Southern University Law Center and Ensuring Institutional Quality and Effectiveness

Southern University Law Center (“SULC”) is an individual, independent campus of the Southern University System. Prior to 2015, SULC was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (“SACSCOC”) as part of Southern University and A&M College at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  However, in 2015, SULC applied for and was granted separate SACSCOC accreditation as a separate institution to award the juris doctor (JD) degree.

“Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objective.”[1]

The mission of SULC is “to provide access and opportunity to a diverse group of students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to obtain a high quality legal education with special emphasis on the Louisiana civil law. Additionally, our mission is to train a cadre of lawyers equipped with the skills necessary for the practice of law and for positions of leadership in society.”

In furtherance of this mission, SULC has acquired resources such that SULC’s program of study is sufficient to provide the services and support needed to accomplish and sustain our program of education and ensure student success as they matriculate through law school and into the practice of law.  SULC’s main objectives include offering courses toward the JD degree such that the matriculation from SULC culminates with SULC graduates obtaining admission to practice law and employment in the practice in positions of leadership throughout the state, the country and the world.  These objectives are supported with success-focused programs, such as Summer Pre-law Program, 1L Lawyering Fundamentals, Academic Support Program, and Supplemental Bar Review, that enhance the curriculum and ensure student learning and success.


[1] Quote taken from the Mission of SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement.