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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
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.
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 the Southern University Agricultural and Mechanical College. 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. (http://www.sacscoc.org)
Southern University Law Center is a accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). Accreditation for the ABA is administered and monitored through the Office of the Consultant on Legal Education, Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. For questions about the accreditation status of Southern University Law Center, contact the ABA at 321 North Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60654 or call (312) 988-5000. (http://www.americanbar.org/aba.html)
Southern University Law Center is approved by the Veterans Administration for the training of eligible veterans.
Southern University Law Center is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). For questions about the membership status of Southern University Law Center, contact the AALS at 1201 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 800, Washington D. C. 20036-2717 or call (202) 296-8851 (http://www.aals.org/)
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)
Not Just Rhetoric...Backed Up With Hard Numbers
The Southern University Law Center received high marks from the National Jurist, a national publication for law students, in its March 2004 edition for gender and ethnic diversity. To determine which law schools have done the best job of promoting gender and ethnic diversity, the National Jurist compared the enrollments of women and minorities at 172 law schools in 1993 and 2003. The Law Center ranked 20th out of 172 law schools for having the most diverse student population. The ranking means that this institution is among the top 12 percent of law schools in terms of gender and ethnic diversity. The findings illustrate that promoting gender and ethnic diversity at the Law Center has been a long standing commitment that is backed up with hard numbers and not rhetoric. Based on the findings, SULC is clearly the most gender and ethnically diverse law school in the state of Louisiana. Again, we have been recognized nationally for our leadership role in creating equal opportunity and opening access to legal education for underrepresented minorities.
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
Updated: May 17, 2013
© 2012 Southern University Law Center.
Post Office Box 9294, Baton Rouge, LA 70813