David A. Clarke School of Law

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David A. Clarke School of Law
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Motto jus justitia communitas
Established 1986
School type Public
Endowment US$ 20.5 million[1]
Dean Katherine S. Broderick
Location Washington, D.C., United States
Enrollment 350
Bar pass rate 85%

The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clark School of Law (UDC-DCSL) is the current designation given to the only public law school in the Washington, DC. It was originally established in 1972 as the Antioch School of Law by Edgar S. and Jean Camper Cahn. The law school lost its original name in 1986 when Antioch University decided to close many of its units around the country. Eager to retain the Antioch School of Law's mission, curriculum, clinical programs, and personnel for the benefit of the city, the Council of the District of Columbia passed legislation that re-established the school as the District of Columbia School of Law (DCSL). The Council of the District of Columbia later passed legislation merging the School of Law with the University of the District of Columbia in 1996. President Clinton signed legislation renaming after former D.C. Council Chair David A. Clarke, a in 1998, a civil rights leader and long-time advocate for the law school's mission, in 1998.

The District of Columbia School of Law was awarded provisional accreditation by the American Bar Association in 1991, while the David A. Clarke School of Law was awarded provisional accreditation shortly after it's renaming in 1998. Finally, the school applied for full accreditation in 2004. It was awarded full accreditation by a unanimous vote of the ABA House of Delegates on August 8, 2005

Post-Graduation Employment & Mission[edit]

Employment Outcomes: According to the law professor blog, The Faculty Lounge, based on 2012 ABA data, only 25.8% of graduates obtained full-time, long term positions requiring bar admission (i.e., jobs as lawyers), 9 months after graduation, ranking 195th out of 197 law schools.[2]

Edgar S. and Jean Camper Cahn were public interest lawyers played an instrumental in creating the federal Legal Services Corporation and government watchdog groups including the Citizens Advocate Center. To further expand their efforts as advocates for the rights of low-income and minority populations, established a law school committed to training public interest lawyers. The David A. Clarke School of Law has carried on the original mission of The Antioch School of Law as they were stated at the time of the school's founding. The original mission of the law school is as follows:

  1. to recruit and enroll students from groups underrepresented at the bar,
  2. provide a well-rounded theoretical and practical legal education that will enable students to be effective and ethical advocates, and
  3. to represent the legal needs of low-income residents through the school's legal clinics.

To realize their mission, the Cahns pioneered a comprehensive law clinic education model that has now been adopted by nearly every law school in the United States in some form.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Law School Almanac - 2008 Endowments retrieved on 6-6-2009.
  2. ^ Rosin, Gary. "Full Rankings: Bar Admission Required, Full-Time, Long Term", The Faculty Lounge, March 30, 2013. Retrieved on February 24, 2014, http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2013/03/-full-rankings-bar-admission-required-full-time-long-term.html. -- For the latest Employment Summary Reports from the American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education, see http://employmentsummary.abaquestionnaire.org/
  3. ^ Lewis, Richard. "Clinical Legal Education Revisited". Dokkyo International Review. Cardiff Law School. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 

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Coordinates: 38°56′37″N 77°03′48″W / 38.9435°N 77.0633°W / 38.9435; -77.0633