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By Kelsey Evers
University News
February 16, 2012      
School of Law Ranked Among Top 20 Public Service Schools
Dean Kurt L. Schmoke with students of Howard University School of Law
WASHINGTON – The Howard University School of Law was recently ranked as one of the top 20 schools in the nation for producing public service graduates by The National Jurist magazine.

The schools were identified based on data collected from American Bar Association law schools across the nation. Top-rated schools had strong showings in job placement, curriculum and standard of living. Howard’s ranking was within the government sector category. The other public service categories ranked by the magazine were prosecution and public defenders, state and local clerkships and public interest. The rankings appear in the January 2012 issue of the magazine.

“We are proud of the strong public service accomplishments of graduates of the Howard University School of Law, and we are pleased to see that exemplary record recognized by a national publication,” said Kurt L. Schmoke, dean of the Howard University School of Law.

According to the magazine, although the most visible government attorneys are usually prosecutors, a greater number of new graduates land legal jobs in the government. About 6.6 percent of law students in the U.S. take government positions. At Howard, 19 percent of new law school graduates take jobs in the government

sector, according to the magazine. Howard’s percentage outranks a number of other law schools in the country. The School of Law’s location also sets it apart. Ten of the top 15 law schools for government are located in either Washington, D.C. or in a state capital.

“Howard University School of Law provides its students with premier professional and academic skills that are applicable to any government service sector,” said Yolanda Melville, a third year law student at Howard and former Department of Justice intern. “Government agencies call on Howard Law to provide bright, diligent, and most importantly, civil-rights minded attorneys.”

After graduation, Melville will work as a judicial law clerk for Judge Susan F. Maven in the Atlantic City Superior Court, Appellate Division.
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Howard University is a private research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 24 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at

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