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Southern University Law Center

One of the most comprehensive Academic Support Programs in the country is administered by Southern University Law Center. Through its Office of Academic Support Programs, the law school offers an extensive four week Summer Pre Law Program during the month of July. Both the Academic Assistance Program and the Academic Skills Enhancement Program is offered in the fall and spring. An Academic Counseling component and Disability Services for Testing is also available throughout the academic year.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 758
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 143 - 148
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.57 - 3.15
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 66.29%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 76.2%
In State Tuition $10,990
Out of State Tuition $18,590

Overview

Overview

About Southern University Law Center

One of the most comprehensive Academic Support Programs in the country is administered by Southern University Law Center. Through its Office of Academic Support Programs, the law school offers an extensive four week Summer Pre Law Program during the month of July. Both the Academic Assistance Program and the Academic Skills Enhancement Program is offered in the fall and spring. An Academic Counseling component and Disability Services for Testing is also available throughout the academic year.

Reviews

With roughly 600 full-time and part-time students, Southern University Law Center is “small and personable.” “I don’t feel like just another number at my school,” says a 1L. “You feel that the people around you want you to be successful.” SULC is also “ridicu­lously affordable.” “While others will be coming out of law school hundred of thousands of dollars in debt, Southern grads will have debt that is approximately one fifth of the cost.” Additional perks here include a decently broad selection of courses and six clinics that provide hands-on experience with the realities of practicing law for a very good percentage of students. If you want to pursue both a JD and MPA, the school offers a joint-degree program in cooperation with Southern’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. There’s also a study abroad program in London, in which students take courses in international law.Louisiana is a civil law jurisdiction (in the tradition of France and Continental Europe), while law in every other state is based on the common law tradition (of England). While SULC students learn both, the required curriculum focuses on civil law both substan­tively and procedurally. If you plan to practice in the Pelican State, Southern is a great choice. The “wealth of alums” doesn’t hurt when it comes to finding a job, either. However, if you want to practice in another state, learning Louisiana’s unique system of law and trying to apply it to another state’s bar exam won’t be the easiest thing in the world.“Some profs can be very intimidating,” but the full-time faculty is full of “sincere, chal­lenging, intelligent people” who are “downright awesome.” The faculty is notoriously approachable as well. Most professors are “always willing to help.” “I have a great amount of respect for 90 percent of my professors,” explains a 2L. “I feel that all of them have been knowledgeable in the subject matter.” The “generally excellent” part-time program tends to have more adjunct professors. They’re more of a mixed bag. “Some of the evening pro­fessors are practicing attorneys during the day and are not as accessible or as devoted as the full-time day professors.” Students offer considerable praise for the “very professional” administration. Deans are “approachable and available,” and they “work diligently in their efforts to help the students succeed” and to “know who their students are.” Some students tell us that the financial aid process can be a “nightmare,” though. The legal writing program is another complaint. Students say that it “could use a lot of improvement.” SULC’s “somewhat new facilities” are “very poorly maintained.” Otherwise, they are “really good” and “very hospitable.” Classrooms have wireless Internet and plenty of electrical outlets. The library is “stocked with great resource materials.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 217

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MPA 4Years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • International
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 71
Full-Time Faculty 35
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 3
Part-Time Faculty 33
Faculty Gender 50% Male
47% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 47% Male
53% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 34%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 57%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $10,990 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,727 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $19,717 $10,990

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $18,590 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,727 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $27,317 $18,590

Financial Aid

90% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$20,500 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 28

Average Age Admitted: 28

Application Fee: $25

Incoming Class

Southern University Law Center's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 143 - 149
LSAT Part-Time 143 - 148
LSAT Total 143 - 148

Southern University Law Center's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.64 - 3.27
Part-Time 2.5 - 3.02
Total 2.57 - 3.15

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#1 Most Diverse Faculty
#2 Best Environment for Minority Students
#3 Most Chosen By Older Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 76%
First Time Pass Rate 66%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 70%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 40
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 76%
Average Starting Salary $46,375
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 30 24%
Firm Sized 11-25 2 2%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 2%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 1 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 3 2%
Business Industry 28 22%
Government 18 14%
Public Interest 3 2%
State Clerkship 21 17%
Academia 2 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 6 4%
Unemployed, Seeking 21 13%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 8 5%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
AL 4%
GA 6%
LA 64%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Southern University Law Center include:

  • Hillar Moore - DA, East Baton Rouge Parish
  • Monica Azare-Jones - Sr. VP of Corporate Communications/Verizon
  • Claire Babineaux-Fontenot - Sr. VP & Chief Tax Officer/Walmart
  • Stephanie Finley - U.S. Attorney, Western District of LA
  • Brian Jackson - Chief U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of LA

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