Howard University School of Law

Howard University School of Law

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Howard University School of Law 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.

It is no wonder then that it is the nation's No. 1 law school for African Americans, as ranked by preLaw magazine. In 2017-18, 80.6 percent of students and 81.4 percent of faculty were African American. 

Despite lower LSAT scores and incoming GPAs, the school does a very good job of attracting employers to interview on campus, and placement is strong at 75 percent. But the school has struggled with bar passage over the years. For the Class of 2015, 72.88 percent passed the bar exam within four tries. That was one of the lowest rates in the region, and below what the ABA requires. 

The private school, located in Northwest D.C., has a relatively new law library and ample space for its 400 or so students. It has kept tuition modest at $37,534, with net tuition at an estimated $30,845. 

It has six clinics and four centers — Education rights, intellectual property and social justice, the World Food Law Institute, and the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center. The civil right center focuses on the school's mission of producing lawyers who are public servants dedicated to their communities. 

"We're laser-focused on our mission of creating lawyers who will go out into the world and make their communities a better place," said Dean Danielle Holley-Walker.



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75th Percentile1533.46
25th Percentile1482.98
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$22289
Percent receiving grants45.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 83.30%
NJ Employment75.82
Bar Passage77.55%
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