If I attend Howard, how good will my job prospects be coming out of there, also, how portable is the Howard degree?
If you graduate at the top of the class, you'll have lower top 14 job prospects. If you graduate in the middle or bottom, you'll be unemployed. Howard degree is very portable.
Lawyer: Hey Galt, where'd you go to school?
Lawyer: That's a great school. A damn fine school.
I'm sure its the same.
I attend Howard and the statement about middle and end of the pack students is a falsehood or bad attempt at humor.
Nearly everybody gets jobs by graduation. Top 1/3 gets market, easy. Top half still can but it requires alot of work i.e. great personality, real world experience, connections, and/or persistence. As mentioned already, there are so many firms that visit almost every week that you will have plenty opportunity to sell yourself and get your foot in the door. Bottom half has a more difficult time but still find jobs though they may not be high paying jobs. Nonetheless, many Howard students who do not get firm jobs end up working for the government (55-80k). I hear of very few leaving unemployed, and generally the ones who do did not take advantage of the myriad opportunities we are presented; the amount of opportunities we have literally borders on overkill. I could do a firm lunch, firm dinner, and interview with three firms in one day - as a 1L. And while it is true that that does not constitute an offer, many of us do get offers and the firms that come are earnestly looking for prepared candidates.
As for the comments about student body quality being based on LSAT: It's just hogwash. I can count on one hand the schools I would attend over Howard. In terms of black student populations, you would be hard pressed to find a group of black students outside of HYN that is as deep in talent as those that comprise Howard. White people (Asians, Hispanics, and Arabs) get jobs at Howard too, fyi (good ones!).
Half of Howard grads fail the bar. The student body quality may very well be excellent at the top, but it is not very deep at all. Every relevant number is low (GPA, LSAT, bar passage). Job opportunities are probably better than anywhere outside the 1st tier though.
I'm not sure if anyone responded to this yet, but these facts are very inaccurate. Howard grads mostly take the bar in NY and MD. HUSL's NY pass rates are comparable to any NY law school. 2007 MD results were poor, however the 2006 results were as good as other schools. The rest of the class takes the bar in a myriad of other states and I doubt that you have access to those results.