LglEgl wrote:I attend Howard Law and it is an incredible institution.
And that's coming from a HBCU Undergrad (a top HBCU) and a PWI for another terminal degree. Administration can be a hinderance or a golden gate depending upon your attitude and how you handle challenges. In either case, if you learn from the experiences you have, struggle with admin will build character and resiliency.
Howard's administration is composed of people. Their work ethics vary, their perspectives on the importance of their jobs, how their role impacts students, etc. all varies. However, one thing is constant: People like to be respected and feel valued and appreciated. If you are kind, even when circumstances are unfavorable, Howard's administration will look out for you, typically customary for an HBCU environment. Its those who handle duress without finesse that have the most difficult time- and with such a pretentious group of students like Law Students, we can be a little low on the humility. Humility is key.
I've had so many incredible opportunities afforded me through the faculty and administration its unbelievable. I get emails and notices about opportunities because when I could have "acted a fool" I didn't and they recognized that.
Ultimately, its all about your attitude.
Thats my two cents on the "Administration Issue."
I disagree with much of this post. Howard's administration issues are about much more than "attitude". It is all about people who are unwilling or unable to do their jobs. I simply cannot count the number of times I have been directed and redirected from person to person to get the simplest task completed. The "customer service" is nearly nonexistent. There are those who are willing to help, and then there are people who just dont give a damn. The hassle they have put me through did not foster any sort of growing experience: it fostered resentment. They like to use this "building character" rhetoric to excuse their ineptitude.
As an undergrad, I have decided that I will never again deal with this school. I had a moment of insanity when I considered sending them an application just to see what would happen, but I quickly came to my senses and decided to save my $12. My advice to anyone: if you are familiair with the bassackwards way HBCU's notoriously do things and can deal with that stress and are looking for a TTT school in an already packed DC market, by all means go to Howard. But if you, like me, do not want to deal with that sort of stress during an already stressful time in your life, then do not go. There are 6 (7 in you count George Mason) law schools in the DC area and 6 of them are better than Howard. If you can get into any one of those PLEASE go there.