Overview of Career Services and Howard University School of Law

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