It's a predominantly black law school in DC. The reason it is so highly recruited from is primarily because it is the largest historically black law school. Even Wachtell Lipton Rosen Katz recruits there, and they are by far the most difficult law firm in the country to get an offer from. Firm recruiters are always on the lookout for black law students to recruit (especially black males), and there is no better place to look then Howard. Despite its poor rankings and lackluster GPA/LSAT score averages, it has produced a number of highly impressive jurists, Thurgood Marshall probably being the most notable of its alumni. It also has a very dedicated faculty, and is a hot spot for the formation and cultivation of the nation's premiere African American leaders.