Tuesday, 11 March 2014 19:20

UDC Law School - Social Justice Law

Written by  Joe Libertlli | UDC Law School
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and UDC Law School Students Sen. Elizabeth Warren and UDC Law School Students

The public service-oriented UDC David A. Clarke School of Law ( is the public law school of the nation’s capital. Unlike most other law schools in America, all UDC-DCSL students receive a high-quality, practical, hands-on program of legal study. In addition to the traditional law curriculum, each UDC-DCSL student, under the close supervision of attorney-professors, provides 700 hours of much-needed legal service to low-income Washington, DC residents in one of the School’s eight clinics.

UDC-DCSL also boasts one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies among law schools with about 50% students of color, over 50% women, an average age of 29, representing an interesting array of life experiences.  In fact, UDC-DCSL was named the nation’s most diverse law school by National Jurist Magazine in November, 2012 – see


Among the nation’s most affordable, the School of Law’s 2014-15 full-time program tuition rates are $10,620 for District residents and $21,240 for non-residents. The part-time evening program 2014-15 cost is $360 per credit hour for D.C. residents and $720 per credit hour for non-District residents.  District residency may be established one full year before classes begin for a given semester. See


UDC-DCSL also offers its students a comprehensive financial aid program.  The program offers 1) partial to full-tuition merit-based scholarships for first-year and eligible continuing students; 2) need-based grants; 3) work-study; and 4) loans.  Students who earn a 3.00 GPA or better their first year may be eligible for a partial tuition “Dean’s Fellow” scholarship for the second year.   


One of our more select scholarship programs is the Advocate for Justice Scholarship, a competitive three- or four-year full-tuition scholarship for students with outstanding academic credentials PLUS a track record of commitment to advocacy for justice.  See for details.


In addition, UDC-DCSL provides paid summer public interest fellowships to all students who have completed their first year.  Through their summer placements, students build substantive expertise and commitment, make valuable professional contacts, and provide vitally needed legal services — often to individuals and communities who otherwise could not afford a lawyer.  See


The New Pathways to the Profession Program 

The School of Law has also taken curricular “action” to help assure our competitiveness.  Building on our clinical program, we now offers, 8 specializations we call “Pathways” to help students choose core courses, electives, clinics and other experiential learning opportunities that connect with specific areas of study and career paths. The idea is to help students develop an individualized program of study that leads in the direction of a specific career goal. By following a Pathway, students can build a body of knowledge, skills and experience that will prepare them for practice in a chosen field.  It will also help them build a network of like-minded colleagues, faculty advisors, alumni and prospective employers to help them make the transition from law school to practice.  See Intro.


UDC Law Graduate Employment 

UDC Law graduates are, in fact, competing effectively with graduates of other law schools.  See a partial list of recent graduates’ placements at


See the School of Law Fact Sheet:




The Next “Law Day” Open House is on Saturday, March 22! 

Our next open house for prospective students will be held on Saturday, March 22.  Attending a Law Day is the best way a potential law student can get the information and “feel” for School of Law staff, faculty and students she or he needs to consider applying.  For more information and to register, prospective students can go to


Application Process: 

An undergraduate degree and the LSAT are required. Prospective students may apply through the Law School Admission Council, (LSAC) at  For more information, see:


2014-15 LSAT Test Dates: 

Scores from the June 2014 LSAT may be used and can be appended to an otherwise complete application.


To check for various registration deadlines and to register:


The Application 

A complete application to UDC-DCSL consists of the Application for Admission, with a personal statement and response to the essay question; the $35.00 application fee; a Law School Report from LSAC's Credential Assembly Service, which includes all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, letters of recommendation, and the LSAT score; and a Declaration of Residency from candidates claiming District residency. Complete the Friend and Prospective Student Contact Form.


The Law School Report 

All applicants must register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) <>. Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic work, and all letters of recommendation, should be submitted directly to CAS rather than the School of Law. CAS will provide produce a Law School Report that includes the candidate's LSAT score, copies of all transcripts, analysis of transcripts AND copies of all recommendations. The LSAC law school code for UDC-DCSL is 5245.


