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Full-Tuition Advocate for Justice Scholarships

The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke Law School, the only public law school in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to providing a quality, hands-on legal education for its students; providing legal services to low-income D.C. residents; and increasing diversity within the legal profession. The School of Law is fully-accredited by the ABA and has been ranked one of the most diverse law schools in the nation, as well as having one of the best clinical programs in the nation. In addition, the School's students and faculty provide more than 100,000 hours of free legal services for low-income D.C. residents each year.

The School of Law offers up to 20 full-tuition Advocate for Justice scholarships each year in order to further our goal of recruiting and enrolling future public interest lawyers who will graduate from law school with minimal debt, thus free to choose a career path based on their values.

Applicants are evaluated holistically based on academic talent and their proven commitment as advocates for justice. We encourage applicants of all ages and experience levels, from recent graduates who feel that their track record reveals a deep commitment to the social good, to individuals seeking to embark on a second or third career. District of Columbia residents, people of color and others from groups under-represented in the legal profession, as well as those interested in public interest law, are strongly encouraged to apply.

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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