Thursday, August 11, 2005

UDC Law receives full ABA accreditation

As was noted earlier this year, the ABA recommended full accreditation for the U.D.C. David A Clarke School of Law. Monday the ABA made it official.

Dear Students, Alumni and Friends,

On Monday, August 8th, the American Bar Association's House of Delegates unanimously approved full accreditation for the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. The acheivement of full accreditation comes as a tribute to visionary leadership on the part of the UDC's administration and the District's elected officials, as well as the hard and effective work of staff, faculty and students in support of a law school uniquely dedicated to expanding legal educational opportunity to members of groups under-represented in the legal profession while providing high quality legal service to low-income Washingtonians.

Planning is currently underway for a major community celebration of this milestone later this year. I will keep you apprised and will look forward to seeing you then!

Shelley Broderick, Dean
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

The mission of the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) is to recruit and enroll students from groups under-represented at the bar, provide a well-rounded theoretical and practical legal education that will enable students to be effective and ethical advocates, and to represent the legal needs of low-income residents through the school's legal clinics.

61% of students are members of minority groups;
57% of students are women;
All students provide 40 hours of community service to non-profit public interest groups, the judiciary or federal and local government in the first year of law school; and
All students perform a minimum of 700 hours of faculty-supervised representation of low-income District residents in the School's outstanding clinical programs.

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