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

The School of Law is committed to academic support services and has hired a tenure-track faculty member to serve as Director of the Academic Success Program (ASP). The ASP has developed a comprehensive network of services that begins in the summer prior to the start of the first year of law school and continues through all three years of the course of study. The ASP program is based on a philosophy that emphasizes the teaching of metacognitive skills that are transferable from one context to another. This approach helps students understand how they learn and provides them with tools to improve their own learning in a variety of contexts.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 366
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 148 - 153
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.66 - 3.27
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 64.29%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 57.0%
In State Tuition $11,265
Out of State Tuition $21,885

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

The School of Law is committed to academic support services and has hired a tenure-track faculty member to serve as Director of the Academic Success Program (ASP). The ASP has developed a comprehensive network of services that begins in the summer prior to the start of the first year of law school and continues through all three years of the course of study. The ASP program is based on a philosophy that emphasizes the teaching of metacognitive skills that are transferable from one context to another. This approach helps students understand how they learn and provides them with tools to improve their own learning in a variety of contexts.

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At a GlanceThe University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) is the only public law school of the Nation's Capital. The School of Law is unique among law schools, with a service-centered mission of recruiting and enrolling students from underrepresented communities, a nationally-recognized clinical program and one of the most diverse student bodies in the country.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 81

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 44
Full-Time Faculty 20
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 2
Part-Time Faculty 22
Faculty Gender 54% Male
45% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 46% Male
54% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 49%
Multi-racial 1%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 32%
Asian 8%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $11,265 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $11,265 $11,265

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $21,885 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $21,885 $21,885

Financial Aid

90% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$40,644 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 28

Application Fee: $35

Incoming Class

University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 148 - 153
LSAT Part-Time 148 - 153
LSAT Total 148 - 153

University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.66 - 3.25
Part-Time 2.66 - 3.27
Total 2.66 - 3.27

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Important: Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency, Work Experience

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#1 Most Chosen By Older Students
#2 Most Diverse Faculty
#8 Best Environment for Minority Students
#8 Most Liberal Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 81%
First Time Pass Rate 64%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 81%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 50
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 57%
Average Starting Salary $40,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 9 17%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 2%
Business Industry 16 30%
Government 8 15%
Public Interest 8 15%
State Clerkship 5 9%
Academia 2 4%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 7 8%
Unemployed, Seeking 20 22%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 6 6%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
MD 11%
VA 19%
DC 34%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law include:

  • Keiffer Mitchell - Baltimore City Councilmember
  • Andrea Lyon - Death Penalty Attorney and Professor, DePaul University
  • Tom Devine - Legal Whistleblower Attorney and Director, Government Accountability Project
  • Kim Jones - Founder and Director, Advocates for Justice in Education
  • Thomas Kilbride - Illinois Supreme Court Justice

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