester. We want to help you become better, more efficient and effective researchers, so please stop by! Even when you are not physically in the library, the library staff is still available for help to conduct research. If you don’t know where to start, or how to use a particular database, the library staff is here to help. You can contact a reference librarian via the Law Library’s website, either by live chat, email, text messaging, or phone.

Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and WestlawNext

As a 1L, you should have already received your Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and WestlawNext account information. If you did not, please send an email to refdesk.lawlib@uconn.edu. These are the major legal databases used in practice, and you will use them in your first semester of Lawyering Process and all throughout your time here at UConn Law as well. As a student, you have unlimited access to all of them. It is important that you learn to use them efficiently in your time here. While these databases are fantastic resources for legal research, they are not comprehensive. There are many more resources available, and the librarians can help direct you to the best ones for your research needs.

As you may have already figured out, most professors use TWEN to post course materials, create assignments, and communicate with students. TWEN is accessed through Westlaw.

Study Aids

With your Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw activation information, you should have also received an access code for CALI. CALI is a collection of interactive, computer-based lessons and e-books covering a large number of legal subject areas. This is an excellent resource to gain a better understanding of a particular area of law.

Before you begin to struggle through Torts or Contracts, take a look at some of the many study aids we have on reserve in the library. Study aids such as Civil Procedure in a Nutshell, or the Examples & Explanations series on all core legal subjects provide great summaries of complex subjects. Take a look at our New Student Toolkit, which can be found under “Events and Announcements” on the Library’s website, for more information.


Throughout your law school career, keep in mind that we are here to help: shoot us an email, send us a message on chat, give us a call, or stop by the desk. We are happy to get you started in the right direction, dig you out of a hole when you are stuck, or suggest a research method. Reaching out to us may save you valuable time and help you succeed.

Welcome from the Student Bar Association

by Bianca Slota ‘16, SBA President

I speak for the Student Bar Association and as a representative of our entire student body when I say we are happy you are here. We are glad you chose to spend the next several years at UConn Law and we look forward to meeting you over the coming weeks.

These first few days will seem like a whirlwind, with so much to take in and learn. Your SBA is here to help. Our purpose is to represent your interests to the administration, to foster a sense of community on campus, to help you create connections with alumni, and to ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed. You will meet many of our members at Orientation. Remember our faces—we will remind you of our names—and feel free to come to us at any time with questions or concerns you may have when starting this new and exciting chapter of your academic and professional lives.

In the next week or two, you will be invited to attend the Student Organization Fair, where you can learn about and join any of the more than 40 student organizations on campus. I encourage you to get involved with any that interest you. Law school is an incredible adventure. It is among the most challenging and rewarding things you can do, so getting involved with student groups outside the classroom greatly enhances the experience. It is also the best way to start networking.

You will soon find that the word “networking” is used frequently in law school. I cannot stress enough the importance of this skill. Make a point to talk to fellow students, to alumni, to professors, and to the dozens of employers who visit our campus each year. Find common ground and build relationships. Get involved with the Connecticut Bar Association (it’s free!), the American Bar Association (it’s free!), and the various local and affinity bar associations. Although you are just starting out, before you know it you will be searching for your first summer job, and from there, a career. There is no better time to start building your network than right now, and there are no better people to learn from than those who have been in your shoes.

I also encourage you to start thinking about whether you might like to be an SBA Class Representative. Elections for the 1L and L.L.M. class reps take place in only a few short weeks. Being a class representative is a great way to make a difference for yourself and your classmates, and to leave a lasting impression at UConn Law.

Finally, remember to breathe. The first semester is overwhelming but you are not alone. All faculty, staff, and upperclassmen are here for you. My years at UConn Law have been some of the best of my life. I am optimistic you will feel the same.

What I Wish I Knew As a First Year

by Yuri Min ‘17

It’s true: the first year of law school is usually the toughest. But fear not, you will get through it. Here are some things to help guide new students in navigating academics, future employment, and hopefully, a social life:

1. Understand that law school is going to be difficult. You are among very intelligent and hardworking people. Almost everyone has been used to being one of the most capable students in their respective high school or college. Putting top performers all in one class makes it more difficult to do well, but it also makes it an enriching learning environment. Don’t worry about not getting the top score in the class for every class. Focus on learning and engaging with the material. Know that you are going to have to work late. And unfortunately, accept that there will be some sacrifices to your social life (at least outside of law school).

2. Do what works for you. In the coming days, you will meet people who may have worked longer, scored higher, or done more than you. Don’t feel discouraged. You have done just as much as everyone else in your class to get to this point. Don’t feel the need to suddenly change your entire method of studying because that’s what works for someone else. If you study better with others, form a study group. If you are distracted easily with others, choose to study on your own. Use your time efficiently, because you won’t have much of it!

3. Be open and positive. The law is a big field with countless practice areas. Keep an open mind. You don’t know whether that intellectual property law class is going to change your career plans. Be ready and willing to adjust to changes. Enroll in courses you find interesting. Talk to professors and attorneys from other fields.

4. Talk to people. Create a support system around yourself. Whether it’s friends, a spouse/significant other, your kids, your dog, or whoever. Make sure that you have people outside of law school who will be there when you need a break. But the people who will understand you the best are your fellow classmates. These are your future colleagues, partners, opposing counsels, judges, and government agents. Find that balance and net of support.

5. Stay in the loop. Check your email regularly. Everything will be sent through e-mail. The prime time is noon, when classes are getting out. Be sure to check for student organization meetings and other events; there may be leftover food in Knight lounge, too! Joining student organizations early or simply attending org general body meetings will help you decide which groups you want a leadership position in as a 2L.

6. Don’t have time to go to that event? Make time. You are attending this school to learn, but there is more to law school than just books. Law school is about networking and making connections. Connecticut is a small bar, and by the end of the year you will recognize a lot of the attorneys and/or law firms in the area. Go to events. Introduce yourself and get your name out. But, be sincere about it and try not to treat it as a business card gathering competition. Most importantly, follow up and maintain any connections that you make. Even if you don’t plan on practicing in Connecticut, you never know who you will meet and what doors they might open for you.

7. Most importantly, enjoy your time here. Three years isn’t very long. You have roughly 1,000 days with your fellow classmates, so make the best of them.

P.S. The Internet is a vast place. Be smart about what you post, no matter your privacy settings. If it’s the slightest bit risky or questionable, then err on the side of caution. Otherwise, you might have some explaining to do during a job interview or on your Bar Exam application.