I currently go to a HBCU law school.
I think most on here will tell you to go the best school you can get into. And I agree.
Law school and everything in it is about trying to maximize your job opportunities.
So without sounding so cynical, gently take off your rose-colored glasses and see what the best school you can get into is.
Disagree. While the furor over getting a good job right out of law school is important, there are other considerations. The view you take is short-sighted and a bit overly simplistic.
I think Howard would be a great law school to choose over even some of the better law schools if you're from a heavy black area and want to go into politics.
I'd also say go to Howard if you're probably smarter than most of the people there. Look, Howard is going to give the top of the class the same or better opps as the kids at the most elite institutions. I turned down harvard (UG) to go to howard using the same rationale (plus I didn't wanna pay for school) and it worked out fine.
Here's a situation where going to the best school probably hurts the guy. Say he gets into BC and Howard. At Howard his LSAT GPA range suggests he'll be in the top 10% whereas he'll probably only be in the middle of the class at BC. BC is a "better" law school, but he'll probably have more opportunities at Howard.