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For aspiring principals, curriculum coordinators, and other future educational leaders, the UCAPP Law Program offers a unique opportunity to learn how to manage the wide variety of legal issues encountered by school administrators today.

UConn’s School of Law and Neag School of Education partner to offer 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 UConn Law’s day or evening program with the Neag School’s University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program (UCAPP).

Students who complete the 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). This certificate is required for those who wish to work in Connecticut in such roles as principal, assistant principal, curriculum coordinator, supervisor of instruction, or school business administrator.

Note: 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.

Program Course Requirements

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, as outlined below. 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.


EDLR 5092 - Practicum: Administrative Field Experience (3 credits)

EDLR 5302 - Program Evaluation for School Improvement (3 credits)

EDLR 5303 - Supervision of Educational Organizations (3 credits) 

EDLR 5304 - Curriculum Laboratory (3 credits)

EDLR 5411 - Legal Aspects of Education (2 credits)

EDLR 5306 - School Leadership and Administration of Educational Organizations (3 credits)

EDLR 5307 - Contemporary Education Policy Issues (3 credits)

EDLR 5310 - Creating and Sustaining a Positive School Climate (3 credits)

EDLR 5092 - Practicum: Administrative Field Experience (9 credits)

UCAPP Law Contacts

Richard Gonzales

Dr. Richard Gonzales
Director, Educational Leadership Preparation Programs
Associate Professor in Residence

Phone: 860-486-5635

Preston Green

Preston Green, JD, Ed.D.
Professor of Urban Education

Phone: 860-486-1809