University of the District of Columbia
David A. Clarke School of Law
Washington, D.C. 20008

The University of the District of Columbia is the only public institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. It was chartered in 1974 as an urban land-grant institution. The public land-grant institution functions as a law and graduate degree–granting institution, baccalaureate degree–granting institution, and a community college. The University also offers courses designed to upgrade the skills of District of Columbia residents who already have a job or who wish to become more competitive to qualify for other jobs. As an urban land-grant institution, the University provides broad opportunities for a diverse student population.

The Office of Career Services uses an e-mail opportunity notification system and an individualized version of the more traditional career planning services. Through e-mail, the School provides a broad range of timely information about jobs, scholarships and fellowships, career-oriented education events, and a variety of career resources. The Office also provides individual resume and cover letter help and one-on-one career counseling as well as on-campus employer interviews, workshops, and a variety of references and resources.

The Community
The School of Law is located on Connecticut Avenue in the upper northwest area of Washington, D.C. The University community is in an area surrounded by beautiful residential neighborhoods and small businesses. The School can be accessed easily by the city's modern and safe Metro subway system. The UDC/Van Ness subway stop is on the Metro's Red Line and in front of the School of Law.

Washington, D.C., is the ideal place to study law. It offers a wide range of opportunities for law students in local and federal government agencies, judicial and Capitol Hill internships, law firms, and public interest organizations. Washington is also an attractive and fascinating city that offers Southern hospitality, an international community and cultural diversity, the bustling aspects of urban life, and wonderful museums, theaters, and the arts.

The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law student body is diverse; 50 percent are women, more than 50 percent are members of minority groups, and the average age is 30. About 96 percent of the student body receive financial assistance. Most of the School's graduates work in public interest law settings. Others seek graduate law degrees, start their own practice, or work in other areas of law. Students play a vital role in the life of the School of Law community.

Programs of study and degree requirements
The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) David A. Clarke School of Law's curriculum offers a blend of theoretical and practical law. Students are required to participate in the School's Legal Clinic for two semesters, working with experienced attorney-professors on actual cases. The students perform 40 hours of community work in their first year and 700 hours of clinical work during their second and third years in addition to completing 76 credits of required and elective courses. After three years of full-time law study and successfully completing 90 credits, students receive the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. The School also offers an optional 10-credit or 4-credit internship program. The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law program emphasis is public interest law.

Located in Washington, D.C., the School of Law provides its students with employment and internship opportunities in legal settings, such as judicial clerkships, public interest organizations and groups, and in local and federal government agencies. Competition is keen in the Washington, D.C., legal community; however, UDC law students are well prepared for the marketplace because they acquire one year or more of actual legal experience before they graduate.

Facilities & Resources
The School of Law appreciates the importance of the law library to legal education and clinical work. To that end, the School is renovating its law library and providing $150,000 for the purchase of new titles during the current fiscal year. In addition, the School of Law has recently completed a new Clinical Law Library. This library houses the specialized materials used frequently by students and faculty members who work in the eight legal clinics. Currently, the law library has more than 200,000 volumes, including microform volume equivalents. The law library's computer lab provides access to word-processing software, as well as access to the Internet, WESTLAW, LEXIS-NEXIS, LoisLaw, and other legal related databases. In addition, the School of Law is installing a wireless network to provide students access to the Internet via their laptops from anywhere in the law library and classroom suite.

Expenses and Aid
The School of Law is a publicly supported institution and enjoys reasonable tuition rates. The School's resident tuition of $9,000 was the lowest rate among Washington, D.C., law schools. Students can be considered for district residency after one year. The non–District of Columbia resident tuition of $16,000 was one of the lowest rates among the city's law schools.

Financial Aid: The School of Law offers a comprehensive financial assistance program to its students and makes every effort to minimize costs associated with law school attendance. The financial aid program includes need-based grants, federally sponsored loans, work-study, and scholarships, such as the Thurgood Marshall and Activist Scholarships. The Admission and Financial Aid Committee oversees the merit scholarship program for entering and continuing students. The Dean's Fellowship Program provides financial assistance to its more competitive entering students. Qualified continuing students are considered as well for Dean's Fellowships. The continuing student Dean's Fellows are accorded special consideration for the more highly sought internships and employment opportunities.

Housing/Living Expenses: The University does not offer on-campus housing. The Law School assists entering students in locating adequate and affordable housing during the spring and summer months prior to their enrollment. Students live in Washington, D.C., and in suburban Maryland and Virginia. The Law School estimates housing and food costs at $7200 and $3500, respectively, for a nine-month period. Living in the Washington, D.C., area can be costly, so it is important that students start early in their search for housing.

How to Apply
The School of Law typically admits 100 students per year to its full-time program. The School is interested in recruiting a diverse and accomplished class. LSAT scores and grades play an important role in the admission process, but the Admission Committee does not place sole reliance on these two indices. The School is interested as well in the applicant's range of life experiences, graduate work, employment, community work, extracurricular activities, family background, and other factors. The Admission Committee looks for LSAT and GPA ranges of 147 to 154 or better and 2.9 to 3.5 or better, respectively. The application deadline is April 1, however, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Who to Contact
Office of Admission
Building 38, 2nd floor
David A. Clarke School of Law
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20008
Telephone: 202-274-7341


  • Katherine S. Broderick, J.D., Georgetown Law. Dean.
  • Ann Bishop Richardson, J.D., George Washington. Associate Dean.
  • Janice B. Washington, J.D., District of Columbia. Associate Dean.
  • Edward Allen, J.D., Georgetown Law.
  • Brian L. Baker, J.D., Catholic University. Director of the Law Library.
  • Robert L. Burgdorf Jr., J.D., Notre Dame.
  • Edgar S. Cahn, Ph.D., J.D., Yale.
  • Gay Gellhorn, J.D., Seattle.
  • James C. Gray, Jr., J.D., Harvard.
  • Louise A. Howells, LL.M., Georgetown.
  • Helen Frazer, LL.M., Yale.
  • Christine L. Jones, J.D., Wisconsin–Madison.
  • Thomas Mack, J.D., Chicago.
  • Laurie A. Morin, J.D., Northeastern.
  • William C. Pryor, LL.M., Virginia. Distinguished Professor of Law and Senior Judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals.
  • William L. Robinson, LL.B., Columbia.
  • Susan E. Sutler, J.D., Howard.
  • Carol M. Suzuki, J.D., Columbia.
  • Alice M. Thomas, J.D., Howard.
  • Joseph B. Tulman, J.D., North Carolina. Director of Legal Clinic.
  • Natalie Wasserman, J.D., District of Columbia.
  • Susan L. Waysdorf, J.D., Maryland.

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