flat-fifth wrote:After reading some negative posts about HU, I searched through the Vault Law 100 and discovered that HU grads are present in many of the top firms. The commonality among associates and partners is Law Review. I recognize that making it onto a journal is very difficult (top 10%?), but it appears that HU does provide a pathway to BigLaw.
Is it irrational to assume that this is a feasible option? Is it equally as difficult to achieve top 30% at a T14 as it is to achieve top 10% at HU?
Honestly, most everyone I know who went to Howard Law is at a BIGLAW firm. One of my close acquaintance is actually a black female attorney who graduated from Howard and is working overseas as counsel for a firm of similar reputation to Cravath/Skadden/Davis Polk, etc.
HU is a toss up, but with it comes a stigma of being at a large firm because of your skin color and not due to your school's reputation or grades. It will require you to jump more hoops than say a fellow black or URM associate who went to one of HYSCCN.
Honestly, if it came down to the likes of Vandy or USC at sticker versus HU on near or full scholly, I would choose HU. Just expect to work twice as hard there. I also hear the admin (like most admins at other HBCUs) really sucks. Hopefully you won't have to make such a decision in your cycle.