Consumer Information (ABA Required Disclosures)

This information is presented in compliance with the ABA Standard 509 Report.


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. Particular emphasis is placed on providing educational opportunities for promising African Americans and other minority students. The university has a diverse student body and faculty. The main campus of Howard University is located in northwest Washington, with the law school on a separate campus approximately fifteen minutes away.

Character and Fitness Notification

All applicants to Howard University School of Law are informed via this notice that beyond graduating from an ABA accredited law school and passing an exam testing knowledge of the state law in which a person intends to practice; jurisdictions (also known as states) require a character and fitness review. The character and fitness review is an evaluation of an applicant’s past and present state of personal and professional development to determine the overall judgment and moral capacity to practice law. The applicant’s obligation to report misconduct or disciplinary action is immediate and continuing. That obligation begins with your application to Howard and continues throughout your matriculation and career. Applicants are encouraged to investigate the specific rules and responsibilities of jurisdictions of interest for detailed information and guidance.

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