OK, so I know you were asking for someone with experience with this question who doesn't just want to give their personal opinion...and I have no experience with this question, and I'm just going to give you my personal opinion. Sorry
Here, do this for me. Think of five types of jobs that you'd like to have 10 years from now. Let's say this list includes: 1)big law firms, 2)small/medium size law firms, 3)governmen agencies, 4)in-house counsels, and something else. Go to the websites of these types of employers. You will find many, many more Georgetown grads than Howard grads. Don't assume that public interest/government type jobs aren't snobby about what schools they hire from. Many are even more elitist than big law firms.
If you decide on Howard, do let me know. Either way, I'll be interested to know where you'll be since I'm in DC. Are you doing the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights summer prep? I heard its a really good way of getting in gear.
Just called Howard to let them know my deposit will be in on Monday. Now I have a few more months to think about it. This process is so expensive...