Admission Policy

UDC Law seeks to enroll academically qualified students who have demonstrated a commitment to public service. Because of UDC Law’s mission to admit and educate under-represented communities within the legal field, the Admission Committee reviews each application holistically and admits those they believe are capable of successfully completing the J.D. program and being admitted to the bar.

Factors considered by the admission committee may include LSAT scores, academic performance, writing samples, work experience, and recommendations that speak to the applicant’s professional promise, judgement, integrity, character, skills, and leadership potential.

Admission Determinations

Once an application has been marked as “Complete,” the application is forwarded to the admission committee for a decision. In some cases, an application will be held for ongoing consideration. Applicants can check the status of their application online at

Admitted Students

Once an applicant is admitted, they must submit a non-refundable seat deposit of $400 to reserve their seat in the incoming class. The deadline to submit the non-refundable seat deposit will be noted in the acceptance letter.

Deferred Enrollment

UDC Law reviews deferral requests on a case-by-case basis. Admitted students can submit a request that must include a detailed explanation for the deferral and be submitted to  no later than June 15th. Please note: deferral requests are not automatically approved. Admitted students whose deferral requests are denied and decline to attend after being admitted must reapply for admission the following application cycle.

Character And Fitness

All applicants are required to answer character and fitness questions on the application. Should you answer “yes” to any of the character and fitness questions on the application, you will need to attach a detailed addendum. Applicants should be aware that a license to practice law requires admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for the jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission. See more information here: National Conference of Bar Examiners