SULC study being conducted to develop Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree in Trial Litigation


The Southern University Law Center (SULC) is conducting a feasibility survey to help develop a master of laws (LL.M.) degree in trial litigation. The program would be the only one of its kind in the region, according to  Interim Chancellor John Pierre.

“Very few law schools offer LL.M. or trial advocacy degrees and there are no such programs in the South,” Pierre said.

The degree is designed for lawyers and law school graduates who want to enhance their courtroom skills so they can be more competitive and more marketable. It is a one-year program with 24 credit hours including face-to-face and online instruction. The proposed program is projected to start in the 2017 Fall Semester.

Pierre says the degree is badly needed.

“More lawyers need to sharpen their trial litigation skills.  Many large law firms are not training their lawyers in this area so attorneys have to invest in themselves to help propel their careers.”

The survey will help administrators customize a more effective program. Feedback will be used to help determine interest, costs, schedules, and other important details. The deadline to complete the survey is January 31, 2016.

“It will probably be the most affordable program in the country,” Pierre said.

To complete the survey click here.

For more information, contact Prof. Shenequa Grey at (225) 771-4900 or via email at