UDC-DCSL Earns Another A+ For Diversity
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Posted by: Jordan Uhl
Washington, DC— The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) has been given an “A+” grade and Top 10 spot in PreLaw Magazine’s 2017 Diversity Rankings.
“One of UDC-DCSL’s statutory requirements is to recruit and enroll students from groups underrepresented at the bar – a mission we fully embrace. Our students and graduates constantly tell us how thankful they are for the new perspectives they’ve gained from their classmates and it couldn’t make me happier,” Shelley Broderick, UDC-DCSL dean, said.
PreLaw ranks law schools by diversity because at these schools, “[Y]ou get to interact with students from a wide range of ethnicities, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. It’s likely you will be a better lawyer because of it.” You can view the full rankings here.
In the same issue, PreLaw gave UDC-DCSCL the #1 spot in "Schools with the most community service hours per student." Each year, UDC-DCSL provides more than 100,000 hours of essential legal services to DC residents, breaking down to roughly 360 hours per student.
"We want our students to make a meaningful contribution," Hannah Lieberman, associate dean of Experiential and Clinical Programs, told National Jurist.
This distinction adds to the list of other top rankings for UDC-DCSL. Through its robust clinic program, vast internship & externship options and the the Summer Public Interest Fellowship program, UDC-DCSL has garnered the #7 spot for its government & public interest job placement rate nationally. PreLaw Magazine ranked UDC-DCSL #8 in its "Best Schools for Public Interest" rankings and Princeton Review recently ranked UDC-DCSL #2 nationwide in the "Best Environment for Minority Students," "Most Diverse Faculty," and "Most Chosen By Older Students" categories. U.S. News & World Report's Best Law Schools 2017 also ranked UDC-DCSL in the top 10 for diversity and clinical legal training in its rankings of 198 law schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association over the last several years.