Howard University

Clinical Law Center

Howard University School of Law has a long history of engaging its students in real life legal issues and litigation, a central feature of law school clinical programs. Beginning with its legacy of legal activism in the civil rights cases in the early 20th century and culminating in the work of its faculty, students and alumni in the Brown v. Board of Education, Bolling v. Sharpe and other civil rights cases, clinical education at Howard has long provided students with the substantive legal knowledge, lawyering skills, client-centered focus and practical learning that is necessary for the development and training of outstanding social justice lawyers. The curriculum includes several courses that analyze substantive legal principles in varying practice settings.

The Law School recognizes that, in addition to the opportunity for simulation exercises, real-world experience is a critical skills and learning enhancer. With that realization in mind, our clinical programs provide an exceptional and innovative course of training that teaches students the skills necessary for the effective practice of law. The model is one of learning through experience, reflection and intellectual excellence; with a central goal to provide high quality legal assistance to the under-served and under-represented communities of the greater metropolitan District of Columbia area.

Providing students with opportunities to serve actual clients and work on real-life cases, the Center currently offers seven in-house clinical experiences, participation in a consortium program and an externship experience. The Clinical Law Center is an invaluable component in the School’s mission to train social justice advocates who will address the complex social and legal issues that confront the world today and in years to come.