Academics and Clinicals
The UCDC Law Program is a uniquely collaborative semester-long externship program in Washington, D.C., combining a weekly seminar with a full-time field placement to offer law students an unparalleled opportunity to learn how federal statutes, regulations, and policies are made, changed, and understood in the nation's capital. During a semester's total immersion in a structured environment that integrates the theory and practice of Washington lawyering, students will have contact with all three branches of the federal government, independent regulatory agencies, advocacy nonprofits, and the media. The Program will also help students connect with Program alumni and alumni of the participating schools who have made their careers in Washington, D.C.
UCDC participant Toren Lewis '12 worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, National Security Division, Counterterrorism Section. He said:
"UCDC was one of, if not the most defining experience of my legal education. As one of only two full-time interns in my division at the U.S. Department of Justice, I had the privilege and responsibility of working on dozens of substantive assignments, many of which involved classified material and ongoing law enforcement operations. Though the expectations were high, so was the level of support and encouragement in my office. For students looking to enhance their legal skills, network, and career prospects, UCDC is a must."
The program currently includes law students from UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Irvine. The program is housed at the University of California Washington Center, a UC facility centrally located just minutes from the White House and most government departments and agencies. The address is:UCDC Law Program
University of California Washington Center
1608 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., Rm. 342
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 974-6250 (fax)
For the latest on the UCDC Law Program:UCDC information session video.