The School of Law seeks to enroll academically qualified students who have demonstrated a commitment to public service and who are from communities that have been historically denied access to the bar. The student body comes from a broad spectrum of society. The entering classes are as diverse in background and life experience as they are in ethnicity, gender, and age.
The Admission Committee reviews academic credentials and admits only those who it believes capable of successfully completing the Juris Doctor degree program and being admitted to the bar. Because the School of Law's mission is to admit and educate those who have been denied access to the bar, and who have demonstrated commitment to public service, the Committee's decisions are based on academic and non-academic criteria. In accordance with American Bar Association standards, academic criteria include Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores, undergraduate course of study and grade point average, and performance in other graduate or professional programs. The non-academic criteria include extracurricular activities; work experience; community service and volunteer work; family and educational background; family responsibilities; obstacles overcome; and recommendations that speak to the candidate’s professional promise, judgment, integrity, character, skills, and leadership potential.
Please see Class Profile for median undergraduate GPA, median LSAT, and other indicators about the most recent incoming class.
Applicants are advised that the School of Law continually reassesses its admission policy and that this policy is subject to change.
Admission as a first-year Juris Doctor student is for the Fall semester only.
The priority application deadline for Fall is March 15th. The final application deadline for Fall is August 1st.
A completed application to the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) must consist of the following:
- a completed Application for Admission, including a personal statement and response to the essay question, certified and submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website;
- transcripts of all courses attempted at each college and graduate school attended, submitted through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS);
- a current LSAT score, submitted through CAS;
- an academic recommendation and an additional letter of recommendation submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service;
- a completed Declaration of Residency (.pdf) from applicants claiming District of Columbia residency; and
- a $35 application fee, which is waived for all applications submitted by February 15th.
No more than three (3) recommendation letters and one (1) evaluation should be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service.
Applicants should submit their applications as early as possible. Applicants should make every effort to render their admission files complete as early as possible. All supporting documents should be submitted no later than August 1st. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required materials are received by the Office of Admission.
All materials submitted by and on behalf of an applicant become the property of UDC-DCSL and will not be returned. Please make copies of all submitted application materials.
The Committee on Admission reviews applications as they become complete and notifies an applicant as soon as a decision has been reached on his or her file. In some cases, an application will be held for ongoing consideration with other applicants. During early summer, usually after the class has been admitted, a few candidates will be placed on a wait list for openings in the class that occur during the late spring and summer.
The School of Law reviews deferral requests on a case-by-case basis. All deferral requests must be made in writing. Admitted students whose deferral requests are denied and who decline to attend after being admitted must reapply if they wish to be considered for admission in a subsequent year. Typically, scholarship awards are not deferred, and a deferred applicant will be considered for scholarship awards during the application cycle in which they plan to attend.