UDC News


October 9 , 2007

University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law Highly Rated in The Princeton Review’s

“Best 170 Law Schools: 2008 Edition”



            Washington, DC- For the second straight year, the fully accredited University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) ranked in the top ten of the 170 law schools in four of the eleven categories rated by the Princeton Review.  With four top-ten rankings UDC tied for second in the nation with the University of Chicago and Stanford, just behind Northwestern University School of Law which had five.  UDC ranked first in the nation in the category “Candidates for Center for American Progress Fellowships (or ‘Students Lean to the Left’),” third for most welcoming of older students, sixth for most diverse faculty, and tenth for most welcoming of minority students.  The New York-based education services company features the school in the just-published 2008 edition of its “Best 170 Law Schools.”


            According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review VP-Publishing, "We select schools for this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and offerings, institutional data we collect from the schools, and the candid opinions of students attending them who rate and report on their campus experiences at the schools.  We are pleased to recommend UDC David A. Clarke School of Law to readers of our book and users of our website as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn a law school degree." 


            The two-page profiles in Best 170 Law Schools have sections on the school's academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for academics, selectivity and career placement.  In the profile on UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, the book's editors describe the school as am "up-and-coming school with an emphasis on public interest and public service."  The profile contains quotes from UDC-DCSL students, one of whom said, "Due to the public interest and practice focus of the school, my classmates and I will graduate with a full résumé of legal experience as we enter the workplace." Another student is quoted as saying, "The school trains to be you a 'street lawyer'--an advocate for the people, focusing on the disenfranchised.”


            According to the Best 170 Law Schools, “While they hail from varied backgrounds, ‘Students work cooperatively and respect each other’s opinions.’ ‘Despite our diverse backgrounds, there is no one I’d feel uncomfortable walking up to and striking up a conversation with,’ writes a first-year law student.  While seriously studious, students are only moderately competitive with each other. ‘The environment is like a family of brothers and sisters: competitive, but always supportive!’  In fact, ‘If a classmate misses a class for whatever reason (even if they were out too late at the bar the night before), there are always other students willing to share their notes for the missed class.’”


            The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 170, or name one law school best overall.  Instead, the book has 11 ranking lists of the top 10 law schools in various categories.  Ten lists are based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 18,000 students attending the 170 law schools profiled in the book.  (Only schools that permitted The Princeton Review to survey their students were eligible for consideration for these lists).   Conducted during the 2006-07, 2005-06, and 2004-05 academic years, the student surveys were primarily completed online.   One list, “Toughest to Get Into,” is based solely on institutional data.  (All schools in the book were eligible for consideration for this list.)   The lists are posted at www.PrincetonReview.com


            Princeton Review is a New York-based education services company which featured the school in the just-published 2008 edition of its “Best 170 Law Schools” (Random House / Princeton Review, Oct. 9, 2007, $22.95).  


             “Best 170 Law Schools” also has advice on applying to law schools and funding the degree.   The book is one of 200 Princeton Review titles published by Random House.  The line includes annual guides to the best business schools and medical schools, plus guides to grad school admission exams and application essays.  The Princeton Review is also known for its college and career guidebooks, its test-prep courses and other education services.   The company is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.







            The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities.  The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment engine for the District of Columbia.  The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro.  For more information on other University activities, contact Mike Andrews, Senior Director for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.