University of Connecticut School of Law

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Founded 1921 | ABA Accredited 1933

The University of Connecticut School of Law, one of the leading public law schools in the United States, provides a comprehensive and progressive education in which students are exposed to both theoretical and practical aspects of the legal field. The course of study reflects the diversity and intellectual ambition of the students and faculty. The Law School is deeply committed to a high level of civil discourse. The environment is collegial, and the 11:1 student-to-teacher ratio assures regular close contact with some of the nation's leading legal practitioners and scholars. The Law School's beautiful 21-acre campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and is conveniently located between New York City and Boston.


Joette Katz, Justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court Kathleen A. Murphy, CEO, ING U.S. Wealth Management; named to Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business List Pedro E. Segarra, City of Hartford Mayor Michael Callahan, Executive Vice President of Yahoo! Richard N. Palmer, Justice on the Connecticut Supreme Court

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Karen DeMeola


"The reality is that we have not played the “rankings game”. We have not diverted millions to buy the median and continue to honestly report..." - Karen DeMeola Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Finance, UConn Law

October 04, 2011 \ Karen DeMeola is the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Finance at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She received both her undergraduate degree in psychology and JD from the University of Connecticut. After graduation, Assistant Dean DeMeola was a civil rights litigator focused primarily on employment discrimination, police brutality, and housing discrimination. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut and the Federal District Court, District of Connecticut.

Assistant Dean DeMeola began her tenure in admissions as Assistant Director for Admissions at Western New England College School of Law. She returned to UCONN Law in 1999 as Director of Admissions. In 2003 she was promoted to Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Finance. Assistant Dean DeMeola has presented on numerous panels, conferences, and symposia on diversifying law school populations; the intersectionality of race, class, gender, religion, and sexual orientation in the law school admissions process; challenges and changes in admissions; and numerous pipeline programs. Additionally, Assistant Dean DeMeola has served on the executive committees of the National Network of Law School Officers and the Connecticut Lawyers Group. She also served on the Law School Admission Council Subcommittee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, and as a member of the Board of Directors (Secretary) for True Colors, Inc., a non-profit organization which focuses on at risk GLBTQI youth. Finally, Assistant Dean DeMeola also serves as an adjunct professor teaching Critical Identity Theory.

AD Hi Dean DeMeola, thanks for taking the time to talk with me today – are you ready to answer some hard questions?
KD Sure. Bring it!
AD Let’s talk about Kemba Walker. Touted by many as the best college basketball player in the country in 2010-11 – and a large reason UConn won the 2011 Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament -- he decided to forego his senior year at UConn and was drafted during the first round (ninth overall) by the Charlotte Bobcats. How the hell is UConn going to make up for his absence in the 2011-12 basketball season?
KD Thanks for hitting me where it hurts. Honestly, I am not quite certain how we are going to fare this year but I bleed Husky blue so, of course I think we will rock. We lost two greats Kemba Walker and Maya Moore (on the women's team). Losing Kemba is certainly a huge blow to the men’s team. Obviously, Jeremy Lamb and Alex Oriaki finished last season strong and hopefully will come back even stronger. That said I hope Shabazz will come into his own and finally show us all that he has to offer - the risk of course is he too will leave bucolic Storrs for the NBA. I am eager to see the new recruits on both the men’s and women’s teams. I think DeAndre Daniels and Brianna Banks (women’s team) will have an incredible impact on their respective team. As a double Husky with some delusions of grandeur, I of course believe we can make it to the Final Four.
AD In the fall of 2010, The National Jurist listed UConn among the best value law schools – particularly if its students wish to practice in the public interest field. In your opinion, when students are deciding whether School A is a better value than School B, what factors should they be considering?
KD As the market shifts, so do the concerns of prospective students. It is true that despite the fact that the rankings are promulgated by a for-profit magazine and rife with controversy regarding methodology and reporting, many applicants still place confidence in rankings when making decisions. This year however, there was a shift; more students supplemented their analysis with alternative rankings to determine which school offered the best education for the lowest cost. Financial aid and scholarship packages were key this year.

When looking at the value of a school, students should be mindful of the overall cost of attendance (tuition, fees, books, room & board, transportation, etc.) for each institution; be clear about scholarship terms and conditions; ask questions about job placement and median salary information; and be very certain that they can afford living in certain locations. In addition, students should look at the programmatic offerings of each institution and whatever reputational factors are important to the applicant.

At UConn Law we offer three rates of tuition; Connecticut, New England Compact and Out-of-State. As a public institution we offer a signficantly discounted rate of tuition for residents of Connecticut when compared to the out-of-state rate. For all New England residents without an ABA approved law school, we also provide a discounted tuition. After one year in state, anyone can become a Connecticut resident, and provided they follow the relevant statues as well as our institutional guidelines, it is a relatively painless process. This benefit has greatly reduced the debt of our law students and with an average debt rate of $65,639, we are affordable for many students.
AD UConn Law has made some very calculated (some would say strategic) moves in recent years by establishing its Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic and its new Energy and Environmental Law certificate. Can you give our users some ideas about why it took this steps – are you guys trying to create “Silicon Valley East?”
KD LOL! I love that tag line – can I use that? Dean Paul is a visionary, plain and simple. (He’s reading this right?) Honestly, we are very fortunate to have a Dean that is mindful of the growing necessity for specialists in these fields.

As a land grant institution, the University of Connecticut, plays a key role in creating and supporting economic growth in the state. The University emphasizes, among other things, entrepreneurial education, research, and business partnering. The IP&E clinic is certainly in line with the University’s academic mission. It helps that Connecticut is home to some of the major biomedical, pharmaceutical, media, technology, and defense corporations and firms in the country. Partnerships with such corporations and firms has a tremendous impact on our ability to offer a wide variety of courses and experiential learning opportunities for our students.

The Center for Energy and Environmental Law (CEEL) is another step in the right direction. Ignoring the energy crisis and the demand for policy change would be a mistake. We have the benefit of support from the University, legislature, major corporations and firms. The program is in its infancy but will no doubt continue to flourish under the leadership of Professor MacDougald the director of the CEEL.

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