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The Admissions Process
The Southern University Law Center takes a holistic approach to the admissions process, reviewing each candidate’s credentials and background carefully. Factors such as the applicant’s cumulative undergraduate grade point average, work experience or military service, past pursuits, social and economic background, extracurricular activities, and ability to analyze and write well are all taken into consideration.
Applicants must have earned a scholastic average of at least “C” in courses of substantive academic content, received an acceptable score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and must have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. While the Law Center does not prescribe any specific pre-legal preparation, it strongly recommends a foundation consisting of such courses as English; Public Speaking; French or Spanish; Accounting; Psychology; Logic; Mathematics; and other analytical courses.
The objective of pre-legal training should be to provide the student with the necessary general education to compete successfully in the professional study of law. The applicant should acquire a mastery of the English language. An applicant who has been excluded from another law center/school or who has not presented a satisfactory scholastic record may not be considered for admission.
Qualifications for Admission to the Bar
Importantly, applicants must have a good moral character. If there is any indication that an applicant lacks good moral character, the burden is upon the applicant to prove through clear and convincing evidence that he or she possesses the requisite good moral character to be considered for admission. The Law Center reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant who does not fulfill this requirement.
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
Transfer and Visiting Students
Individuals who have successfully completed work at a law school approved by the American Bar Association and who have met the requirements for admission to the first-year class may, upon application and presentation of proper credentials, be admitted with advanced standing.
If courses presented as a basis for advanced standing were completed at a law school outside of Louisiana, such courses may be accepted as a substitute for work done at SULC, but only to the extent of one year of study. Work done in at a Louisiana law school may be accepted as the equivalent of work done at SULC or up to a maximum of two years. Each student will be required to spend his or her senior year in residence and complete a minimum of 30 academic hours at SULC before graduating. In all cases SULC reserves the right to refuse credits, in whole or in part, or to withdraw credit for prior work.
Transfer students must present a statement from the dean of the law school last attended certifying the student’s eligibility for readmission or continued enrollment at SULC. Students who have been excluded from other law schools because of scholastic deficiencies will not be admitted with advanced standing.
Visiting students are accepted for summer, fall and spring. Applications are required as well as a letter of good standing from the dean certifying approval to visit and the number of credits transferable.