JD Application and Information

The HUSL JD and LLM applications are available.
We look forward to reviewing your 2024 application.
The priority deadline to be considered for scholarships is December 15, 2023.
All applications must be submitted by March 15, 2024.

Howard University School of Law is not offering any fee waivers for the 2024 application cycle.

Applying to the Law School

Applicants are required to submit an application online. You may apply on-line at Click Here to Apply to Howard University School of Law as a JD

Upon receipt of your application, your initial status will show as INCOMPLETE. Once your file is processed, your online status checker will reference what items are missing, whether your file is being held for a future LSAT, etc. Otherwise, the progression of your status will show as READY FOR REVIEW, REVIEW IN PROGRESS, etc. Please send any application updates to husladmit@law.howard.edu. Please do not send any documents or inquiries to the admissions team.

Please note that this link is for JD applicants only. If you want to apply as a JD/MBA, Visitor, Transfer or LLM applicant, please select the appropriate link under the “Prospective Student” section of the website.

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE PAGE BEFORE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION.

Required Documents

Application

Applications must be started by 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2024 if the applicant is applying for the 2024 entering class.

An application must be COMPLETED by MARCH 15th. The Admissions Committee no longer uses a rolling admissions system. Completed application files are considered beginning in November, and candidates are notified in either December or March. Accordingly, as an applicant, you are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible.

Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)

Howard University requires a score from Law School Admission Counsel's (LSAC) Law School Admission Test (LSAT) for every applicant. The latest test you should take to apply for an active admissions cycle is the last test date before the deadline. Currently, Howard Law does not accept the GRE as a substitute for the LSAT.

Ideally candidates will take the February LSAT as the LSAT administration for the fall entering class.  Please note that you if you take the April LSAT, the number of seats and the availability of scholarships may be drastically diminished by the time your updated CAS report is received.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement assists the Admissions Committee in selecting a diverse entering class of students. It is also used to assess each applicant’s written English skills. The personal statement provides applicants with an opportunity to describe the uniqueness of his or her character, abilities, and experience and to assist us in getting to know and understand you as a person. You should discuss those aspects of your background, experience, talents, achievements, and interests that you believe would be important for us to know. Applicants are encouraged to write about issues of diversity, academic history, community service activities, and professional experience. Personal statements should also detail the applicant’s interest in Howard’s Law School and how attending Howard will allow you to realize your dreams and aspirations. Your personal statement should be typed 12 point font, double-spaced, and no longer than three pages. Your statement must be submitted with the application.

12-point font.  Double spaced.  Regular margins.  No photos.

Why Howard Essays 

Please do not submit a Why Howard/HUSL essay.  Applicant should discuss the HUSL's mission in their personal statemen

Optional Essay - 500 word max

Share an example of a time when you engaged in service to your community. How has this experience prepared you to be a leader and social engineer in the legal profession?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the optional essay. If you submitted your application and the optional essay exceeds the 500 word/character limit, you are encouraged to submit a new statement adhering to the word count.  This updated document can be sent to husladmit@law.howard.edu

Please follow the instructions for the prompt.  This pertains to the characters and the substance of the statement.  This statement should not be used as regurgitation of your resume.  This statement should not be used as section of your personal statement, a diversity statement, nor an adversity statement. 

Diversity Statements

Please be very thoughtful about a decision to submit a Diversity Statement to HUSL.  Review the mission of HUSL and HU and make a thoughtful and strategic decision about this specific statement.  Additionally, please be sure to not confuse adversity with diversity.

Addenda/Optional Essays/Explanations

Please note - not every applicant needs to submit an addendum.    If your cumulative LSAT score and/or highest  LSAT score fall below the median of the previous entering class, you should submit a brief, factual statement.

Additionally, if you have taken the LSAT more than once and there is a change of score (increase or decrease) of more than 2-3 points, you should a brief statement outlining what led to the change in score.

This document should not exceed 2-3 paragraphs.

