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Non-Degree Applicants

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester – July 15
Spring Semester – November 30
Summer Semester – April 30

Application Requirements

  • APPLICATION – Applicants must complete a Non-Degree Application for Admission (pdf).
    • Please refer to the Academic Calendar and relevant Course Schedule when completing your application. These items are posted on the Forms and Schedules page and typically updated in April for Summer, June for Fall, and November for Spring.
    • PERSONAL STATEMENT – Two to three pages double spaced. Tell your story focusing on your initial interest in practicing the law and your interest in taking non-degree courses at UDC Law.
    • CHARACTER AND FITNESS – 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.
  • RESUME
  • AN OFFICIAL LAW SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT AND STATEMENT OF ACADEMIC STANDING – Applicants must submit a letter of academic standing from the appropriate law school official.
  • PROOF OF RESIDENCY – If claiming DC or DC Metro residency.
  • APPLICATION FEE – The application fee is $40.00. This fee is non-refundable and not applied toward tuition and fees upon matriculation. Payable to “The University of the District of Columbia.”

Non-Degree Program

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 Law 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)
None
Business Organizations I (Agency & Partnership) (3) Fall (evening)
Summer (evening)
None
Business Organizations II (Corporations & LLC’s) (3) Spring (evening) None
Family Law (3) Fall (day)
Spring (alternate evenings)
None
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

 

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