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Advocate for Justice Scholarships

Full-Tuition Advocate for Justice Scholarships

If you have an excellent academic record
and a proven and sincere commitment to justice,
you may be eligible to receive
a full-tuition law school scholarship!

The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) offers up to 20 full-tuition Advocate for Justice Scholarships each year. Their award is based equally upon evaluation of applicants' academic talent and their proven commitment as advocates for justice. Toward this end, the School considers applicants' undergraduate and graduate fields of study; grades; LSAT scores; publications; academic, personal and professional recommendations; as well as evidence of their professional experiences, community service and other pertinent information.

Due to UDC-DCSL's emphasis on demonstrated commitment to working for justice, successful scholarship applicants may be more than a few years out of college, with "real world" experience. We therefore strongly encourage second and third career applicants to apply. However, we do encourage applicants of all ages, including recent graduates who feel that their track record reveals a deep commitment to the social good.

Interested? Join our AFJ e-mail list for occasional updates on the School of Law and the Advocate for Justice Scholarship program!

Advocate for Justice Scholarship Application Instructions

To apply for the Advocate for Justice Scholarship:

  1. Apply for admission to the School of Law by the admission deadline; and
  2. Submit the Advocate for Justice Scholarship Application (.pdf) as soon as practicable thereafter. The application includes:
    • a 500-750 word personal statement designed to persuade the Scholarship Committee that you have been an advocate for justice and will make use of your UDC David A. Clarke School of Law degree to pursue justice;
    • a current resume or vitae or biographical statement; and
    • while not required, a reference letter that support your AFJ application.

The Scholarship Committee welcomes applicants to share information on specific legal career goals, if they have them. If applicants do not have a clearly developed practice area in mind, they should explain to the Committee what in their personal background and history demonstrates their values and/or proves their commitment to serving as an advocate for justice. The Committee is particularly interested in the applicant's having taken initiative, having applied creativity, having organized others, having participated in public discussion or debate, or in other activities working for justice.

Applicants should note that the Advocate for Justice Scholarship will cover three years of Fall and Spring semesters for full-time students, or 90 credits total for part-time students. The Scholarship does not cover summer courses for full-time students, which are optional.


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