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Howard University School of Law (also known as Howard Law or HUSL) is one of the professional graduate schools of Howard Universitymarker. Located in Washington, D.C.marker, it is the oldest historically black college or university law school in the country. Today, Howard University School of Law confers an average of 185 Juris Doctorate and Master of Law degrees annually to students from the United States and countries in South America, the Caribbeanmarker, Africa, and Asia. Howard University School of Law is fully approved by the American Bar Association, and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

History

Howard University School of Law started as Howard University Law Department on January 6, 1869, under the leadership of Professor John Mercer Langston. At the time, there was a great need to train lawyers who would have a strong commitment to helping black Americans secure and protect their newly established rights.

In those days, the law school did not have classrooms. The students met at night in the homes and offices of the faculty, all of whom were part-time. In the 20th century, it became not only a school, but also the embodiment of legal activism. It emerged as a "clinic" on justice and injustice in America, as well as a clearinghouse for information on the civil rights struggle.

Objectives

The objective of the School of Law is to produce superior professionals, capable of achieving positions of leadership in law, business, government, education, and public service. Most importantly, Howard University School of Law is dedicated to producing social engineers.

Degrees Offered

Howard University School of Law offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.), and the Master of Laws (L.L.M). Additionally, students can enroll in the J.D./M.B.A. dual degree program with the Howard University School of Business.

Campus

The campus is located in the upper Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., in the Forest Hills area of the city. The law school is located on its own 22-acre campus approximately five miles from the main campus.

Notable Alumni

Howard University School of Law is one of the oldest law programs in the country. Established in 1869, the school has produced national leaders in politics, business, and in the legal profession. Among its distinguished graduates are Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder; former Washington, D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly; and current D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Henry Lee Adams, Jr., United States District Judge

Arthur L. Bennett Sr., Superior Court of the District of Columbia Judge

Stephanie Boswick, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge

Aisha N. Braveboy, Maryland House of Delegates

William Bryant, United States District Court Judge

Roland Burris, United States Senate

Maria Cabret, Supreme Court of the United States Virgin Islands

Robert L. Carter, United States District Court Judge

Mary Ann Shad Cary, first black woman to cast a vote in a national election

Wiley Young Daniel, United States District Court Judge

Richard Erwin, United States District Judge

Adrian Fenty, Mayor of Washington, DC

Wilkie Ferguson, United States District Judge

Emma Gillett, co-founder of American University's Washington College of Law and the first woman to be appointed notary public by the President of the United States

William P. Green, United States Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims

Joseph Woodrow Hatchett, United States District Court Judge

Odell Horton, former United States District Court Judge

Vernon E. Jordan Jr., former president of the National Urban League

J. Curtis Joyner, United States District Court Judge

Damon Keith, United States Court of Appeals Judge

Sharon Pratt Kelly, Mayor of Washington, DC

Consuelo Bland Marshall, United States District Court Judge

Thurgood Marshall, first African American United States Supreme Court Justice

Gregory Meeks, United States House of Representatives

Viki Miles-LaGrange, United States District Court Judge

Gabrielle Kirk McDonald, United States District Court Judge and International Criminal Tribunal

James E. O'Hara, United States House of Representatives

Charlotte E. Ray, first African American female lawyer

Karen E. Richardson, White House Office of Public Engagement

Scovel Richardson, United States Court of International Trade Judge

Anne Blackburn-Rigsby, District of Columbia Court of Appeals Judge

Spottswood Robinson, United States Court of Appeals Judge

William M. Skretny, United States District Court Judge

Emmet G. Sullivan, United States District Court Judge

Ive Arlington Swan, Supreme Court of the United States Virgin Islands

Anne Elise Thompson, United States District Court Judge

Joseph Cornelius Waddy, United States District Judge

Walter Washington, first Mayor of Washington, DC

Togo D. West, Jr., former United States Secretary of Veteran Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder, first African American United States Governor and current Mayor of Richmond Virginia

Alexander Williams Jr, United States District Court Judge

Harris Wofford, United States Senate

References

External Links

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