Tuition & Mandatory Fees
UDC-DCSL offers an excellent and affordable legal education and seeks to make law school a reality for all students accepted in our J.D. programs, regardless of their financial circumstances. The 2012-2013 tuition rates for full-time students are $10,620 per year for D.C. residents and $21,240 for non-District residents; tuition rates for part-time, visiting and non-matriculating students are $360 per credit hour for D.C. residents and $720 per credit hour for non-District residents. Each enrolled student must pay annual fees of $630 (first year students are assessed an additional orientation fee of $15 and third year students are assessed an additional graduation fee of $325).
Any student who will have resided in the District of Columbia for one year by the first day of classes for any semester, may apply for the preferential tuition rate. The student must submit a Declaration of Residency form (.pdf) and supporting documentation described therein. Students will be notified by mail of the residency determination.
If you (or your spouse, parent, or legal guardian) are an active-duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces, Selective Reserve or National Guard, you qualify for preferential tuition regardless of residency. If you qualify based on military status, you must present proof of your (or your spouse's, parent's, or legal guardian's) active duty status at registration.
Peace Corps and AmeriCorps
Returning Peace Corps volunteers who are admitted receive a $2,000 Peace Corps Grant. AmeriCorps volunteers who are offered admission receive a $1,500 AmeriCorps Grant.
The University requires all students to have health insurance. The University-sponsored plan, which is administered byCHARTIS®, currently costs $149 per year (8/11/12-8/11/13) for domestic students and $450 per year for international students. For the Spring/Summer Term (1/2/13-8/11/13) the cost is $109 domestic students and $329 for international students. Students may waive the university-sponsored plan by providing proof of comparable coverage. New students will receive additional information, including waiver instructions, during their initial registration period.
Each applicant who accepts an offer of admission is required to submit a non-refundable tuition deposit ($300 for residents of the District; $400 for non-residents) by a date specified in the letter of admission. Tuition deposits are credited toward tuition upon registration.
The School of Law requires full payment of law school tuition and fees by the first day of classes each semester and does not offer a payment plan. Students who do not settle their accounts by the first day of class will be assessed a $100 late fee and have a hold placed on their accounts to prevent registration in subsequent semesters until they have pre-paid their bill.
Please note that students are able to view their accounts on-line. New students will receive log-in instructions during their initial registration period.
Students may mail or bring payments to UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Building 52 (212F), Washington, DC 20008.
A student who voluntarily withdraws from the School of Law shall receive a tuition refund of monies paid to and received by the School according to the following schedule:
Date of Withdrawal
Percentage of Semester Tuition Refunded
1. Registration to last day of the second week after Registration
2. Third week to the last day of the fourth week after Registration
3. Fifth week after Registration
4. Sixth week after Registration
5. After the last day of the sixth week after Registration
A student who is required to withdraw because of a major violation of the rules and policy of the School of Law shall not be entitled to receive a refund of any tuition paid.