yngblkgifted wrote:Pardon my ignorance, but what is the point of pushing the HBCU's as your main deciding factor for law school? I'm black, and I don't understand why any educated black person would only consider HBCUs if job opportunities are to be hand at higher ranked law schools.
+ 1,000,000. And trust me, it's not your ignorance that needs pardoning in this thread.
I think HBCUs offer a pretty outstanding experience for many students. For example, Yale Law School often recruits from Howard University, Morehouse, etc. Harvard Business School, HLS and other great institutions are often populated with many alumni of HBCUs.
Kirkland & Ellis, Sullivan & Cromwell, Skadden and other top firms recruit at Howard Law. For a kid faced with a 160+, a full scholarship at Howard and having to pay market at UVA, she might choose wisely to go to a school with no debt and end up in the same position OR better than if she would have gone to the top 14 school.
Beyond the fact that high performers at Howard often get great opportunities (read: opportunities equal to or exceeding the ones that kids get at t-14s), there is the history of attending an HBCU and the often deep family connections.
NCCU is a good school and produced a former governor of North Carolina. NCCU also produces its fair share of solo practicioners, assistant DAs, in house attorneys, and public defenders. The school may not get your Wachtell, Lipton, but in North Carolina it can get you a great public interest job, a nice lifestyle In Durham, Greensboro, Raleigh, Burlington, etc and enough of an alumni base to start hustling when the time is right to strike out on your own. Also, if you are black, from NC and interested in politics, NCCU is pretty sweet.
Not every single law grad is risk adverse and HBCU students in particular are the epitome of cats who take chances and create their own luck.
As far as FAMU, though, I'd stay away from their law school.