The Howard University School of Law was ranked No. 2 out of the Top 100 Law Degree Producers for African-Americans by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, a leading trade publication for and about underrepresented groups in higher education. The bi-monthly magazine released the annual U.S. ranking for 2017 along with a feature of Howard law school dean Danielle Holley-Walker in the July 12 issue.
“I am thrilled to see our ranking,” says Dean Holley-Walker. “The ranking is confirmation that Howard Law continues to produce the next generation of outstanding African-American attorneys who excel in fields from corporate law to civil rights to intellectual property. Howard Law graduates continue to embody innovative thinking, problem solving, and cutting-edge legal practice.”
The Howard University School of Law is historically recognized for its legacy of producing some of the most notable civil rights attorneys, including civil rights hero and the first African-American justice of the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall. This legacy is one the dean says the department is continuing.
The law school recently opened the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center with Associate Professor Justin Hansford, a Howard University alumnus, as executive director. Hansford was an advocate for protestors and the family of Michael Brown who was fatally shot by police in Ferguson, MO in 2014.
The top ranking from Diverse Issues in Higher Education comes on the heels of Howard Law School’s recent ranking as No. 25 of the Top 50 Go-To Law Schools by the National Law Journal. This ranking, released March 2018, identifies schools that sent the highest percentage of 2017 graduates to the largest 100 firms.