This year US News and World Report ranked UDC's David Clarke School of Law tenth in America - out of 188 ABA accredited law schools analyzed - for clinical legal education. In its annual Best Law Schools analysis, US News ranked UDC's clinical program more highly than those of numerous well-heeled and prestigious law schools, including Harvard, Stanford and Columbia. UDC's tenth place ranking in 2010 was up from a top-twenty-five ranking in 2009.
While the School of Law faculty and administration were pleased with the recognition, many were indignant that UDC did not rank even higher. With the nation's largest clinical requirement of 700 hours, plus a 40 hour first-year community service requirement, and the addition of an Immigration and Human Rights Law clinic this fall, the consensus was that UDC should and will rank even higher in years to come.
US New's analysis also found that UDC was tied for second in the nation in overall diversity of its law students and had the fifth highest percentage of African American students (29%). Considering the exceedingly high rankings for both clinical quality and diversity, Dean Shelley Broderick said, "US News has confirmed what many already know - that the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law is meeting its mission to recruit and enroll students from groups underrepresented in the legal profession and to train them as lawyers through a program of rigorous clinical legal education. Each year our law students and faculty provide 85,000 hours of service each year to low-income District residents and the agencies that serve them."
UDC-DCSL was also the least expensive of the top ten clinical law schools.