Professor Harold McDougall - Faculty Spotlight

As the newly-appointed director of the Master of Laws (LL.M.) program at Howard University School of Law, Professor Harold McDougall wants to provide support to young "millennial" lawyers.


“Generally, young millennial lawyers are those graduating from law school after 2000,” Professor McDougall said recently. “I want to provide support to them as they develop their careers,” he said. “The enhanced LL.M. program at Howard University School of Law is a catalyst towards doing so. For example, a young lawyer might want to use the LL.M. program as a sabbatical, to hit the reset button, to generate new contacts, or to go in a new direction,” he said. “I plan to build support networks in key cities around the country to provide our LL.M. students with a place to land when they finish the LL.M. year.”

The restructured LL.M. program at Howard is designed to attract international and domestic students, said McDougall. “The new LL.M. program will take advantage of both the academic strength of the law school and the resources available in Washington, DC,” he explained. In addition to the traditional courses offered in most LL.M. programs, Howard’s program will also offer—to both domestic and international students—selected courses in human rights, civil rights, and social justice. “Students interested in social justice will find special meaning and unique opportunities for growth and development at Howard because of our civil rights history and our legacy as social engineers,” he said.  

“I also want to build an on-line CLE option for young lawyers who can't take a year, but would like to join the conversation, looking at pathways and playbooks for a sustainable, progressive legal career,” he said. Professor McDougall said there is a lot of excitement and energy around the LL.M. program at Howard. “I look forward to its growth and continued expansion of course offerings over the next few years,” he said. “There are so many opportunities for young lawyers, and others, to further their careers by enrolling in our LL.M. program.”

Learn more about the domestic and international LL.M. programs on the law school’s Web site.

View Professor McDougall’s faculty Bio.

Also, check out this video of a speech Prof. McDougall delivered to the New England Clinical Legal Conference at Boston University School of Law last year. In it, he focuses on the Japanese concept of ikigai, one’s reason for being, or "that which makes you want to get up in the morning."