Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree Program
With Concentration In
Clinical Education, Social Justice, and Systems Change
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law—well known for its leadership in clinical legal education and for its public interest mission—is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities in the following clinics:
- Community Development Legal Clinic
- General Practice Clinic
- Immigration & Human Rights Clinic
- Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic / Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth
- Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
LL.M. Program Description
The two-year LL.M. program includes coursework in clinical pedagogy, public interest law, and systems change. LL.M. candidates will work under the supervision of the Law School’s experienced faculty to supervise and teach J.D. students enrolled in our clinics.
By the end of the second academic year each LL.M. candidate will produce a culminating project in the form of a scholarly work of publishable quality or project designed to impact systems change.
- LL.M. candidates will receive an annual stipend of approximately $50,000 plus benefits.
- The program begins on August 1st.
- Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
- Specific clinic descriptions are provided below.
Please submit the following:
- A response to the following questions in no more than 1,000 words (two pages): In your area of concentration, what systemic problems have you identified? How do you envision using the law to transform the system?
- Writing Sample
- Law School Transcript (official)
- Two letters of recommendation from persons with personal knowledge of your capabilities and commitment to social justice.
Please send materials, except transcript, electronically to Laurie Morin, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, at LMorin@udc.edu.
Please use "LL.M. Application" as the subject line.
Mail transcript to:
Laurie Morin, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW, Building 52
Washington, DC 20008
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Questions? Please contact: Laurie Morin, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, at LMorin@udc.edu.
Community Development Legal Clinic
The Community Development Law Clinic endeavors to improve the economic, living, and social conditions in the low – wealth community by providing legal assistance to non-profit organizations, housing cooperatives, social entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Students enrolled in the clinic learn transactional and business lawyering skills while helping clients establish and operate their businesses and programs. There are no set limits to the nature of our practice, since assisting clients with organizational, and resource development encompasses a broad range of substantive law knowledge and practice skills. In order to provide clients with comprehensive professional consulting and advocacy services, the clinic often collaborates with other community based organizations and professionals and co-counsels with law firms and other legal service providers.
Candidates should be a member of the DC Bar or be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, possession, territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, and qualify to waive into the D.C. Bar. Candidates should have two years relevant practice experience.
General Practice Clinic
The General Practice Clinic provides comprehensive, general legal services to low-income clients, including those infected with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS. Students represent clients in housing, public benefits, and family law and other litigation matters, and draft last wills and testaments, powers of attorney and other advanced directives. Students also work on legislative and policy projects designed to effect system change.
Candidates with at least two years of law practice or teaching experience preferred. Candidates should be a member of the DC Bar or willing to seek admission.
For additional information, please contact Professor Matt Fraidin at matthew.fraidin (at) gmail.com.
Immigration & Human Rights Clinic
The Immigration and Human Rights Clinic represents immigrants held in detention. It also works on policy issues and systems change initiatives to improve the treatment of immigrants in the courts, in the community, and in the workplace. Depending on the scope of representation, students may represent clients at interviews with immigration officials and/or litigate in Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, state court, United States District Court or the United States Court of Appeals.
Candidates must have a minimum of two years relevant practice experience and be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state, possession, territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic / Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth
Clinic faculty and law students represent children and parents/guardians primarily in special education matters, with a focus on children with unmet special education needs who are facing school discipline, delinquency, or criminal sanctions. The Institute engages in system reform projects aimed at reversing the school-to-prison pipeline.
Candidates should be a member of the DC Bar, or eligible to waive in. At least two years of experience representing children charged in delinquency matters preferred. Experience handling school discipline and special education matters is desirable.
Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
The Clinic represents taxpayers who have active tax controversies pending with the IRS, in U.S. Tax Court or state and local tax jurisdictions. Student attorneys learn to use a client-centered approach to protect taxpayer rights, reduce or prevent taxpayer burden, ensure equitable treatment of taxpayers and develop strategies leading to systemic change.
Candidates should have a minimum of two years relevant practice experience and be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any state possession, territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.