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UDC-DCSL Receives 3 Top-Ten Rankings in Princeton Review

Thursday, January 12, 2012   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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Dean Shelley Broderick



Washington, D.C., January 12, 2012 – The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) is one of the nation's most outstanding law schools, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2012 edition of its book, "The Best 167 Law Schools” (Random House / Princeton Review, on sale October 2011, $22.99).

UDC-DCSL is one of 66 schools in the book that appear on one or more of the book’s top-ten ranking lists. UDC-DCSL is 3rd on the list for Most Diverse Faculty, 4th on the list for Best Environment for Minority Students, and 5th on the list for Most Chosen by Older Students. Only five law schools had more top ten rankings than UDC-DCSL [Note: Not all schools profiled in the book appear on its ranking lists – 66 appear on one or more lists, 101 don’t appear on any of its lists.]

Princeton Review does not, however, rank excellence in clinic programs, a major focus of UDC-DCSL’s legal education, and for which it was ranked in the top ten in America by US News and World Report in 2010. UDC-DCSL offers 8 clinics, and students are required to provide 700 hours of clinical service to low-income residents of the District of Columbia.

In addition to its top-ten rankings, "The Best 167 Law Schools, 2012 Edition” has profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services. In the profile on UDC-DCSL the Princeton Review describes the school as "the only public law school of the Nation's Capital. The School of Law is unique among law schools, with a service-centered mission of recruiting and enrolling students from underrepresented communities, a nationally-recognized clinical program and one of the most diverse student bodies in the country.”

According to the Princeton Review:

The small David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia is one of a handful of ABA-accredited law schools at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. By all accounts, UDC-DCSL offers "the best of both worlds for the study of law - a traditional legal education supplemented by hands-on clinical training” in 8 clinics. Students agree that UDC-DCSL is "on the cutting-edge of clinical practice.” There is also a required 700 hours of clinical experience, within which are a "great variety” of fields to choose from and students "have a chance to hone their research and writing skills.” Students also give high marks to the faculty: "Our professors are committed to educating the next generation of public interest lawyers. Another student says, "I had the opportunity to learn from a D.C. Superior Court Judge, a nationally renowned civil rights attorney whose record and experience comprise nearly fifty years of service to the profession and to society, and an Ivy League-educated criminal defense superstar from D.C.’s Public Defender Service.” Read more about UDC-DCSL Faculty.

Princeton Review does not rank the law schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 167, or name one law school best overall. Instead, the book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 law schools in various categories. Ten lists are based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 18,000 students attending the 167 law schools profiled in the book. (Only schools that permitted The Princeton Review to survey their students were eligible for consideration for these lists.) Conducted during the 2009-10, 2008-09, and 2007-08 academic years, the student surveys were primarily completed online. One list, "Toughest to Get Into,” is based solely on institutional data. (All schools in the book were eligible for consideration for this list.) The lists are posted at


Max Rodriguez says...
Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012
Thank you Andrew!
Andrew M. von Salis says...
Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012
I applaud the combination of fairness and enthusiasm throughout this article. Every statement is clearly expressed and well explained. The School's unwavering mission, meanwhile, is consistently presented as the main point. It's just great!

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