University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) is offering up to 20
full-tuition Advocate for Justice (AFJ) Scholarships each year to future public
interest lawyers. Our goal is to allow committed activists to graduate
from law school with minimal debt - free to choose a career path based on their
for the AFJ Scholarship are evaluated holistically based equally on academic
talent and their proven commitment as advocates for justice and public
service. We encourage applicants of all ages and experience levels, from
recent graduates who feel that their track record reveals a deep commitment to
the social good, to individuals seeking to embark on a second or third career
who have demonstrated their commitment to justice over decades. Those who
meet these requirements and are District of Columbia residents, people of
color, or from groups under-represented in the legal profession are particularly
encouraged to apply.
School of Law's definition of social good is a broad one and includes
environmental activists, anti-poverty workers, inner-city school teachers,
civil libertarians, labor organizers, political activists, and more.
While the School is often described as "progressive," activists with
conservative leanings and agendas are also strongly encouraged to apply.
are a few key points:
The UDC-DCSL program is the most hands-on law program in America, requiring all
students to provide a minimum of 700 hours of clinical service to low-income
people and/or the public interest in professor-supervised legal clinics.
It has been rated among the top ten clinical programs in America. Clinics
include Immigration & Human Rights; Housing & Consumer; Juvenile
Justice; Community Development; HIV/AIDS; Legislation, Low-Income Taxpayer, and
The UDC-DCSL student body, staff and faculty are among the nation's most
diverse in terms of age, background and race.
UDC-DCSL's location in Washington, DC affords public-spirited law students
myriad opportunities for internships, fellowships and part-time employment.
The School of Law funds summer public interest fellowships for ALL law students
after their first year.
The School of Law's 2011 application deadline is April 30th and June 2011 LSAT
scores can be used on a case-by-case basis with the permission of Dean of
Admission, Vivian Canty firstname.lastname@example.org.
UDC-DCSL's tuition is affordable and financial aid is available, making law
school a realistic option even for those not awarded the AFJ Scholarship.