Southern University Law Center
|Southern University Law Center|
|School type||Public university|
|Dean||John K. Pierre|
|Location||Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US|
|Enrollment||481 Full- and 248 Part-Time|
|Faculty||71 Full- and Part-time|
Southern University Law Center, a campus of the Southern University System, opened for instruction in September 1947. It was authorized by the Louisiana State Board of Education as a Law School for blacks to be located at Southern University, a historically black college, and to open for the 1947-1948 academic session.
The Law Center offers full-time, part-time, and evening programs. For students who want to pursue the JD and MPA, the school offers a joint-degree program in cooperation with the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Southern. SULC's students learn two different systems of 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 British common-law tradition.
A study-abroad program is offered in London, in which students take courses with international subject matter. SULC publishes two legal journals: its traditional Law Review and The Journal of Race, Gender and Poverty.
According to SULC's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 22.8% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.
In 1946, Charles J. Hatfield, III, an African-American veteran of Louisiana, applied to Louisiana State University Law School, the only state school that offered a law degree. Although he was academically qualified, he was rejected because of his race, as the state system was segregated. Hatfield filed suit against the state for rejecting his application. While he did not win in court, the State Board of Education decided to found a law school for African Americans.
The State Board of Education responded by deciding at its January 10, 1947, meeting to found a law school at Southern University to serve African-American students, to open in September of that year. On June 14, 1947, the Board of Liquidation of State Debt appropriated $40,000 for the operation of the school. The Southern University Law School was officially opened in September 1947 to provide legal education for African-American students in the state. After 38 years of operation as a School of Law, the Southern University Board of Supervisors re-designated the school as the Southern University Law Center.
Today, the law school is one of only two public law schools in the state. Its student body is the most diverse in the state of Louisiana.
The Law Center program is accredited by the American Bar Association, the Supreme Court of Louisiana, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Association of American Law Schools. It is approved also by the Veterans Administration for the training of eligible veterans.
The clinical education program at Southern University Law Center is ranked by the American Bar Association as 42nd out of 216 clinical education programs nationally. At Southern University Law Center, clinical education is available to third-year students but not required.
- Administrative/Civil Law Clinic
- Criminal Law Clinic
- Domestic Violence Clinic
- Elder Law Clinic
- Juvenile Law Clinic
- Low-income Taxpayer Clinic
- Mediation Clinic
Housed in the 93,400-square-foot (8,680 m2) 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 integrated into the curriculum.
According to SULC's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 22.8% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners. SULC's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 39.8%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.
According to The Faculty Lounge in March 2013, 43.2% of the Class of 2012 was employed in full-time, long-term positions requiring bar admission; SULC ranked as 161st out of 197 law schools.
The total cost of full-time attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at SULC for the 2013-2014 academic year is $31,078 for Louisiana resident and $39,678 for non-residents. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $122,502.
- Ranking among the "Best Law Schools for Public Service" in 2012 by PreLaw Magazine.
- Ranking first among law schools awarding "Law Degrees With Most Financial Value at Graduation" in 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.
- Ranking fourth most popular law school by U.S. News & World Report.
- Ranking in the top ten among law schools for competitiveness and diverse faculty & 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)
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- Hunter Greene — former state representative and family court judge in East Baton Rouge Parish
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- Briana Westry-Robinson (2013) -- youngest African-American woman judge in Alabama's history.
- Alfred C. Williams (1977) -- Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for East Baton Rouge Parish since 2012; Baton Rouge attorney and former school board member
- Ebony Woodruff—state representative for Jefferson Parish since 2013
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