The Catholic University of America

Diversity at CUA Law


A Place for Everyone: 

At the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, we have always understood that one of our greatest strengths is the diversity of our community. We value the perspective that each student brings to the law school and we embrace diversity in all of its measures, whether by race, ethnicity, gender, geographic region, language, personal history, culture, or country.  
Sanchelle Charles, a Class of 2014 alumna who served with the Student Bar Association, offers this about her experience:
"We are of various backgrounds. Being Trinidadian, I have met and become close friends with fellow law students originally from places such as the Philippines, South Korea, Mexico, El Salvador, Haiti, Peru, Puerto Rico and Poland. We are Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Democrats, and Republicans. We have vast cultural differences and represent diverse ethnic and economic groups, yet we are forever bonded by this experience.” 
Thirty-two percent of our incoming class in 2013 were self-identified members of a minority group, the highest percentage in our law school’s history. That class also hailed from 28 states, Puerto Rico, and three foreign countries. Our students are single and married, parents and childless, fulltime and part-time. Some have military backgrounds, other performed service with organizations such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America.

Those who established professional careers prior to law school represent an amazing array of skills, everything from ballet dancers to bartenders to professional intelligence officers.
At CUA Law, we can guarantee that you will learn alongside classmates whose life experiences and perspectives are refreshingly different from your own. This is a vital component of any successful education.

Such an atmosphere is not merely the best way, it is the only way to effectively train lawyers who are equipped to serve society in the 21st century.
Your CUA Law Admissions Team,
Shani, Duane, Kristina




Special Programs

Washington Lawyer's Committee - Introduction to Legal Reasoning Program

Law Preview - National Diversity Scholarship Fund (for admitted students)


National Organizations/Initiatives

National Bar Associations

National Law Student Associations


District of Columbia






Contact Us!

Phone: 202-319-5151


Stop by:

Columbus School of Law
Office of Admissions
Suite 343
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE

Washington, DC 20064

Mailing Address:

Columbus School of Law
Office of Admissions
The Catholic University of America
Cardinal Station

Washington, DC 20064

Shani J.P. Butts, Director of Admissions

DUANE TOBIAS, assistant Director of Admissions