University of the District of Columbia- David A. Clarke School of Law

University of the District of Columbia- David A. Clarke School of Law

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The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law is D.C.'s only public law school. It was founded in 1986 after Antioch Law School closed its doors. That school had championed the rights of low-income people and minorities, and UDC carries forth that tradition.

“The core mission of UDC Law to recruit and train students from communities underrepresented at the bar and to provide a comprehensive, practical legal education to graduates while serving those who cannot afford a lawyer in the District,” said Interim Dean John Brittain. 

The majority of students come to the law school because they identify with the school's mission — to produce public interest, public service, and public policy lawyers.

It is one of the top public interest law schools in the nation, and the school strives to represent the legal needs of low income D.C. residents through the school’s legal clinics. To accomplish that, it offers clinical programs to help serve the community and prepare students. All UDC law students are required to do pro bono work, and first-year students who complete 40 hours receive a $4,000 stipend through the Joseph Rauh Public Interest Fellowship. The school reported more pro bono hours per student than any other law school in the nation in 2017 — 363 hours per student. 

Located in Northwestern Washington D.C., the public school’s mission includes recruiting and enrolling “students from racial, ethnic, and other backgrounds traditionally underrepresented at the bar.” UDC consistently ranks as having one of the most diverse faculties and student bodies. It ranked No. 8 for African American students in 2018, and No. 10 for all diversity in 2017. 

It also ranks high for practical training, earning an A and placing No. 20 in the nation. That was largely due to a higher percent of students who work in a clinic. The school also ranks high for trial advocacy.  

With its historic commitment to public service and graduating students underrepresented at the bar, UDC Law offers a part-time evening program and guarantees first-year students up to $5,000 in funding at summer public interest internships through the school’s Rauh Summer Fellowship program. 


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75th Percentile1503.22
25th Percentile1452.59
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$10,049$17,987
Living Expenses
Median grant$6000
Percent receiving grants57.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 80.30%
NJ Employment60.14
Bar Passage38.46%
Academic Profile
Best Law Schools 2019: Most Diverse: 
#8 - Black
Best Law Schools 2018: Practical Training: 
Criminal Law and Procedure
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Human Rights
Public Interest/Social Justice
Public Policy
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Trial Advocacy