PRACTICE LAW.

PROMOTE JUSTICE.

CHANGE LIVES.

The mission of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law is to recruit and enroll students from groups underrepresented at the bar, to provide a well-rounded theoretical and practical legal education that will enable students to be effective and ethical advocates, and to represent the legal needs of low-income District of Columbia residents through the school’s legal clinics.

Dean’s Message

Thank you for considering UDC Law! I am delighted you are thinking of joining the Firebird Nation.

As the only public law school in the District of Columbia, and as an HBCU committed to opening the legal profession to groups underrepresented at the bar, UDC Law trains students to promote justice, value diversity, and interact effectively with people from a range of racial, social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. Each new class of students earns its place in the rich legacy that is UDC Law.

In the decades since its founding, UDC Law has successfully graduated thousands of students while providing life-changing legal services to countless low-income District residents. The school has attracted a stellar faculty of experienced attorneys and scholars. Our staff is multi-talented and deeply committed to the mission. And, our graduates are thriving as attorneys at all levels of government and in practice, as judges, and as law school deans and professors in the Washington region and beyond. As former Attorney General Eric Holder said at a recent UDC Law Gala, “We need lawyers trained in the UDC Law clinical model now more than ever.

UDC Law’s nationally recognized service-learning programs, cutting-edge clinical offerings, and
transformational public service projects continue to innovate, inspire, and lead in legal education. I am delighted you are considering becoming a part of our family.

With warmest regards,



Renée McDonald Hutchins

Dean and Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Public Interest Law

Our graduates are thriving as attorneys at all levels of government and in practice, as judges, and as law school deans and professors in the Washington region and beyond.

HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL.

UDC Law champions diversity in the legal profession and combines an academic program of access and excellence with a deeply held belief in the transformative power of the law.

The law school building, just steps away from the UDC-Van Ness Metro stop, means our students enjoy easy access to all the District of Columbia has to offer. With the District’s expansive public transit system and highly walkable network of neighborhood streets, our perfectly positioned campus in Northwest is only a short Metrorail or Metrobus ride to Federal Triangle and the many non-profit organizations, cooperatives, and D.C. government agencies and courts where our student attorneys learn to practice law by serving District residents in need. 

The District offers unparalleled cultural opportunities as well, with countless historic sites and museums free and open to the public. Whether you’re walking along the historic U Street Corridor or enjoying Dupont Circle, D.C. boasts a vibrant night life and a burgeoning food scene with a wealth of diverse neighborhood restaurants that have earned D.C.’s place as the nation’s culinary capital. 

UDC Law offers its students a first-rate education at an exceptionally affordable price, holding out the promise to meaningful employment without the burden of unmanageable student debt. Our school boasts the lowest law school tuition rates in the region and the law school also guarantees to qualifying first-year law students up to $5,000 for summer public interest fellowships, enabling students to acquire 400 hours of real-world legal training through summer placements at public interest and governmental organizations.

One of the nation’s few law schools at a historically black college or university (HBCU), UDC Law champions diversity in the legal profession and combines an academic program of access and excellence with a deeply held belief in the transformative power of the law. Our law school is home to one of the most diverse law school student bodies in the nation, with significant representation by women, people of color, and older students. The Princeton Review (2019) ranks UDC Law No. 1 in the nation for “Most Chosen by Older Students,” No. 2 for “Most Diverse Faculty,” No. 4 for “Greatest Resources for Women,” and No. 5 for “Greatest Resources for Minority Students.”

Through UDC Law’s Clinical and Experiential Programs, our law students gain the experience they need to graduate practice-ready while advancing the law school’s historic mission of providing critical legal services to low-income Washingtonians.

1. UDC Law Standard 509 ABA Information Report 2018

PRACTICAL TRAINING WHILE PROMOTING JUSTICE.

UDC Law pioneered clinical legal education in America. Nearly fifty years since the law school’s founding, clinical legal education has emerged as a core feature of every law school in the country, and UDC Law’s Clinical Program is consistently ranked among the best in the nation for clinical legal education by U.S. News & World Report.

Please note that not all clinics are offered every semester.

Community Development Law Clinic

Represents nonprofit organizations and small, urban entrepreneurs in support of community building efforts by low-wealth communities in the District of Columbia. 

Criminal Law Clinic

Defends adults charged with misdemeanors, minors facing delinquency proceedings, and clients seeking to seal criminal records. Operated in partnership with Rising for Justice.

General Practice Clinic

Provides comprehensive civil legal services to low-income and elderly District residents, representing clients in areas such as family law, public benefits, and estate planning. 

Housing & Consumer Law Clinic

Fights for quality affordable housing for low-income District residents, defending against illegal rent increases and evictions and bringing affirmative litigation to combat housing discrimination and other abuses. 

Immigration & Human Rights Clinic

Provides direct representation to survivors of persecution and violence before the U.S. Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and other administrative and court venues.

Legislation Clinic

Undertakes systemic reform and public policy projects that advance the public interest through quality representation to local organizations in need of legislative lawyering services. 

Tax Clinic

Provides students with hands-on experience representing taxpayers with active tax controversies before the IRS, in U.S. Tax Court and, in limited instances, state tax agencies.

Whistleblower Protection Clinic

Based at the non-profit Government Accountability Project, represents government and private sector employees who expose abuses of power that betray the public trust.

Youth Justice Clinic

Represents children, youthful offenders, parents/guardians, or other interested stakeholders in delinquency appeals, sentencing challenges, or other cases or causes that present youth justice issues.

ESTABLISHING YOUR CAREER.

UDC Law graduates enjoy prominent positions in diverse practice areas spanning governmental, public interest, and private practice. Our dedication to public service is well known and respected by employers, and we are ranked No. 2 in the nation by Law.com (2019) for government and public interest job placement. As a result, graduating students are perfectly positioned for high-quality employment. 

