UDC Law’s Clinical Program has been ranked number five in Clinical Training in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Graduate School Rankings, released today. The program is up one spot from last year, having risen steadily from the thirteenth spot each year since 2019.
All UDC Law students are required to participate in legal clinics where they work on ongoing cases with clients under the supervision of an attorney-professor. Students attending the day program must participate in a minimum of two clinics while evening students engage in an intensive clinic designed to accommodate their schedules.
One vital purpose of the UDC Law Clinical Program is to provide legal services to citizens of the District of Columbia who could not otherwise afford representation. UDC Law’s Clinical Program offers experience in a variety of areas, including community development law, youth justice, general practice, housing and consumer law, immigration and human rights, legislation and civil rights, whistleblower protection (through the Government Accountability Project), criminal law and tax law.
Associate Dean of Clinical and Experiential Programs Lindsay M. Harris said, “Students are drawn to UDC Law because of our dual mission to provide legal services those in need and to empower those from marginalized communities to join the legal profession. I am so proud to be a part of that mission and that the excellence of our students, faculty and staff is recognized through this year’s clinical rankings, reflecting our deep commitment to experiential education.”
“I am tremendously proud of the terrific work being done by our clinics to address the justice gap in the country,” Dean Renée McDonald Hutchins said. “Our students graduate as better lawyers and unmet legal needs in the District and beyond are addressed through the incredible hard work and high-quality representation being provided by our clinical faculty and student attorneys.”
Congratulations to our entire Clinical Program faculty and staff from the 2020-2021 school year.
Community Development Law Clinic Jerome Hughes, Director and Assistant Professor of Law
General Practice Clinic Tianna Gibbs, Co-Director and Associate Professor of Law Andrew Budzinski, Co-Director and Assistant Professor of Law LaShanda Taylor Adams, Professor of Law, Director Family Defense Section
Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Lindsay M. Harris, Director and Professor of Law
Youth Justice Clinic Mae C. Quinn, Director and Professor of Law
Legislation and Civil Rights Clinic Marcy Karin, Director and Jack and Lovell Olender Professor of Law
Tax Clinic Jacqueline Lainez Flanagan, Director and Associate Professor of Law
Renée McDonald Hutchins, Dean
Heather Molina, Managing Attorney (former)