Overview of Career Services and Howard University School of Law

The Office of Career Services

A major goal of the Office of Career Services is to effectively serve employers’ hiring needs through a combination of professional rigor and personal concern that is the basis of successful hiring. To match an employer’s needs with qualified applicants, the Office of Career Services takes great care in assessing the individual candidate’s skills, background, and career plans. The office also develops comprehensive information on the special needs of the employers participating in the programs.

The law school’s services to employers are described below. Employers requiring additional information or assistance can contact the Office of Career Services. A staff member will be available to provide further details and respond to specific inquiries.

Office of Career Service - Guide for Recruiters

Founded in 1869, the Howard University School of Law ranks among the nation’s senior institutions for legal education. With its state-of-the-art new law library and experienced and dedicated faculty and administrators, Howard University School of Law prepares students for the bar requirements in all states and the District of Columbia. The school is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is an active member of the Association of American Law Schools.

Academic Programs and Degrees

Our broad-based program of study includes a basic 3-year program, leading to the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.); a 4-year program offered in conjunction with the School of Business Administration, leading to a joint J.D./M.B.A.; and a program for graduates of foreign law schools, leading to a Master of Law in Comparative Law (LL.M.).


The 33 full-time and 25 adjunct members of the law faculty compose a distinguished body of scholars who were carefully recruited for their specific areas of expertise. With advanced credentials from such prestigious institutions as Harvard, Yale, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Howard, University of Michigan, and Georgetown, faculty members actively engage students in a variety of challenging classroom and clinical experiences.

Student Profile

A total of 450 full-time students, who represent 12 countries, 45 states, and over 120 undergraduate institutions, are enrolled in the law school. The student body represents a broad spectrum of educational backgrounds, interests, skills, and outstanding scholastic aptitudes. The school also consists of 90 percent minority students and 65 percent women.

Grading System

The law school uses the following system for final grades:













A J.D. student will be placed on academic probation if the student has a cumulative weighted grade point average between 72.00 and 74.99 after the end of the first year. A student who is on academic probation after the end of the first year must also participate in the upper-class Academic Support Program. Failure to participate in the Academic Support Program is grounds for dismissal. With the exception of the summer semester, probation shall terminate during the semester in which the student obtains a cumulative GPA of 75.

Our 4-point scale roughly converts as follows:


Standard GPA



89 – 85

3.99 – 3.50

84 – 80

3.40 – 3.00

79 – 75

2.99 – 2.50

74 – 70

2.49 – 2.00

69 – 65

1.99 – 1.50

64 – 60

1.49 – 1.00

59 – less

.99 – less

Job Listings

Employers unable to visit the Howard Law campus can notify the Office of Career Services of job opportunities for interested students or graduates. Employers unable to visit the Howard Law Campus can advertise employment opportunities here.

Employer Information Sessions

If an organization would like to conduct an information session to discuss its practice and job opportunities, the Office of Career Services will make the necessary arrangements.

Employer Receptions

The Office of Career Services coordinates receptions for prospective employers during the academic year. These events provide an excellent opportunity for Howard Law School students to become better acquainted with an employer’s practice or business, and for employers to meet highly qualified candidates.

Practice Area Marketplace (P.A.M) held in Fall usually in November

1L Private Sector Reception held in the Spring usually in February

Nondiscrimination Policy

Howard University School of Law is committed to a policy against discrimination in the interviewing or employment of its students based on race, sex, religious creed, marital status, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, handicap, or political affiliation.