Letters of Continued Interest (LOCI)

This type of letter should only be submitted if you have been waitlisted at HUSL.  Each law school has different rules, parameters, etc.

(Please visit the waitlist section below.)

Hint hint - the majority of HUSL applicants should not submit a Diversity Statement.

 

Two Letters of Recommendation Required; Three will be accepted

Howard University requires two letters of recommendation.
Please note that you should be strategic in terms of who you select to write your letters of recommendation.  

For applicants who are currently matriculating or who have recently graduated, we prefer that faculty members or teaching assistants submit both letters. If you are currently working on a full-time basis, letters from professional colleagues, employers, and/or supervisors are acceptable. If you are self-employed, please ensure you submit letters from your clients and/or customers.  The letters should address your academic potential, work ethic, relevant skills and your character. We will only accept letters that are submitted through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), which serves all member schools. This service is included in your CAS registration subscription.

Resume

We require an up-to-date history of all of your employment since high school graduation, including summer or military positions. Please include the dates of your employment. If a period of time has elapsed since your graduation from college, please account for your activities from graduation to present, even if you have not been employed full-time.

Please do not forget to add the hours worked per week for work experience, leadership experience, volunteer/community service/work, etc.
Please do not include references.
Please do not add objective.

Transcripts

We require a copy of your Transcripts from the CAS report that is submitted via the LSAC.org website.

Required Material from Foreign Educated Students

Howard University School of Law requires that your foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service ("CAS"). If you completed any postsecondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a US or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript. This service is included in the CAS subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your CAS report. If we determine that you need to submit a TOEFL score, you must contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC’s TOEFL code for the JD Credential Assembly Service is 0058. Your score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your CAS law school report.

To use the JD CAS, log in to your online account and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it promptly to them. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts.

Questions about the JD Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at 215.968.1001, or LSACINFO@LSAC.org.

Qualifications beyond Completion of Law School to Practice Law in the United States

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
 

Scholarship Reconsideration or Negotiation

HUSL does not reconsider or negotiate scholarships.
We lead with our best offer based on the scholarship budget and statistical goals for the cycle. 

All decisions are final

There is no appeal process.  All decisions rendered are final.

Admitted Students

Congratulations to our new Bison!
You will receive your formal admissions information soon.  
This includes but is not limited to:  seat deposit amounts, seat deposit deadlines, merit scholarship (if eligible), information on admitted student only events, University log in information, etc.

THE FOLLOWING ARE NEW SECTIONS.  THIS INFORMATION SHOULD BE LISTED AFTER THE REQUIREMENTS FOR FOREIGN APPLICANTS)

Waitlisted

Letters of Continued Interest (LOCI)

HUSL will accept one LOCI from waitlisted candidates.
The best time to submit this statement is after the first seat deadline which is April 15. 
The waitlist is not ranked.
The number of applicants that may be admitted from the waitlist varies year to year.
**We will confirm what tool we are using to confirm your intent to remain on the waitlist or withdraw via email soon.

Denied

If you are denied, you must wait until the next admissions cycle to reapply.
We cannot provide applicants with insight or information about how their application can be improved until after the class is seated.
Ideally, we will host a reapplicant workshop in early September each year.

 

Office of Admissions
Staff

Tracy L. Simmons
Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs

Jiovanna Bryant
Director of Admissions
(202) 806-8009

Location
2900 Van Ness Street, N.W.
219 Holy Cross Hall
Washington, DC 20008

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
9am-5pm

Contact Us
(202) 806-8009

Virtual Office Hours
January-February 2024

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
11:00-12:00 p.m. PST/2:00-3:00 p.m. EST

Thursday, February 8, 2024
4:00-5:00 pm PST/7:00 -8:00 pm EST

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
12:00-1:00 pm PST/3:00-4:00 pm EST

Thursday, February 29, 2024
1:30-2:30 pm PST/4:30-5:30 pm EST