The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) 

The LSAT <> is given four times a year. All applicants must have taken the test within five years of the Fall semester they plan to enroll. The score is considered by the School's Admission Committee in tandem with other academic and non-academic information provided in the application. Applicants should provide any information that would be helpful to the Committee in reviewing their LSAT scores, and retake the test if their scores are significantly inconsistent with previous test performance. Candidates taking multiple tests should consider including such information with their applications.


LSAC contact information is as follows: 

Law School Admission Council (

P. O. Box 2000

Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940-0998

(215) 968-1001



- If an applicant referred by an alum is admitted and enrolls, he or she will receive a $500 Alumni Legacy Grant! Alumni referrals who receive the Legacy admission grant are not precluded from consideration for receiving other scholarships and financial aid!

- To sit in on a class, contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Our Law Day Open House programs are held in March and November. 

- The Spring 2014 Law Day Open House will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014.  For more information on, or to register for, the upcoming Open House, please visit


Social Media 

- Get a sense of us – and “like” us - on Facebook at

- Follow us on Twitter at

- Link to us on LinkedIn at:  



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Trans Pacific Partnership Fast Track - Where Does Your Legislator Stand

Click your state to see your Senators and Representatives

Green = Most Legislators Oppose Fast Track, Yellow = Some Opposition, Orange = Oppose TPP, Gray = Unknown
DeLauro 13 - Signed 2013 DeLauro/Miller letter
Pocan - Signed Freshman Letter Opposing Fast Track
W/M - Signed Ways and Means Letter opposing TPP
Gibson - Signed Rep. Chris Gibson letter opposing TPP
SOPA - Oppose Stop Online Piracy Act - voted against
Currency - Oppose Currency Manipulation (Signed Michaud Letter)
Textile - Oppose changes to "First Yarn" (Signed Textile Industry Letter)

Published Letters to the Editor

  • Pacific trade pact would do more harm than good: Guest opinion

    If government and big business representatives from 12 countries spend years negotiating a massive new trade bill but don't tell the general public about it, does it still go into effect? Can it still accelerate the flow of American jobs to countries that have abysmal records on human rights and labor rights, countries like Vietnam? Can it still spur a race to the bottom where Americans forfeit their moral, environmental and employment standards for larger trade deficits of cheap imported goods and minimum wage employment at home?

    Written on Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

Join our Twitter Storm

If you have a Twitter account you can help stop Fast Track on the TPP. Sign-in to your Twitter account and copy and paste the Tweets from our Twitter storm. Or you can copy your favorite Tweet and then click on the map and Tweet your legislator.

Twitter Storm Tweets for Tuesday, January 28th @ 9pm Eastern

Tweets for the special State of the Union Twitter Storm will be posted on January 28th at 8pm EST. Check back for the new Tweets.

Find Your Member of Congress

Click here to quickly find your member of Congress by putting in your home address. This site also features a one-click link to the same information in Spanish


Then call and ask them to oppose Fast Track on the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Sample script is below.


“I'm a constituent, and I am strongly opposed to my representative giving away Congress’ constitutional authority to control our trade policy. We send people to Congress to stand up for us, not give away their power to stop more American job offshoring and protect us from dangerous imported food that doesn’t meet our safety standards. This latest so-called trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), would not only do that - but also ban Buy American and increase our medicine prices. That’s why it’s crucial that Congress not give away its authority to make sure every provision of TPP is in our interest before this massive deal can be signed. Good trade deals don’t need to be railroaded through Congress using Fast Track. I hope my representative will commit to opposing this outrageous legislation.”

Email Your Senators and Rep - Say No On Fast Track and TPP

Send an email directly to your Senators and Representatives courtesy of our partners at CWA. Enter your zip code and your members are automatically selected.


Sign the ERA Petition


On Friday, September 12th more than 150 activists will go to DC and Demand that their Senators and Representatives support removing the ratification deadline from the ERA (SJ Res 15 and HJ Res 113)


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Lori Wallach on the TPP from PDA Progressive Roundtable

Progressive Roundtable with Reps. Ellison and Pocan and Lori Wallach on TPP

TPP: The Biggest Threat to the Internet You've Probably Never Heard Of

Flush the TPP

Congress only has one more week in session this year, the week of December 9. So far our pressure to stop the TPP has been working. Visit Flush the TPP for calling scripts and links to Members of the Ways and Means Committee.

Flush the TPP