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The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) is the only public law school in the Nation's Capital. The School of Law is unique among law schools, with a mission to recruit and enroll students from under-represented communities. The School of Law also has one of the most diverse student bodies in the country, and the most extensive clinical requirements of any law school in the country.


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The School of Law considers the entire applicant profile when rendering an admission decision. While the candidate's LSAT and grades play an important role in the admission process, other factors are also considered, e.g., the applicant's range of life experiences, the content and mechanics of the candidate's application essays, community involvement, family background, and letters of recommendations.

The Committee on Admission requests TOEFL on a case-by-case basis.

Acceptance Rate
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Accepted Applicants Who Attend

Test Scores

145 - 153


Application Deadlines
March 15

Application Process

Rolling Admissions

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Applicants accepted in terms other than fall

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Deferred Admission

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Degrees Offered

The School of Law offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and full-time day and part-time evening divisions, and the LL.M. degree in Clinical Legal Education, Social Justice and Systems Change.

Programs and Curriculum

The School of Law offers the best of both worlds for the study of law a traditional legal education supplemented by hands-on clinical training. Students are required to complete 90 credits to graduate, 14 of which are earned in two semesters of clinical work. The Clinics include Legislation, Juvenile & Special Education, Community Development, Low-Income Tax, General Practice, Immigration & International Human Rights, and Whistleblower Protection (at the Government Accountability Project.) Students are also required to complete 40 hours of community service, and may participate in the Summer Public Interest Fellowship and a tenor four-credit Externship Program elective.

Special Programs

First and second year students are eligible for Summer Public Interest Fellowships funded by the law school for full-time placements supervised by an attorney in public interest, government or judicial settings. Approved placements include locations throughout the USA, and internationally. Upper-level students may earn academic credit for placements through the Externship Program. Students may also qualify for federal work-study positions.

The School of Law also offers the Pathways to Practice Program, which helps students build a body of knowledge, skills and experience that will prepare them for practice in a chosen field. Students will also build a network of like-minded colleagues, faculty advisors, alumni and prospective employers to help them make the transition from law school to practice.

Faculty Information

Students Say

The David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia is founded on an “enthusiasm for equality and justice.” It’s a small school, one of only six ABA-accredited law schools at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The school offers training to those underrepresented at the bar. Its mission is “to serve the public and equip lawyers who will promote social justice.” Students don’t just study law, but “learn how to make the legal system work for the most vulnerable populations in our society.” UDC is “on the cutting-edge of clinical practice.” There’s a required 700 hours of clinical experience, within which are a “great variety” of fields to choose from. In clinic, students are responsible for their own cases and clients and “have a chance to hone their research and writing skills.” Unique to UDC School of Law is a “complete public interest focus and a commitment to serving the impoverished.” The school operates by the credo, “Tolerance, service, and commitment to ensuring equal access to justice.” After graduation, students say “have an edge over other law students because I will be going into a position knowing how to operate as a lawyer already; not in just a theoretical way.“
“Our professors are committed to educating the next generation of public interest lawyers.” “They are by far the best thing going for the institution. Their experience and expertise is priceless.” Professors choose to teach at UDC School of Law because they believe in its mission. They’re “truly passionate” and try to prepare students for the “issues most of us will face as public interest attorneys.” “I had the opportunity to learn from a D.C. Superior Court Judge, a nationally renowned civil rights attorney whose record and experience comprise nearly fifty years of service to the profession and to society, and an Ivy League–educated criminal defense superstar from D.C.’s Public Defender Service.” These professors represent the “spirit of tolerance, dedication, and advocacy.” The curriculum is “designed to equip each graduate with not merely an intellectual grasp of the law, but also the skills required to make practice of the law a reality.” Students feel prepared for the real world of law outside the doors of UDC and also praise the professors’ “compassion for humanity.”
Students are divided on the usefulness of the administration. One says they’re both “helpful” and “attentive,” and another claims they do a good job “making the school feel like a community.” One of the common complaints about the administration is the lack of very strong communication skills when it comes to announcements to the whole school, such as events being held on campus, typically there is not sufficient notice given to students in order to allow the students to change their schedule accordingly.” Part-time students would like more opportunities to fulfill the clinical requirement and participate in student organizations. Another claims, “The administration here knows individuals by name, and it is not uncommon for an administrator to e-mail an important deadline reminder to a forgetful student.”
With a move to a “beautiful” new building in 2011, UDC alleviated previous concerns about space and facilities. “Our new moot courtroom has amazing resources and nice aesthetics.” The law library is “full of resources and staffed with highly trained, friendly librarians. “ One student says, “I’ve never had an instance where I was unable to find a research tool I needed.” Another student claims the library as a “second home.”

