Full ride @ Howard OR uber-debt @ Georgetown/Duke ??
I read the earlier discussion re: UVa and found it very helpful, but I'd like to get fresh perspectives on this....
Thanks in advance.
I go to Howard. It is a great school. There are so many recruitment opportunities and chances to network. I literally have 30 e-mails in my mailbox right now concerning job opportunities. There are seminars and panels, luncheons and cocktail parties, mock interviews and resume reviews, and invitations to apply for clerk positions and government jobs. Employers come to Howard, obviously, looking for black students.
Howard is a unique school. It's Tier 3, but I know a student who will be working at WLK when he graduates in May. Traditional wisdom states that if you finish top third a job at market rate is yours, as in employers will seek you out and compete for your services. 1L's have OCI in the Spring and a minority land associate positions their first year.
The professors are excellent. One of my teachers worked on the Jena 6 case and the Seattle school segregation case; students who are part of the Civil Rights clinic also were able to contribute.
We are almost like one big family. I did not pay for half of my books because 2L and 3L students gave them to me along with outlines and advice. It is a very nurturing community; fun, even. I have had the time of my life, in this, my first year.
I cannot speak on Georgetown extensively, or on Duke at all. However, the black people I have met at Georgetown seem like good people. And just from my own snap judgements on the few Georgetown students I met, it seems like the best at Howard can easily compete with Georgetown students. I know several people who turned down offers at NYU and VA and Gtown to attend Howard. Indeed, a lot of people who attend Howard look past the numbers (rankings, bar passage, etc…) and come anyway. In my opinion, this contributes to the environment at Howard and the prevailing feeling that we are there to be more than just lawyers, but social engineers with a conscious.