Application Deadlines

Fall Semester – July 30
Spring Semester – November 30
Summer Semester – April 30

Application Requirements

  • APPLICATION – New applicants must submit a Non-Degree Application for Admission (pdf) and all supporting documents below. Please send to lawadmission@udc.edu.
    • COURSE AVAILABILITY – For the Fall 2021 semester, we are only offering the following courses for non-degree applicants:
      • Civil Procedure-(day or evening)
      • Constitutional Law-(day or evening)
      • Evidence-(day or evening)
      • Wills & Estates- (day only)
      • Tax I- (evening only)

      Approval to enroll in these courses is on a space-available basis. Please refer to the Academic Calendar and relevant Course Schedule when completing your application. These items are posted on the Forms and Schedules page.

    • PERSONAL STATEMENT – Typed in a 12-point font, and no longer than two (2) pages. Tell your story focusing on your initial interest in practicing the law and your interest in UDC Law.
    • CHARACTER AND FITNESSAll applicants are required to answer character and fitness questions on the application. It is your responsibility to fully and completely answer these questions. Should you answer “yes” to any of the character and fitness questions on the application, you will need to attach a detailed addendum.
  • A RESUME
  • AN OFFICIAL LAW SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT AND LETTER OF ACADEMIC STANDING – New applicants must submit a letter of academic standing from the appropriate law school official.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Since our office is currently working remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, an official law school transcript and letter of academic standing must be submitted by your previous law school to lawadmission@udc.edu, until further notice.
  • PROOF OF RESIDENCY – If claiming DC or DC Metro residency.
  • APPLICATION FEE – The application fee is $40.00. This fee is non-refundable and not applied toward tuition and fees upon matriculation. Please pay by Certified Check or Money Order, payable to “The University of the District of Columbia.” Mail your payment to UDC Law, Office of Admission, Suite 104, 4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008. Note on your payment: “UDC Law non-degree application fee.” Please also submit a copy of the payment along with your application.
  • RETURNING APPLICANTS – If you are a returning applicant, you must pay the application fee, submit an application, a copy of the payment, and an official transcript of all courses taken as a non-degree student at UDC Law to lawadmission@udc.edu. You can request your transcript from the Office of the Registrar.

Non-Degree Program

Graduates of foreign and state-accredited law schools, including those seeking to satisfy the requirement for additional study at an ABA-approved law school before sitting for the District of Columbia Bar Exam (see D.C. App. Rule 46(c)), may apply for admission as non-degree students.

Rule 46(c)(4) provides that an applicant who graduated from a non-ABA approved law school shall be permitted to take the D.C. bar examination only after successfully completing at least 26 credit hours of study in an ABA-approved law school. All 26 credit hours must be earned in courses which are substantially concentrated on a single subject tested on the Uniform Bar Exam.

This program is designed to assist applicants in meeting the requirements of Rule 46(c)(4) on a part-time basis over the course of three to four semesters (including summer).

Students enrolled in the non-degree program may take no more than ten (10) credits per semester in the Fall and Spring semesters and no more than six (6) credits in the Summer semester.

Students taking non-degree coursework are not eligible to be issued a Form I-20 under an F-1 visa status.

Subjects Tested on the Uniform Bar Examination

The Multi-State Bar Exam (MBE) consists of 200 multiple-choice questions on the following subjects: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

The Multi-State Essay Exam (MEE) consists of six 30-minute questions. Areas of law that may be covered on the MEE include the following: Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents’ Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions).

UDC Law courses that cover UBE topics:

Course and Credits Semester/Division Prerequisites
Contracts I (3) Fall (day and evening) None
Contracts II (3) Spring (day and evening) Contracts I
Torts I (3) Fall (day and evening) None
Torts II (3) Spring (day and evening) Torts I
Civil Procedure I (3) Fall (day and evening) None
Civil Procedure II (3) Spring (day and evening) Civil Procedure I
Criminal Law (3) Fall (day and evening) None
Criminal Procedure (3) Spring (day and evening) None
Constitutional Law I (4) Fall (day and evening) None
Constitutional Law II (4) Spring (day and evening) Constitutional Law I
Property I (3) Fall (day and evening) None
Property II (3) Spring (day and evening) Property I
Evidence (4) Fall (day and evening)
Summer (evening)
None
Business Organizations I (Agency & Partnership) (3) Fall (evening)
Summer (evening)
None
Business Organizations II (Corporations & LLC’s) (3) Spring (evening) None
Family Law (2-3) Fall (day)
Spring (alternate evenings)
None
Conflict of Laws (3) Spring (alternate day and evening) 3 or more of the following: Contracts I, Contracts, II, Property I, Property II, Torts I, Torts II
Wills and Estates (3) Spring (evenings) Property I and II
UCC (3-4) Spring (evenings) Contracts I and II