Career overview

From The School

The Office for Career and Professional Development (OCPD) assists law students and alumni through individual meetings and group programs, an electronic database with internship and job announcements, and many other activities. For more information, visit the school website at or contact Dena Bauman, the OCPD director, at The School of Law has more than 3,000 alumni, the majority of whom are connected to the School of Law via email. Alumni provide invaluable resources to both students and other alumni. For more information, contact Alumni Director Joe Libertelli at

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Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students

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Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Local and federal government agencies, legal service providers and public interest advocacy groups, small law firms,judicial clerkships, business and industry.

Graduates Employed by Region

Prominent Alumni

Thomas Kilbride
Illinois Supreme Court Justice

Kim Jones
Founder and Director, Advocates for Justice in Education

Tom Devine
Legal Whistleblower Attorney and Director, Government Accountability Project

Andrea Lyon
Dean, Valparaiso Law School

Keiffer Mitchell
Baltimore City Councilmember


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The School of Law offers its students an affordable legal education and a comprehensive financial aid program. Tuition for District of Columbia resident full-time students is $10, 886 per year (2015-16). Tuition for non-DC resident full-time students is $21,772 per year (2015-16). Tuition for DC resident part-time students is $7749 per year (2015-16), and $15,498 per year for non-DC resident part-time students. Non-DC resident students may be eligible for resident tuition after residing in the District for one year. Students may be eligible as well for the following financial assistance: Federal loans, merit scholarships, need-based grants, work-study, Dean's Fellowships, Continuing Student Scholarships, and the full-tuition three-year Advocate for Justice Scholarship. For more information on the law school's financial aid program, you may visit


Financial Aid Rating
Mar 31
Application Deadlines
Jun 1

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% Under-represented Minorities

53% are full time
47% are part time
59% female
41% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Students “come in all shades, ages, income levels, and backgrounds.” UDC law is left-leaning, and no matter what your ethnicity or sexual orientation may be, you’ll fit in well, as diversity is the school’s “greatest strength.” The atmosphere is “noncompetitive” and, “UDC-DCSL doesn’t keep class ranks, because, well, everyone is encouraged to succeed.” Students say it’s an “extremely positive environment.” Fellow classmates “help each other succeed” and, even more, are “invested” in that success. “I never feel isolated,” another student adds.
The student body is comprised of a mix of “direct from undergraduate” and those “that are several years removed.” Night students typically “drive to school from their jobs in D.C., VA, and MD.” Students love D.C. for the location! The school is “minutes from the historic streets and monuments of downtown D.C. The location is great for available transportation, travel to the many other D.C. law schools and colleges, and all types of recreation and entertainment for singles, couples, families, and the young at heart.”

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Campus and Location

UDC-DCSL is located on the campus of the University of the District of Columbia, the country's only urban public land grant Historically Black University. The University and School of Law are located in the upper Northwest section of the District on Connecticut Avenue, one of the city's major thoroughfares. The Van Ness/UDC Metro station is located directly in front of the University, making the campus easily accessible. The campus, which is undergoing a major "greening" with over 100,000 square feet of green roofs and other amenities, is surrounded by a quiet tree-lined residential community, Rock Creek Park, the National Zoo, embassies and small businesses. The University sits on several acres of land on Connecticut Avenue, NW.


In August 2011, the School of Law moved to a new spacious five-story facility, located about one block from the main University campus.

Every seat in the Mason Law Library is wired and WIFI access is available everywhere in the library. The classrooms and lecture halls are also wired and high-tech.

Vivian Canty
Assistant Dean of Admission

4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Building 52
Washington, DC 20008