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Non-Degree Student Applicants
Semester Application Deadline
Fall July 15th
Spring December 15th
Summer May 10th

Graduates of foreign and state-accredited law schools, including those seeking to satisfy the requirement for additional study at an ABA-approved law school before sitting for the District of Columbia Bar Exam (see D.C. App. Rule 46(c)), may apply for admission as non-degree students.

Rule 46(c)(4) provides that an applicant who graduated from a non-ABA approved law school shall be permitted to take the D.C. bar examination only after successfully completing at least 26 credit hours of study in an ABA-approved law school. All 26 credit hours must be earned in courses which are substantially concentrated on a single subject tested on the Uniform Bar Exam.

This program is designed to assist applicants in meeting the requirements of Rule 46(c)(4) on a part-time basis over the course of three to four semesters (including summer).

Students enrolled in the non-degree program may take no more than ten (10) credits per semester in the Fall and Spring semesters. Ten credits are required for a student to be considered “full-time.” Students may enroll in no than six (6) credits in the summer semester.

Students taking non-degree coursework are not eligible to be issued a Form I-20 under an F-1 visa status.

Subjects Tested on the Uniform Bar Examination

The Multi-State Bar Exam (MBE) consists of 200 multiple-choice questions on the following subjects: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

The Multi-State Essay Exam (MEE) consists of six 30-minute questions. Areas of law that may be covered on the MEE include the following: Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions).

UDC-DCSL Courses that cover UBE topics:

Course and Credits Semester/Division Prerequisites
Contracts I (3) Fall (day and alternate year evening) None
Contracts II (3) Spring (day and alternate year evening) Contracts I
Torts I (3) Fall (day and alternate year evening) None
Torts II (3) Spring (day and alternate year evening) Torts I
Civil Procedure I (3) Fall (day and alternate year evening) None
Civil Procedure II (3) Spring (day and alternate year evening) Civil Procedure I
Criminal Law (3) Fall (day and alternate year evening) None
Criminal Procedure (3) Spring (day and alternate year evening) None
Constitutional Law I (4) Fall (day and alternate year evening) None
Constitutional Law II (4) Spring (day and alternate year evening) Constitutional Law I
Property I (3) Fall (day and alternate year evening) None
Property II (3) Spring (day and alternate year evening) Property I
Evidence (4) Fall (day and evening)
Summer (evening)
Business Organizations I (Agency & Partnership) (3) Fall (evening)
Summer (evening)
Business Organizations II (Corporations & LLC’s) (3) Spring (evening) None
Family Law (3) Fall (day)
Spring (alternate evenings)
Conflict of Laws (3) Spring (alternate day and evening) 3 or more of the following: Contracts I, Contracts, II, Property I, Property II, Torts I, Torts II
Wills and Estates (3) Spring (evenings) Property I and II
UCC (3) Spring (evenings) Contracts I and II

Registration for the Non-Degree Program

Non-degree students must get approval for their course of studies from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In order to complete registration, each admitted non-degree student must bring his or her acceptance letter from the Office of Admission to On-Site Registration. On-Site Registration takes place in the Registrar’s Office, Room 212, Building 52, on the first day of classes each semester. Students should consult the Academic Calendar for the exact date and times.

Application to the Non-Degree Program

Candidates may apply as a non-degree student beginning with the Fall, Spring or Summer semester, but are strongly encouraged to begin the program in the Fall due to course sequencing requirements. Application deadlines are as follows:

Fall July 15th
Spring December 15th  
Summer   May 10th

Admission of non-degree students is based upon a careful review of the applicant's academic record, test scores, if applicable, and reasons for seeking admission as a non-degree student. Particular attention is given to the applicant's academic performance in law school. Completed non-degree applications will be considered for the available spaces on a first come-first-serve basis.

Please note that:

  • To continue in the program in subsequent semesters, non-degree students must maintain a grade of “C” or better in each course they undertake.
  • Matriculated (degree-seeking) students will receive preference for limited enrollment courses.
  • Non-degree students may be required to seek the professor’s permission to take a first-year or other heavily enrolled course.
  • Non-degree students must adhere to the School of Law’s attendance policy, as outlined in Section 3.9 of the Student Handbook: A Guide to Academic Regulations and Requirements, Volume I.
  • Non-degree students must adhere to all requirements contained in the course syllabus.

Application Requirements

To be considered for admission as a non-degree student, applicants must submit the items listed below to the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Office of Admission, Building 52, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008.

Required Application Materials:

  1. A completed Non-Degree Application for Admission
    • You will need to refer to the Academic Calendar and relevant Course Schedule when completing your application. These items are posted on the Forms & Schedules page typically in early April (for Summer), late June (for Fall) and early November (for Spring).
  2. A $40 Application Fee (payable to University of the District of Columbia)
  3. A completed Declaration of Residency form (required of D.C. residents seeking D.C. resident tuition rate)
  4. A resumé
  5. An official law school transcript and a letter of good academic standing from law school(s) attended
  6. A copy of your LSAT score (required of non-ABA approved or state approved U.S. law school graduates)
  7. A copy of your undergraduate and graduate school transcripts (required of graduates from non-ABA approved or state approved U.S. law schools)
  8. A copy of your TOEFL scores (required of graduates from non-English speaking law schools; not required of graduates from non-English speaking law schools who hold an LLM degree from a U.S. law school)

Tuition & Fees

Non-degree students pay part-time tuition rates of $379 per credit-hour for District of Columbia residents or $757 per credit-hour for non-District residents. All enrollees must pay student fees each semester or term. Total fees charged will depend on the first semester in which a student enrolls and the number of credits taken, but a student can expect to pay approximately $500 in fees each semester or term.

All UDC students must have health insurance coverage. You will be automatically enrolled in, and billed for, the university-sponsored health insurance plan unless you submit adequate proof of existing, comparable coverage by each semester’s deadline. See UDC's Student Health Insurance page for costs and deadlines.

Non-degree students are not eligible for financial assistance from UDC-DCSL, but may apply for the D.C. resident tuition rate.

All tuition and fees are due at registration. Registration is not complete without Finance/ Billing approval.


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