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Howard University School of Law

Welcome to the Howard University School of Law. New and continuing students should check this website regularly because it will be used frequently to communicate with you regarding announcements, helpful advice, scheduling matters, law school requirements, and other important information. This is an exciting time to be a student, professor, alumnus, or staff member of the Law School. The new, state of the art Law Library is now open to serve you and offers unparalleled research and learning opportunities. We also have remodeled and smart wired several of our classrooms to incorporate emerging information technologies and to exploit the potential of the Internet. Additionally, every member of the faculty now has his or her own website which enhances the quality of the learning experience by making it even easier for students and faculty to communicate outside the classroom. In virtually every way, this law school is using technology to continue its tradition of providing 'Leadership for America and the Global Community'. Of course some things here will never change. The faculty and administration of the Howard University School of Law remain as committed as ever to providing its students with the finest legal education available and to preparing the next generation of leaders. Led by a visionary dean we have an exceptionally talented faculty and student body and thousands of alumni who are already making significant contributions to the legal profession and to their communities all across the nation. I invite you to visit us often through the Internet and in person if you can. Thanks for visiting and welcome to the Howard University School of Law.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 393
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 150 - 155
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.99 - 3.46
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 59.53%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 96.0%
Tuition $31,640

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Overview

About Howard University School of Law

Welcome to the Howard University School of Law. New and continuing students should check this website regularly because it will be used frequently to communicate with you regarding announcements, helpful advice, scheduling matters, law school requirements, and other important information. This is an exciting time to be a student, professor, alumnus, or staff member of the Law School. The new, state of the art Law Library is now open to serve you and offers unparalleled research and learning opportunities. We also have remodeled and smart wired several of our classrooms to incorporate emerging information technologies and to exploit the potential of the Internet. Additionally, every member of the faculty now has his or her own website which enhances the quality of the learning experience by making it even easier for students and faculty to communicate outside the classroom. In virtually every way, this law school is using technology to continue its tradition of providing 'Leadership for America and the Global Community'. Of course some things here will never change. The faculty and administration of the Howard University School of Law remain as committed as ever to providing its students with the finest legal education available and to preparing the next generation of leaders. Led by a visionary dean we have an exceptionally talented faculty and student body and thousands of alumni who are already making significant contributions to the legal profession and to their communities all across the nation. I invite you to visit us often through the Internet and in person if you can. Thanks for visiting and welcome to the Howard University School of Law.

Reviews

In the tradition of the famous civil rights lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston, Howard University promotes its “legacy for cultivating social engineers.” Because Howard is historically a Black institution, its students take their responsibility of serving as the next generation of minority attorneys very seriously. A 3L reports: “Many of our professors encourage us to think beyond the rules of the law and apply it to the real world and also to analyze the implications of the law, particularly as they apply to poor and minority communities.” This classroom emphasis on “strong policy and social justice responses to the law” further provides students with the experience they need to succeed in their careers post graduation. Howard’s Washington, DC, location “makes it easy to connect with professionals in a variety of fields, especially if you are going into public interest.” Students find internships and jobs with the government, nonprofits, and lobby organizations. However, not everyone wants to engineer society from the trenches: “Corporate law is alive and well at Howard.” A 2L reports, “Students focus on getting a job more than anything, especially those highly coveted six-figure law firm positions.” The Career Placement Office staff members win approval from the students for their “tireless efforts to encourage firms to recruit and hire from Howard.” Students feel as if they’re in “the center of the recruiting universe,” with plenty of “unique opportunities because of our institution’s history.” Some students even feel that Howard has become too workforce-oriented and places too intense a focus on “teaching students how to be employees instead of leaders and innovators.” Most, however, appreciate the “emphasis on practical experience,” including clinics in criminal justice, immigration law, small business law, and alternative dispute resolution. In the classroom, students enjoy “a nontraditional dialogue approach,” which allows them to get to know their professors, whom they consider “intense, dedicated, . . . absolutely brilliant, and true scholars in their respective fields.” Beyond their achievements, the faculty is personally invested in the success of students. Professors “push hard” and “expect a lot,” but also maintain the fine line between testing students’ limits and keeping them afloat. Dean Kurt Schmoke, the former Mayor of Baltimore, also racks up popularity points for his “pleasant attitude and accessibility.” His reputation mitigates some gripes with the rest of the administration, whose “Bureaucracy can be a little frustrating.” Howard also offers “merit-based awards to the top 50 percent of the class” as a way of encouraging students to succeed. One of the highlights of a Howard Law education is the Legal Research, Reasoning, and Writing Program, which trains students in the elusive arts of navigating a law library, formulating analogical reasoning, and writing readable legalese. “Legal and scholarly writing is very important, and recruiters are constantly commenting on the quality of the writing from this law school,” notes a 3L. Students looking for courses beyond the scope of the Howard curriculum may take part in a summer program in Cape Town, where they have the chance to study international trade law and visit the South Africa Parliament. Additionally, the school runs an exchange program with Brigham Young University School of Law and the University of Vermont for students interested in environmental law. On the Howard campus, you won’t spot a law student without the required laptop, although some experience difficulty when they try to find a place to plug in and log on. “It’s currently difficult to rely on Howard Law e-mail for communication from employers,” writes a 3L. Students complain about classrooms with shabby furnishing and arctic temperatures in the winter. The brand-new library, however, earns praise for offering “lots of study space in a quiet and state-of-the-art building.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 0

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law and process related to the regulation of businesses and the financial services industry. Includes instruction in corporate law, antitrust law, securities law and regulation, negotiation, incorporation, partnerships, trusts, and related topics

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 137

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA - 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 58
Full-Time Faculty 25
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 24
Faculty Gender 56% Male
43% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 17 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 40% Male
60% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2%
Multi-racial 0%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 83%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $31,640 Same as On-Campus
Housing $98,698 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $130,338 $31,640

Financial Aid

95% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$29,000 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 31

Incoming Class

Howard University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 150 - 155
LSAT Total 150 - 155

Howard University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.99 - 3.46
Total 2.99 - 3.46

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Interview, Recommendations

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 74%
First Time Pass Rate 60%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 83%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 300
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 96%
Average Starting Salary $72,465
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 9 7%
Firm Sized 11-25 1 1%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 1%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 2 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 5 4%
Firm Sized 501+ 16 13%
Business Industry 25 20%
Government 26 21%
Public Interest 12 10%
Federal Clerkship 2 2%
State Clerkship 22 18%
Academia 2 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 13 9%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NY 14%
MD 14%
DC 38%
International 2%

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