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UDC David A. Clarke School of Law’s Juris Doctor (JD) Program enrolls first-year students for the fall semester only. UDC Law offers a traditional three-year, full-time JD program and a four-year, part-time, evening JD program. The application process and requirements are the same for both programs. All applicants must register with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) before their applications will be considered as completed and reviewed by the Admission Committee.

Application Deadlines

Application Opens – October 1
Priority Deadline – March 15
Application Deadline – May 1

Admission Requirements

  • BACHELOR’S DEGREE - Enrolling students must have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants must include official transcripts from each institution attended (including graduate and professional coursework).
  • LSAT – All applicants must have taken the test within five years of the fall semester they plan to enroll. The LSAT is administered nine times a year. UDC Law accepts scores through the June LSAT for the upcoming Fall admissions cycle.
  • CREDENTIAL ASSEMBLY SERVICE (CAS) – All applicants are required to register with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic work, in addition to letters of recommendation, should be submitted directly to CAS rather than UDC Law. CAS provides a law school report that includes the applicant’s LSAT score(s), copies of all academic transcripts, analysis of transcripts, and copies of the letters of recommendations. The LSAC school code for UDC Law is 5245.
    • APPLICANTS WITH FOREIGN CREDENTIALS – Applicants whose bachelor degrees were earned in colleges or universities outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service. Those candidates whose study was in a language other than English may be required to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score administered by the Educational Testing Service.
  • APPLICATION – Applicants must complete the UDC Law specific application found on
    • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION – With the application, all applicants must submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation.
    • PERSONAL STATEMENT – Two to three pages double spaced. Tell your story focusing on your initial interest in practicing the law and your interest in UDC Law.
    • INJUSTICE ESSAY – One to two pages double spaced. In your own words, describe some significant form of injustice to which you were personally subjected or that you directly witnessed. Explain how you responded to this injustice at the time, and now upon reflection, is there anything that you would have done differently?
    • RESUME
    • OPTIONAL ADDENDUM – Applicants who would like to answer any questions the admission committee may have about their application should add an addendum. This includes brief informative explanations regarding poor grades or gaps in education, LSAT scores, and character and fitness concerns.
      • All applicants are required to answer character and fitness questions on the application. It is your responsibility to fully and completely answer these questions. Should you answer “yes” to any of the character and fitness questions on the application, you will need to attach a detailed addendum.
    • APPLICATION FEE – The application fee of $35 is waived at check-out.
    • CHARACTER AND FITNESS – Applicants should be aware that a license to practice law requires admission to the bar. In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.


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