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Tuition-Free Law School for Activists

Friday, April 8, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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The 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 values.   

Applicants 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.  

The 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.  

Here 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 Whistleblower Protection.   

- 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  

- 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.  

To find out more, go to    

Click the "Send Me More Information" button to receive a set of step by step instructions for both applying for admission to UDC-DCSL and for the AFJ Scholarship.

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