I am another HUSL student. Instead of working on my motion brief, I will continue to procrastinate and answer your questions too...
1)As far as government jobs I know some are more selective than otheres. How does Howard place in the elite government positions outside of the DO? (White House counsel, State Dept etc etc.
I am not sure about exact numbers on this, but go onto www.martindale.com
and search through the Howard grads and see what you come up with.
2) I was really impressed with the 17th ranked school in producing judges. I know a lot of howard grads start in big law and leave after a few years. Where do they go? Do you think its for the better?
Black attorneys leave big law for a number of reason. It can be a very tiring to be the only one after a while...may be getting the short end of the stick with work assignments, not a conducive environment for blacks, etc. Or, they may leave for the same reasons many white attorneys leave - family, major life change, moving, billable hours are the devil, etc. I think a LOT of people (too many actually) go into law firms just because they want to work at a firm and really don't know what you are getting themselves into. Working in a firm is not like working anywhere else. There is basically nothing that can prepare you for that, unless you have worked in a big firm before. And when you are there, you need a mentor, support system, etc. So, when people get there, the are overwhelmed and leave. That is true across the board...but retention of black attorneys is much lower and needs to be improved.
3) Why the 9 credits first semester and 21 the second?
2 classes carry over from 1st semester - legal writing and contracts
The reason is so that if you do really well first semester, you won't have any problems getting a job and then if you bomb 2nd semester...you still have your job. LOL! Also, like my colleague said, it gives people time to warm up to this whole law school thing and have a chance to do really well 2nd semester. But you MUST be focused, organized, and not on BLSD!!!
4) How does the class outside the top 30% and not on law review do as far as recuriting? How far do good firms dip into the class?
There are special things only for the top of the class and there are other opportunities open to everyone. It depends on the firm. What do you mean by "good" firm?
5) How do you feel about teaching prospect at the school? How well does Howard place in LLM programs?
Professors are highly qualified and I know that I am getting a top-notch education. I don't know anything about LLM and if you see me applying for another degree after this one - slap the sh*t out of me!!!
6) What parts of dc do most of the students live in?
I live in NE. People live all over. Don't get anything too far away from the school. You don't want to be late to class or spending valuable study time commuting. Make sure you visit your place before you move in. Don't rent an apartment online.
7) What are the 5 most frustrating things about howard?
Building is old
SPAM to my howard email account
did i mention the administration....
For the people who dont go to firms where are common places they head to?
HUSL grads are working all over - govt, private practice, public defender, law clerks. Again - check martindale.
9) How do you feel about prepping for law school?
Don't do it. Seriously - it is a total waste of time. Chill...you will have enough to do very soon.
10) How mean are the professors compared to other schools.
I don't think they are mean enough, but I am old school, so I might not be the person to ask. But I don't have any other point of reference...
11) What would a student coming into Howard be benefited in knowing.
First you are doing the right thing by asking questions. Make sure that you sign up for a mentor when the email comes out closer to the time school starts. The upperclassmen are ALWAYS, and I mean ALWAYS willing to help. My mentor walked up to me today and handed me a Property outline...and I didn't even ask.
I would also so that you really need to understand the gravity of what you are about to undertake. This is serious, serious business. I am sitting here with work up to my EYEBALLS!!!! It is manageable and worth it, but don't walk in thinking it is a game. The curve is NO JOKE.....
Oh - and PLEASE don't come in with a chip on your shoulder thinking you know everything (not directing this to you, but in general). It is so unattractive....and you will quickly find out that you know NOTHING...just like everybody else in the room. I don't care if your daddy was Thurgood Marshall and your first book was a treatise on civil procedure. Profs don't like that...and neither do your classmates.
ok - back to work...welcome to HU!