The American Bar Association (ABA) Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools, Standard 509, requires all law schools to publicly disclose certain categories of information on their websites. Standard 509(a) also requires that all consumer information reported by law schools shall be complete, accurate and not misleading to a reasonable law school student or applicant.
We strive to provide you with information that is complete, accurate, and not misleading throughout our website. In addition, to make it more convenient for you, we have gathered all of the required ABA information together on this page.
Admission to the Bar (Standard 504)
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Information Report (Standard 509(b))
The Standard 509 Information Report summarizes information that the School of Law provided to the American Bar Association in its Annual Questionnaire. Click here to read the 2015 Standard 509 Information Report.
Transfer Credits (Standard 509(c))
Standard 509(c) requires law schools to publicly disclose policies regarding the transfer of credit earned at another institution of higher education.
Our policy may be found in Section 3.10 of the Student Handbook. You can access the entire Student Handbook here.
The relevant section provides as follows:
3.10 Transfer of Credits
3.10.1 Credits Earned Prior to Admission
Students who transfer from another law school to UDC-DCSL must submit, during or before their acceptance of admission a written petition to the Associate Dean, official transcripts to the Office of Admission. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will analyze the transcripts and decide which credits to accept. The Office of Admission will notify students in writing of the transferable credits.
A maximum of thirty (30) credits earned prior to admission may be applied toward the satisfaction of UDC-DCSL's graduation requirements, subject to the Associate Dean's approval and the following conditions:
a. The school from which a student is transferring must be an ABA accredited law school or a non-ABA approved law school if it has been granted the power to confer the J.D. degree by the appropriate governmental authority or its graduates are permitted to sit for the bar examination in that jurisdiction and the contents of the courses meet UDC-DCSL requirements;
b. The student must be in good standing at that school;
c. The student must have achieved a grade of "C" or better in the course; and
d. If UDC-DCSL offers the course, the number of credits transferred will be equal either to the credits earned in the course at the other school or at UDC-DCSL, whichever is lower.
A transfer student is subject to the same graduation, honors, and residency requirements as any other matriculated UDC-DCSL student.
Transferred credits are treated the same as a "Pass." They count toward the student's credit requirements, but the grade is not included in the calculation of the student's UDC-DCSL cumulative grade-point average (CGPA).
The School of Law also permits students who are enrolled and in good academic standing to take up to six hours of credit a semester as a non-visitor at other ABA-accredited institutions. The policies governing such transfer credits may be found at Section 3.10.2 of the Student Handbook.
The School of Law does not have any established articulation agreements regarding transfer of credit with other institutions.
Employment Statistics (Standard 509(d))
Employment data for three years of graduates are posted on the website at http://www.law.udc.edu/?page=EmploymentStatistics
This information represents a "snapshot" of post-graduate employment nine months after graduation.
Conditional Scholarships (Standard 509(e))
The School of Law does not currently and has not for the past three academic years offered conditional scholarships.
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Accreditation (Standard 509(f))
The School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. The ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar may be contacted as follows:
Office of the Consultant on Legal Education /
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
Procedures for Responding to Student Complaints Regarding Compliance with the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools (Standard 510)
As an ABA-accredited law school, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law is subject to the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools. The ABA Standards may be found at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/standards.html. Any student of the School of Law who wishes to bring a formal complaint to the administration of a significant problem that directly implicates the School of Law’s program of legal education and its compliance with the ABA Standards should do the following:
The relevant section provides as follows:
1. Submit the complaint in writing to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Associate Dean of Students. The writing
may consist of an e-mail, U.S. mail, or fax.
2. The writing should describe in detail the behavior, program, process, or other matter that is the subject of the complaint, and should explain how the matter implicates the School of Law’s program of legal education and its compliance with a specific, identified ABA
3. The writing must provide the name, e-mail address, phone number and street address of the complaining student, for
further communication about the complaint.
4. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Associate Dean of Students will acknowledge the complaint within five (5)
business days of receipt. Acknowledgement may be made by e-mail, U.S. mail, or by personal delivery, at the option of the
5. Within three (3) weeks of acknowledgment of the complaint, the administrator or the administrator’s designee shall either meet
with the complaining student, or respond to the substance of the complaint in writing. In this meeting or writing, the
student should either receive a substantive response to the complaint, or information about what steps are being taken by the School of Law to address the complaint or further investigate the complaint. If further investigation is needed, within two (2) weeks of completion of the investigation, the student shall be provided with either a substantive response to the complaint or information about what
steps are being taken by the School of Law to address the complaint.
6. Within two (2) weeks after receiving a substantive response to the complaint, the student who filed the initial complaint may appeal the decision to the Dean of the School of Law. Any decision made by the Dean shall be final.
7. A copy of the complaint and a summary of the process and resolution of the complaint shall be kept in the office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for a period of eight (8) years from the date of final resolution of the complaint.