Howard Law Soars To Top 100 U.S. News & World Report Best Law Schools 2022 Rankings

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 30, 2021) — Howard University School of Law has jumped 16 points to a rank of No. 91 on the latest U.S. News & World Report 2022 rankings list of the best law schools as evaluated on 20 measures of academic quality, including peer assessment score, acceptance rates, bar passage rates and placement success. The achievement marks the law school’s best record to date.  

“It is gratifying to see the hard work of our faculty, staff, and students recognized through our steady rise in the U.S. News rankings,” said Howard University School of Law Dean Danielle Holley-Walker. “While we know that rankings do not define the excellence of our law school, it is wonderful to see our gains in admissions, bar passage, and career placement recognized through the rankings. It is an especially important signal for the entire legal profession to see Howard Law’s ranking rise.”

Holley-Walker recalls the days the law school ranked No. 135 when she arrived, and the ways in which Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick discussed establishing the goal to ascend into the Top 100 – a first for Howard Law. Additionally, U.S News recognized Howard University School of Law in other major categories, including:

Law: Trial Advocacy – No. 30

Law: Clinical Training – No. 32

Law: Legal Writing – No. 41 

Law: Criminal Law – No. 50 

Law: Constitutional Law – No. 52

Law: Intellectual Property – No. 52

Law: Contracts/Commercial Law – No. 62

Law: Corporate Law – No. 71

Law: International Law – No. 86

The largest factors contributing to the law school’s improved score this year are its high peer reputation, improved Bar passage rate, career placement statistics, and improved student credentials.

Howard Law has been educating legal scholars for 150 years and boasts such notable alumni as Legal trailblazer Pauli Murray and former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

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About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit