The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) David A. Clarke School of Law's curriculum offers a blend of theoretical and practical law. Students are required to participate in the School's Legal Clinic for two semesters, working with experienced attorney-professors on actual cases. The students perform 40 hours of community work in their first year and 700 hours of clinical work during their second and third years in addition to completing 76 credits of required and elective courses. After three years of full-time law study and successfully completing 90 credits, students receive the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. The School also offers an optional 10-credit internship program. The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law program emphasis is public interest law.