Unauthorized Practice of Law

Students and student organizations sometimes engage in projects with outside organizations to advocate or to gain hands-on experience in law related work. These might take the form of research projects, helping to write memos and/or briefs, other writing projects, etc. As you are aware, Connecticut imposes criminal penalties for the unauthorized practice of law. In some circumstances, students may perform legal work under the supervision of an attorney, but in no circumstance should any law student engage in the unauthorized practice of law. 

Please check in with the Office of Student Affairs or the Deputy Dean for Experiential Education if you have any questions before engaging in any activity that might be considered the practice of law. The Connecticut Superior Court General Provisions can be found at https://www.jud.ct.gov/cbec/rules.htm#2-44A.