Message from the Dean

Welcome to the website for the Howard University School of Law. Our law school is defined by our tradition of producing lawyer leaders who make significant change in the world. Howard University School of Law students, faculty, and alumni are deeply engaged in our mission of pursuing social justice in the 21st century. Our social justice mission is defined broadly to include civil rights, criminal justice, environmental justice, human rights, and inclusion and opportunity in the corporate and financial world.

Washington, D.C. provides the perfect backdrop for the work of our law school. In Washington, D.C. our students have the opportunity to choose an externship with a federal agency, work for a non-profit or public policy organization, or clerk at some of the most prestigious law firms in the United States.

The faculty at Howard law school are highly skilled and committed teachers and scholars. They work to give students the tools they need to go out into the world and excel in the profession. Our curriculum offers students depth of doctrinal knowledge, practical lawyering skills, and the perspective to examine and critique the law, so that they can make change in the world.

We are especially proud of “bridge to practice” experiential learning curriculum. Our law school offers six clinics including: the investor justice clinic, civil rights clinic, alternative dispute resolution clinic and fair housing clinic. These clinical opportunities offer our students the ability to hone their lawyering skills and to do good for our community.

This is a new era in Howard’s important legacy. As we celebrate​ our 150th and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, our law school continues to strongly embrace the legacy of Thurgood Marshall, Pauli Murray, and other distinguished alums who fought for social justice. We hope that you will find the information on our site informative.

Danielle Holley-Walker