The University of Connecticut School of Law and the Neag School of Education are offering the UCAPP Law Program, which enables working teachers to obtain a J.D. and administrator certification at the same time. The UCAPP Law Program combines the Law School’s day or evening program with the Neag School’s University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP).

Students who complete this program will be able to seek admission to the bar. In addition, upon the completion of 50 months of teaching, they will be eligible for endorsement for Connecticut State Certification as Intermediate Administrators (092).[1] This certificate is required for persons who wish to work in Connecticut in one of the following capacities: principal, assistant principal, curriculum coordinator, supervisor of instruction, or school business administrator.

[1] The UCAPP Law Program satisfies the credit requirements for the professional educator certificate for intermediate administrators (092). The Connecticut State Department of Education is still determining whether the J.D. will count as a subject matter master’s degree for classroom teachers.



All students who wish to pursue the UCAPP Law Program must be granted admission into both programs. Applicants may apply simultaneously to the two programs or alternatively, students enrolled in the School of Law or UCAPP may apply during their first year of study to the other program.

The law school admits students once a year, for the fall semester. To be considered for admissions applicants must already have or expect a bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate college (or the foreign equivalent) and must have taken the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The law school encourages applicants to apply as early as possible because of its rolling policy.  For further information, visit the UConn Law Program's website.

The deadline for applications into the UCAPP Program is March 1 of the application year. From the pool of applicants, the admissions committee will select the most qualified candidates for screening. Candidate screening will occur in late March and early April. Recommendations for admission to UCAPP will be made to the UConn Graduate School after all candidates have been screened. The UConn Graduate School will notify the candidates about their admissions status in early May. Orientations will be held in late May or early June.



In addition to a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution, the following actions are required for applications to the law school:


The J.D. Program requires completion of 86 credits (including all required first-year courses, a course in Legal Ethics and Responsibility, and an intensive, analytical paper which satisfies the writing requirement). A maximum of twelve credits of UCAPP coursework will be transferred for credit toward the J.D. requirement.

UCAPP requires the completion of 32 credits.[2] The coursework for UCAPP is set out in Table 1.

Table 1. Coursework for UCAPP

Course Number Course Title Credits
EDLR 5092 Special Education Topics for Administrators 3
EDLR 5302 Program Evaluation for School Improvement 3
EDLR 5303 Supervision of Educational Organizations 3
EDLR 5304 Curriculum Laboratory 3
EDLR 5305 Legal Aspects of Education 2
EDLR 5306 School Leadership and Administration of Educational Organizations 3
EDLR 5307 Contemporary Education Policy Issues 3
EDLR 5310 Creating and Sustaining a Positive School Climate 3
EDLR 5092 Practicum 9
Total 32

[1] Students may have to take an additional three-credit learning theory course if they have not taken such a course within the last five years.