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The Charles Hamilton Houston Scholars Program (CHHSP) improves undergraduate performance while preparing students for law school.

Who is Charles Hamilton Houston?
Charles Hamilton Houston

Charles Hamilton Houston (1895–1950) was an African-American lawyer, dean of the Howard University School of Law and litigation director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

He played a significant role in dismantling the Jim Crow laws and trained future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Born in Washington, D.C., Houston attended Amherst College and Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review and graduated cum laude.

Known as “The Man Who Killed Jim Crow,” Houston played a role in nearly every civil rights case before the Supreme Court between 1930 and 1954, when he masterminded the strategy that attacked the “separate but equal” doctrine and led to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision.

The Charles Hamilton Houston Scholars Program helps under-represented college freshmen and sophomores develop the academic skills needed to improve undergraduate performance and enhance their opportunity for admission to and success in law school.


CHHSP focuses on the challenges often faced by minority students who may not have had or have utilized the social, experiential and cultural capital that facilitates success and enhances confidence. Weekly workshops designed and conducted by legal experts help empower students to meet and overcome these challenges. The program focuses on reading comprehension, analytical and critical thinking, writing skills, life planning and how to overcome barriers to success.

Each scholar is mentored by a member of the Baltimore City legal community and experiences the practice of law through:

  • "At the Bar Chats" consisting of round-table discussions with successful minority attorneys
  • "Law Path Experiences" showcasing guest speakers from the legal profession
  • Mini-internships at law firms and other legal institutions


We are looking for freshmen and sophomore college students who are like Charles Hamilton Houston. Students who:

  • are interested in a legal career;
  • have demonstrated academic ability and potential;
  • are highly motivated;
  • can benefit from a program of successful study skills and mentoring.

These students, following in Houston's footsteps, can enter the legal academy empowered and enriched.

If you demonstrate these characteristics, you should apply for the program. If you have questions, contact us at