Clinics Rated 13th of 195 U.S. Law Schools
Sunday, June 15, 2008
US News & World Report has ranked the UDC-DCSL as having the 13th best law school clinical program in America (tied with Stanford) in 2008. UDC-DCSL was ranked ahead of Harvard Law, Columbia Law and many other better resourced and more prestigious law schools.
While these kinds of comparisons are rightly controversial, we believe that US News' top-20 ranking of UDC's clinical legal education program has it largely right: the District's hard-charging public law school is fast entering the ranks of elite programs!
UDC-DCSL's clinical program provides free legal service to thousands of the Districts most vulnerable residents: low income tenants including many immigrants, seniors and children; children in need of special educational services (sometimes in lieu of incarceration); people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and who need a variety of legal help; low-income taxpayers; start up community non-profits and businesses; and workers who blow the whistle on wrongdoing and who are discriminated against by their employers. And in Legislation Clinic, UDC-DCSL students are placed with D.C. Council and Congressional committees to help draft cutting edge laws.
Each UDC-DCSL student is required to earn credit for two 350 hour clinical courses - the largest such requirement in the nation. Through the UDC-DCSL legal clinics, in combination with the Summer Fellowship Program and the first year Community Service Program, UDC students provide over 75,000 hours of free legal assistance each year!