Howard University School of Law

Howard University School of Law

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Howard University is the world’s most renowned historically black law school, dating back to 1869. This is where Thurgood Marshall went to law school, as well as hundreds of other well-known African Americans.

It has a 135-year tradition of leadership and service and focuses on setting the American educational and social agenda, particularly as it affects African Americans.

Today, 89 percent of the study body are minorities, gaining it an ‘A+’ in preLaw’s Diversity Honor Roll. The vast majority of faculty are also minorities.

Despite lower LSAT scores and incoming GPAs, the school does a very good job of attracting employers to interview on campus, and placement is very high at 93.9 percent. But the school has struggled with bar passage over the years — only 64 percent passed in 2010.

The private school, located in Northwest D.C., has a relatively new law library and ample space for its 473 students — and is located on 22 acres. It has kept tuition low at $26,439, and 53.6 percent of students receive a grant, highest in the region.

It has six clinics and three centers — Education rights, intellectual property and social justice, and the World Food Law Institute. It is one of the best schools for government, as ranked by preLaw magazine.

Published Spring 2012

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75th Percentile1533.46
25th Percentile1482.98
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$16000
Percent receiving grants41.20%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 76.60%
NJ Employment67.3
Bar Passage62.20%
Academic Profile
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