Jeffrey Higgins ’23, School of Law

Jeffrey Higgins reflects on his time at UConn

Portrait of Jeffrey Higgins

Portrait of Jeffrey Higgins, taken March 29, 2023. (Sydney Herdle/UConn Photo)

One of the things that distinguishes UConn is its flexibility in welcoming students from all backgrounds and points in their lives, as Jeffrey Higgins found out when he enrolled in the School of Law. Higgins brought a wealth of experience from the entertainment industry that helped steer him toward a career in employment law. After graduating, he’ll spend a year as a clerk for the chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court before embarking on a career in labor law. And while it may seem far removed from a career in showbusiness, Higgins notes there’s plenty of performing to be found among his fellow students whenever they gather for karaoke.


Why did you choose UConn?

UConn was my first choice for several reasons. First, I heard that UConn Law was a supportive place for older, non-traditional students like me. Second, I wanted to attend a public institution with a strong alumni network. Finally, I have been a UConn basketball fan my entire life and I wanted to be able to officially bleed blue.

What’s your field of study, and what drew you to it?

I focused as much as I could on work law. Before coming to law school, I was a member of two unions­—Actor’s Equity Association and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. The passion for working people that I developed through membership in these unions is what led me to law school. It was an easy choice for me to then take as many employment and labor law classes as I could.

Did you have a favorite professor or class?

My favorite class was Problems in Employment Law, which was taught by Professor Pandya. Professor Pandya created a classroom environment that encouraged in-depth and high-level discussion. Through a semester-long project, I became a better writer, a more creative thinker, and a more confident future-lawyer.

What activities were you involved in as a student?

I was an articles editor for the Connecticut Law Review and a member of Lambda Law Society. I also completed two field placements—one with AFSCME Council 4 and the other with the Connecticut General Assembly.

What are your plans after graduation/receiving your degree?

For the first year after graduation, I will be a clerk for Chief Justice Robinson at the Connecticut Supreme Court. After that, I hope to work for a firm or a union and practice labor law.

Any advice for incoming students?

You do not need to participate in the aggressive, cutthroat world of the stereotypical law student to be successful. Find a supportive and loving group of friends and you will thrive.

What’s one thing everyone should do during their time at UConn?

A UConn Law student must do karaoke at Butterfly in West Hartford at least once. And, of course, grab free student tickets to a UConn Women’s basketball game.