I would love to hear about your experiences with on-campus recruiting. Do you know how far into the class law firm recruiters dig to find students to interview?
Like AC said, the firms don't post different cut-offs for people of color. However, most firms that post "top-third" or "top-half" don't actually mean those cut-offs for most students. That really means "top 15% and law review" UNLESS you are diverse. The people I know who were only top-third (and not in some other way special) and got interviews with big firms during our on-campus interviews were all people of color.
And, like AC said, there are more opportunities for us to search out jobs. A lot of firms send diversity recruiters to GW, outside of the recruiters that come from firms for regular stuff.
I think that recruiters dig deeper into our class for diverse candidates than they go at Howard. At GW, firms are looking for top 15-20%, and they'll reach down to top 35-40% for diverse candidates. At Howard, as I understand it (and folks who know more can correct me if I'm wrong), they set their cut-off (10-15%) and that's it. There's no lower cut-off for diverse candidates, because they assume that basically ALL candidates from Howard are diverse.
I'd rather be diverse and median at GW than at Howard.
HOWEVER, I wouldn't want to be median at either of them if I was paying full price (or close to it).