Graduates of foreign and state-accredited law schools, including those seeking to satisfy the requirement for additional study at an ABA-approved law school before sitting for the District of Columbia Bar Exam (see D.C. App. Rule 46(c)), may apply for admission as non-degree students.
Non-degree candidates will be considered for admission to UDC-DCSL on a semester-by semester and case-by-case basis. The School of Law typically offers enrollment to up to five (5) non-degree students per semester, and for no more than nine (9) credits per student in each Fall and Spring semester and no more than six (6) credits per student in each Summer semester.
Candidates may apply as a non-degree student for either the Fall, Spring or Summer semester, and must re-apply for each subsequent semester in which they wish to enroll. Non-degree students who are admitted in one semester are not assured admission in subsequent semesters.
Admission of non-degree students is based upon a careful review of the applicant's academic record, test scores, if applicable, and reasons for seeking admission as a non-degree student. Particular attention is given to the applicant's academic performance in law school. Completed non-degree applications will be considered for the available spaces on a first come-first-serve basis.
Please note that:
- To be considered for enrollment in subsequent semesters, non-degree students must maintain a grade of “C” or better in each course they undertake.
- Matriculated (degree-seeking) students will receive preference for limited enrollment courses.
- Non-degree students may be required to seek the professor’s permission to take a first-year or other heavily enrolled course.
- Non-degree students must adhere to the School of Law’s attendance policy, as outlined in Section 3.9 of the Student Handbook: A Guide to Academic Regulations and Requirements, Volume I.
- Non-degree students must adhere to all requirements contained in the course syllabus.
To be considered for admission as a non-degree student, applicants must submit the items listed below to the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Office of Admission, Building 52, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008. The materials should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than May 10th for the coming Summer semester, July 15th for the coming Fall semester, or December 15th for the coming Spring semester.
If you have taken classes at the School of Law as a non-degree student in a prior semester, you are not required to submit all of the items below (e.g., TOEFL score report) as the documents should be in your permanent non-degree admission file in the Registrar’s Office. You are required to submit the Non-Degree Application for Admission, however, along with a UDC-DCSL transcript of your grades. If deemed necessary, we reserve the right to request duplicates or official copies of documents that may be in your file.
Required Application Materials:
- A completed Non-Degree Application for Admission
- You will need to refer to the Academic Calendar and relevant Course Schedule when completing your application. These items are posted on the Forms & Schedules page typically in early April (for Summer), late June (for Fall) and early November (for Spring).
- A $40 Application Fee (payable to University of the District of Columbia)
- A completed Declaration of Residency form (required of D.C. residents seeking D.C. resident tuition rate; not applicable to students under F-1 visa)
- A resumé
- An official law school transcript and a letter of good academic standing from law school(s) attended
- A copy of your LSAT score (required of non-ABA approved or state approved U.S. law school graduates)
- A copy of your undergraduate and graduate school transcripts (required of graduates from non-ABA approved or state approved U.S. law schools)
- A copy of your TOEFL scores (required of graduates from non-English speaking law schools; not required of graduates from non-English speaking law schools who hold an LLM degree from a U.S. law school)
Tuition & Fees
Non-degree students pay part-time tuition rates of $379 per credit-hour for District of Columbia residents or $757 per credit-hour for non-District residents. All enrollees must pay student fees each semester or term. Total fees charged will depend on the first semester in which a student enrolls and the number of credits taken, but a student can expect to pay approximately $500 in fees each semester or term.
All UDC students must have health insurance coverage. You will be automatically enrolled in, and billed for, the university-sponsored health insurance plan unless you submit adequate proof of existing, comparable coverage by each semester’s deadline. See UDC's Student Health Insurance page for costs and deadlines.
Non-degree students are not eligible for financial assistance from UDC-DCSL, but may apply for the D.C. resident tuition rate if not currently under an F-1 student visa.
All tuition and fees are due at registration. Registration is not complete without Finance/ Billing approval.
Registering for Courses
In order to complete registration, each admitted non-degree student must bring his or her acceptance letter from the Office of Admission to On-Site Registration. On-Site Registration takes place in the Registrar’s Office, Room 212, Building 52, on the first day of classes each semester. Students should consult the Academic Calendar for the exact date and times.
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