The National Jurist recognized the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law as one of the best schools for public interest law. The article appears in the January 2012 issue of The National Jurist, "Best Schools for Public Service."
"This is a one-of-a-kind law school dedicated to training students in public interest, public service and public policy," said Dean Shelley Broderick. "Our students come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. They're very committed to practicing law to represent people from the neighborhoods."
Every student must spend a total of 700 hours in at least two of our eight clinics. In addition, every first-year student who spends 400 hours during the summer in a public interest, public service or policy job receives a $4,000 fellowship.
"We've had as many as 60 students working for public defenders, the ACLU and similar groups," Broderick said.
About 35 percent of graduates enter public interest or government jobs, and about two-thirds stay in D.C. after graduation.