I, too, am a 1L (well rising 2L) at HU.
I was accepted to several t25 schools, but at the end of the day, HUSL was far superior when it came to ROI (return on investment). I must preface by saying that I was given more than a full scholarship, which, of course, was very influential in my initial decision; however, now that I'm here, I would highly recommend the school regardless of the scholarship. Why? 1.) Even if you are paying full tuition, HUSL is still much less expensive than many comparable schools. 2.) My academic experience has been nothing short of the best-- my professors are truly amazing and always eager to engage the students. 3.) The employment opportunities that I have received have been very impressive even in this tough economy,
I’d like to take a moment to expand on point #3 since it is many peoples primary reason for choosing law school-- I know it was mine. This year I had many, many interviews. In addition –- and certainly one of my most memorable moments--I was able to have dinner with Wachtell ( yes, the #1 firm in the country). Moreover, there were tons of scholarships and summer associate position opportunities that were designed solely for HU students—I happen to be the benefit of one of those summer associate positions. With that being said, many of the board members spend much time debating about the motivation behind employers’ willingness to come to the HUSL: are they only there to say the went? Do they actually hire? Are they there only because they are black? My point, whatever their motivation, they are here, and in an economy where firms are cutting visits left and right, that is most important. After all, the opportunity is a predecessor to the actual offer. ( I have many friends at top tier law school who have not received the same opps.)
Nonetheless, if you choose HU, you must be prepared to come and do well. You must be especially conscious of the stereotypes of minorities in the legal profession, and you must be determined to prove them false. AND you must be committed to the legacy of continuing greatness. The students who come with this attitude will do best at Howard, and they will certainly be able to tap into the resources of the legacy that is the HUSL.