Facts and Figures
POST OFFICE BOX 9294, BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA • 70813
TELEPHONE: (IN-STATE) 1 -800- 552-5106 (OUT-OF-STATE) 1 -800- 537-1135
WEB ADDRESS: WWW.SULC.EDU
Freddie Pitcher, Jr. (retired judge) Chancellor - FPitcher@sulc.edu
Professor Russell Jones, J.D., L.L.M. Vice Chancellor - RJones@sulc.edu
Professor John Pierre, B.S., M.S., J.D. Vice Chancellor - JPierre@sulc.edu
There are more than 3,000 alumni of the Southern University Law Center, which is noted as one of the most diverse law schools in the country. The Law Center has contributed to the education of more than 90 percent of the African-American attorneys in the State of Louisiana. Graduates make up approximately seven percent of the Louisiana Legislature and more than 40 hold judicial offices at the local, state, and national level.
The Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) through a full-time and a part-time day and evening program is offered at the Southern University Law Center. A J.D. and Master of Public Administration joint degree is also offered by the Law Center and the Southern University Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.
The Law Center has an enrollment of over 700 full-time and part-time students.
The Law Center program is fully accredited by the Council on the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of
the American Bar Association (321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60610; Telephone number: (312) 264-8440),
the Supreme Court of Louisiana, and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) - 1201 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C., 20036;
Telephone number: (202) 296-8851). The Law Center is also approved by the Veterans Administration for the training of eligible veterans.
Southern University Agricultural and Mechanical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Juris Doctor degree. Southern University Law Center is a part of Southern University Agricultural and Mechanical College and is currently seeking separate accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southern University Law Center. Please contact R. White with questions.
Housed in the 98,400 square foot A. A. Lenoir Hall, the Law Center's program of study is designed to ensure that students graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of civil law and common law. Though emphasis is given to the substantive and procedural law of Louisiana, with its French and Spanish origins, Anglo-American law is well integrated into the curriculum.
Students are trained in the art of advocacy, legal research, legal theory, and social purpose of legal principles—all techniques to strengthen the students' abilities in legal reasoning. An outstanding clinical educational program, the only one in the city, enables students to further develop their skills by representing indigent clients in court.
- Ranking in the top ten among law schools for competitiveness and diverse faculty and student body in the 2000 edition of The Princeton Review: The Best Law Schools.
- Ranking third among institutions awarding law degrees to African Americans by Black Issues in Higher Education (2000)
- Ranking first among accredited law schools in the country for women-friendliness in a Woman's Guide to Law Schools (1999)
- Ranking in the top 20 percent of the nation's accredited law schools in favorable student/faculty ratio (13:1)
- Ranking in the top 10 for most popular law schools out of 190 law schools surveyed in U.S. News and World Report (2011)
- Ranking number one for most financial value at graduation out of 190 law schools surveyed in U.S. News and World Report (2011)
Students beginning the study of law are admitted only in the fall semester. Effective fall 2000, the Law Center admits both full-time and part-time students. The following information and materials must be filed with the Law Center Admissions Office:
- Formal Application—Deadlines: February 28 for full-time and part-time day programs and May 1 for part-time evening division.
- Application fee of $25.
- Recent photograph
- Official university/other law school transcripts
- Scores on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
Tuition and Fees
For more information, contact the Office of Records and Enrollment Management:
Telephone: (225) 771-5340
Toll free: (800) 552-5106 (in Louisiana)
(800) 537-1135 (out-of-state)
Fax: (225) 771-2121