The below list represents just a few of the many employers with whom UDC Law graduates practice law.

Government

U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban     
     Development
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Council of the District of Columbia
U.S. Social Security Administration
U.S. Small Business Administration
Library of Congress
U.S. Navy JAG Corps
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
U.S. Department of Justice 
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
D.C. Department of Energy and Environment 
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. General Services Administration
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing 
     and Regulation
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity 
     Commission
U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 
     Office of the Inspector General
Federal Communications Commission
Office of the State Superintendent of 
     Education 
U.S. Senate Committee on Aging
New York City Department of Health and 
     Mental Hygiene
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 
U.S. Air Force 
U.S. Department of State 
U.S. Coast Guard 
U.S. Department of the Navy 
D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music 
     and Entertainment
D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel 
Federal Election Commission 
U.S. House of Representatives 

Law Firms

Noble & Vrapi 
Paul Weiss  
Reed Smith  
Baker & Hostetler
Goldblatt Martin Posen LLP  
Griffin, Murphy & Wiggins, LLP 
Ashcraft & Gerel  
Byrd & Byrd  
Delaney McKinney LLP  
Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost  
Baker Donelson 
Vasseghi Law, PLLC
WMR Immigration Law Group, LLC
Jayson Farthing Skafidas Wright 
WMR Immigration Law Group, LLC
U.S. Department of Transportation
Martin F. McMahon & Associates  
Price Benowitz, LLP 
Simeone & Miller, LLP 
Kinnear Law Office, LLC  
New Weiming Law Group  
Hartel DeSantis & Howie, LLP  
Benach Collopy, LLP 
Pasternak & Fidis, P.C. 
Colucci Law Group 
Lewis & Tompkins, P.C. 

Public Interest/Nonprofit

Legal Services of Northern Virginia
Disability Rights D.C.
Disability Rights California
AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly
District of Columbia Public Defender 
     Services
Miami-Dade Public Defender
National Academy of Sciences
Association of American Medical Colleges
D.C. Affordable Law Firm
D.C. SAFE
Committee for Public Counsel Services 
     – The Public Defender Agency of 
     Massachusetts (Boston, MA)
Inter-American Development Bank
National Center for Youth Law 
Break the Cycle
March of Dimes
ACLU of the District of Columbia Neighborhood Legal Services Program
The Center for Responsive Politics
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
International Refugee Assistance Project
Service Employees International Union
National Center for Victims of Crime 
United States Conference of Catholic 
     Bishops 

Business

Discovery, Inc.
Discover Financial Services, Inc.
Bloomberg GNA
Engility Corporation
IBM
AOL-Huffington Post 
Ally Financial (Charlotte, NC)
Keller Williams Capital Properties (Washington, DC)
BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc. (Novato, CA)
CACI International, Inc. (Alexandria, VA)
Booz Allen Hamilton (Washington, DC)
Integrated Technology Solutions, Inc. – ITSI (Columbia, MD) 

Judicial Clerkships

District of Columbia Superior Court
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Maryland Circuit Court
Maryland District Court
Maryland Court of Special Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (although this clerkship hasn’t started yet)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Delaware Family Court
Michigan 7th Circuit Court (Flint, MI)
Supreme Court of Virginia (not sure if this was a clerkship though)
Superior Court of California
Superior Court of Virginia
Superior Court of Alaska 

OUTSTANDING VALUE.

UDC Law is the District’s most affordable law school, with preferential tuition rates for residents of D.C. and the D.C. Metro area. Our small size and 8:1 student to faculty ratio foster a spirit of support and collaboration and deliver outstanding value.

Day-Time Student Annual Tuition Fees

DC RESIDENT

$12,438

METRO RESIDENT

$18,656

NON RESIDENT

$24,873

Evening Student Annual Tuition Fees

DC RESIDENT

$9,284

METRO RESIDENT

$13,882

NON RESIDENT

$18,546

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson mandela

THE NEXT STEP.

Applying to UDC Law: Navigating our Application Process

  • Research: the school and be cognizant of application deadline.
  • Connect: Attend a recruiting event the University of the District of Columbia is hosting or participating in.
  • Register: Sign up for a secure account at LSAC.org. Sign up for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) on LSAC.org.
  • Prepare: Prepare for the LSAT. Sign up for the preparatory program that best fits your learning style.
  • Apply: Complete application and apply via LSAC.org. The LSAC school code for UDC Law is 5245.
  • Track: Track the status of your application through link provided after application is received by UDC Law.
  • Complete: Complete FAFSA application at fafsa.ed.gov. The UDC Law FAFSA code is B08083.
September 25Fall Application Opens
October 1FAFSA Becomes Available
School Code: B08083
February 15Priority Fall Application Deadline
May 1Fall Application Deadline
June 30Need-Based Scholarship Deadline

Get in touch with an Admission Representative today!

lawadmission@udc.edu

(202) 274-7341

4340 Connecticut Ae NW
Washington, DC 20008

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

UDC Law is proud to be part of a University committed to developing transformative, ethical leaders and improving access to economic opportunity for all. The University of the District of Columbia is the pinnacle of the public system of education in the District. An education here opens doors to opportunities that can only be found in the nation’s capital. 

Know your UDC

UDC is the only public institution of higher learning in the District of Columbia.

UDC serves all aspects of the District community, in addition to students from around the nation and the world. 

UDC has the most affordable tuition of any university in the District. (collegecalc.org)

UDC has the safest college campus in the District. (ADTsecurity.com) 

UDC has the lowest faculty-student ratio of any college in the region. 

UDC ranks in the top ten of 102 Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country. (Wall Street Journal)

UDC is the nation’s only exclusively urban land-grant university

Photo of the UDC Student Center at dusk