Welcome to Howard University School of Law

About Us

Welcome to Howard University School of Law. New and continuing students should check this website regularly, as it will be frequently updated with news, events, spotlights on our faculty, students, and alumni, giving opportunities, and, most importantly, essential announcements, helpful advice, scheduling, law school requirements, and more.

This is an exciting time to be part of Howard University School of Law. Our Law Library continues to offer unparalleled research and learning opportunities. We have remodeled and smart-wired all our classrooms to incorporate emerging information technologies. Additionally, every faculty member has their own website, enhancing the quality of the learning experience by facilitating better communication between students and faculty outside the classroom. In virtually every way, this law school is leveraging technology to continue its tradition of providing “leadership for America and the global community.”

We recently renovated the entrance to Charles Hamilton Houston Hall, home to many of our classrooms and administrative offices. We continue to upgrade our facilities and are very proud of the beauty and serenity of our campus.

Of course, some things here will never change. The faculty, staff, and administration of Howard University School of Law remain as committed as ever to providing its students with the finest legal education available and to preparing the next generation of leaders. Led by a visionary dean, we have an exceptionally talented faculty and student body, and thousands of alumni who are making significant contributions to the legal profession and their communities across the nation. We invite you to visit us often, through this website and in person whenever you can.

Thank you for visiting and welcome to Howard University School of Law.


Howard University School of Law is approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738.

Office of the Dean
Roger A. Fairfax Jr.
Dean and Professor of Law

Ms. Shalonda Colbert
Special Assistant to the Dean

Ms. La Shawn D. Reeder
Administrative Assistant

112 Charles Hamilton Houston Hall

Contact Us
(202) 806-8000

Our Mission

Consistent with providing the professional leadership necessary to advocate and defend the rights of all, but particularly of African-Americans and other minorities, it is the Law School’s mission to:

  1. Educate and enable students to develop their highest capabilities and skills as lawyers;

  2. Engage as an institution in the active pursuit of solutions to domestic and international legal, social, economic and political problems that are of particular concern to minority groups; and

  3. Imbue its students with dedication to excellence and commitment to the solutions to those problems.

Our History

The U.S. Congress chartered Howard University, a coeducational private institution in Washington, D.C., in 1867. Howard is a historically black institution that offers an educational experience of exceptional quality to students with high academic potential.


Welcome to the start of a journey that will test you academically and intellectually and nurture you socially and professionally.  At Howard University School of Law, we understand knowledge is found in textbooks and in the interactions of the different stakeholders of the institution; or as we label it, our family.

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The Office of Academic Affairs is primarily responsible for the internal administration and operation of the School of Law’s program of legal education. The Academic Affairs team includes the Clinical Law Center, Co-Curriculars (Moot Court Teams and Law Journals), the Legal Writing Program, Academic Success and Bar Preparation, and the Office of Records.

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