Office of Career and Professional Development
Office of Career and Professional Development
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
4340 Connecticut Avenue NW, Room 476
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202) 274-5582
Welcome from the Office of Career and Professional Development
The mission of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) is to provide students and alumni with a solid foundation for professional development, beginning with matriculation at the school and continuing throughout their professional lives, and to provide employers with the services they need to recruit our students and graduates.
The School of Law’s underlying dual mission to admit, educate and graduate students from communities underrepresented at the bar, and to serve the public interest, has fostered enormous support from judges, directors of public interest organizations, heads of government agencies, and lawyers in private practice. These “friends” of the law school, as well as our hundreds of alumni, work hard with us to help students and alumni find exciting, substantive internships, judicial clerkships, and permanent positions.
OCPD strives to provide students and alumni with the services, programs and resources they need to navigate the various stages of establishing and building a career, as well as career changes. The OCPD does not “place” students and alumni in positions. Only employers have the power to hire law students and graduates for legal and other positions. However, the OCPD offers support to students and alumni every step of the way in their job search by providing professional advice, relevant information and opportunities to connect with employers through its Symplicity database and on and off-campus events.
The School of Law’s small size permits individualized counseling by OCPD staff who are available in-person or by telephone to students and alumni by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please use the appointment request page in Symplicity.
Services include general career exploration and planning, strategizing, resume and cover letter preparation, development of networking and interviewing skills, as well as how to consider and negotiate offers of employment. Programs include guest speakers from a wide variety of practice areas in the public and private sectors. Resources include extensive web site materials, online job postings and subscription databases for students and alumni, as well as a small library.
All students are requested to upload their current resume to their Symplicity profile.
The School of Law collects and reports information regarding graduate employment outcomes in accordance with American Bar Association standards.
Your Pathway to Success
UDC Law CareerNet (Symplicity)
CareerNet is the primary resource for law students and alumni to find out about new job and internship postings, and it is continuously updated. Students and alumni may access various job databases to which OCPD subscribes, post their resume and cover letters for review, and find announcements about programs and relevant off-campus events, such as job fairs. Employers can post and edit their positions, and search for resumes. Registration is required.
OCPD’s Job Posting Policy, Non-Discrimination Policy, and Reciprocity Policy. Law students at other schools who wish to access UDC Law resources should read the Reciprocity Policy. NOTE for UDC Law students and graduates: Reciprocity is not permitted with other D.C. area law schools, including American, Catholic, George Mason, George Washington, Georgetown, and Howard.
The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC Law) is the public law school of the District of Columbia. Its mission is to provide a well-rounded theoretical and practical legal education that will enable students to be effective and ethical advocates; to recruit and enroll students from communities underrepresented at the bar; and to serve the public interest. The UDC Law Office of Career & Professional Development (OCPD) posts job notices to students and alumni as a service to them and the employers. In keeping with the School of Law’s mission, OCPD gives priority to listings from UDC Law students and alumni, as well as faculty and staff, public interest and minority organizations, and positions in metropolitan Washington, DC. OCPD does not publish requests from individuals or organizations seeking representation in a legal matter. OCPD does not check, validate or guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, nor does it make any representations, endorsements about the nature of the work, the background or the reputation of the employer. Potential applicants are advised and encouraged to research with care employers and employment opportunities presented on this website and through all sources.
ABA Employment Summary Reports
The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law collects and reports information regarding graduate employment outcomes in accordance with American Bar Association standards. The reports below represent employment outcomes as of 10 months after graduation. Employment information is gathered from a variety of sources, including graduate self-reporting, alumni surveys, faculty and administrator reports, employer information, and electronic resources including social media.
- ABA Employment Summary for the Class of 2022 (pdf)
- ABA Employment Summary for the Class of 2021 (pdf)
- ABA Employment Summary for the Class of 2020 (pdf)
In addition, below are the School of Law’s three most recent National Association for Law Placement (NALP) summary reports. NALP summary reports for the prior year’s graduating class are released to NALP-member schools each Fall.