University of District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law
In 1986, the District of Columbia Council authorized the establishment of the District of Columbia School of Law. The Council created a dual mission for the School of Law, charging its Board of Governors with a mandate to recruit and enroll students from ethnic, racial, and other population groups traditionally underrepresented at the bar and to represent the legal needs of low-income persons, particularly residents of the District of Columbia.
The DC School of Law, the only publicly funded law school in Washington, DC, merged with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) in 1996 and became the University of the District of Columbia School of Law. In April 1998, the UDC School of Law was named the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC Law). The law school operates full-time day and part-time evening divisions leading to the JD degree, as well as an LLM program.