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Tuition & Fees for Entering Students

Tuition & Mandatory Fees

UDC-DCSL offers an excellent and affordable legal education and seeks to make law school a reality for all students accepted in our J.D. programs, regardless of their financial circumstances. The 2017-2018 tuition rates for full-time students are $5,758 per semester for D.C. residents and $11,515 per semester for non-District residents; tuition rates for part-time, visiting and non-matriculating students are $391 per credit hour for D.C. residents and $780 per credit hour for non-District residents. Each enrolled student must pay annual fees of $1,000.

For additional expected costs, please see Cost of Attendance and Determining Student Financial "Need".


Any student who will have resided in the District of Columbia for one year by the first day of classes for any semester, may apply for the preferential tuition rate. The student must submit a Declaration of Residency form (.pdf) and supporting documentation described therein. Students will be notified by mail of the residency determination.

Peace Corps and AmeriCorps

Returning Peace Corps volunteers who are admitted receive a $2,500 Peace Corps Grant. AmeriCorps volunteers who are offered admission receive a $1,500 AmeriCorps Grant.

Health Insurance

The University requires all students to have health insurance. The University-sponsored plan, which is administered by United Healthcare, costs $1,090 for the 2017-2018 school year. For additional information, see Health Insurance.

Acceptance Deposit

Each applicant who accepts an offer of admission is required to submit a non-refundable tuition deposit ($300 for residents of the District; $400 for non-residents) by a date specified in the letter of admission. Tuition deposits are credited toward tuition upon registration.

Payment Schedule

The School of Law requires full payment of law school tuition and fees by the first day of classes each semester and does not offer a payment plan. Students who do not settle their accounts by the first day of class will be assessed a $100 late fee and have a hold placed on their accounts to prevent registration in subsequent semesters until they have pre-paid their bill.

Please note that students are able to view their accounts on-line. New students will receive log-in instructions during their initial registration period.

New students may mail or bring payments to the School of Law, Building 52, Room 443. Please note that the School of Law's mailing address is different than its street address:

Mailing Address:
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
Building 52
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Street Address:
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tuition Refund Policy

A student who voluntarily withdraws from the School of Law shall receive a tuition refund of monies paid to and received by the School according to the following schedule:

Date of Withdrawal
Percentage of Semester Tuition Refunded
1. Registration to last day of the second week after Registration
2. Third week to the last day of the fourth week after Registration
3. Fifth week after Registration
4. Sixth week after Registration
5. After the last day of the sixth week after Registration

A student who is required to withdraw because of a major violation of the rules and policy of the School of Law shall not be entitled to receive a refund of any tuition paid.

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