Dear Future Attorney:
A spirit of excellence, imagination, and public service pervades the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL). It is a diverse community dedicated to legal education that produces graduates who are competent to practice law and who are committed to living up to the highest ethical traditions and ideals for which the legal profession stands.
The school offers the core of the traditional law school curriculum in the classroom, enriched by an array of electives taught by experienced practitioners and judges. In addition to requiring basic course work, the law school offers the strongest commitment to clinical legal education in the nation. UDC-DCSL's 14-credit, required clinical program teaches substantive legal knowledge and a wide range of lawyering skills while serving those most in need of legal services. Students provide comprehensive representation on ongoing cases, appearing before the courts, legislative bodies, and regulatory agencies of the nation's capital. In addition, every first-year student participates in the Law and Justice/Community Service Program, performing pro bono community service under faculty supervision. This innovative curriculum provides students with an early opportunity to translate legal theories and concepts into practical work on behalf of real clients.
The David A. Clarke School of Law is particularly committed to admitting students from groups, such as minorities and women, which have traditionally been, and remain, under represented in the Bar. The school also values the wealth of knowledge and experience possessed by older students for whom the law represents a second career.
If you are interested in learning legal principles and practical lawyering skills while working on actual cases, if you want to use the knowledge and skills you attain to help balance the scales of justice for disadvantaged people, and if you welcome the opportunity to work jointly with individuals from varied backgrounds, I urge you to apply for admission to the David A. Clarke School of Law.
Katherine S. Broderick