Overview

Applicants
621
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average Undergrad GPA
2.91
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
196

Test Scores

LSAT
142 - 147

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
February 28

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
No

Application Fee
$50

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
67

74
Minority
46
Female


Students Say

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.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
60%
Median Starting Salary
$0
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
76%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
0%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
40

Graduates Employed by Area

3%
Public Interes

Graduates Employed by Region


Prominent Alumni

Brian Jackson
Chief U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of LA

Stephanie Finley
U.S. Attorney, Western District of LA

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot
Executive Vice President and Treasurer/Walmart

Monica Azare-Jones
VP and deputy General Counsel/Verizon

Hillar Moore
DA, East Baton Rouge Parish

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Apr 15
Application Deadlines
Apr 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$22,070

% Students Receiving Some Aid
87%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$12,054
Out-Of-State Tuition
$21,614
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$12,600
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$12,600
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$3,956

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
644
Parent Institution Enrollement
6,304

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
0
Average Age at Entry
26

% Out-of-State
21%
% International
0%

Demographics

59.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

79% are full time
21% are part time
53% female
47% male

Campus Life

Students Say

“This school is probably the most diverse school in the country in terms of the student body,” gushes a 2L. SULC is a historically black institution, and some 60 percent of the students are African American. Students come here “from all over the country,” and they “have very interesting backgrounds.” The range of ages is vast as well.
“Southern charm is alive and well at SULC.” A “kind and friendly” “family atmosphere” reigns supreme, and “a strong sense of camaraderie and support is evident in every aspect.” “Some people are competitive,” says a 1L, “but I don’t get that extremely competitive vibe from Southern.” “It’s a smaller law school,” explains a 2L, “which allows students to work more cooperatively, instead of against each other as at most law schools.” Most everyone “goes out of their way to help.” The biggest social divide is probably between the day program, which is generally composed of younger students, and the evening program, which is “mostly older professionals.”
During the school day, “the school regularly has speakers and attorneys come in during the noon hour to give practical advice on the practice of law.” Students are split when it comes to life beyond the confines of campus. Some tell us that Baton Rouge—the state capital and the second largest city in Louisiana—is a student’s Shangri-la, especially if you like music and food. Baton Rouge is home to unique art and culture, tons of festivals, and mouthwatering cuisine of every kind. When students take a break from hitting the books, a good number of bars and clubs and a raging live music scene keep life interesting. Other students aren’t feeling the cultural love, though. “The main chances for socialization seem to be at a bar or a church,” suggests a 2L. “What if you don’t drink or believe?”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Lena Johnson
Coordinator of Admission

Address
A.A. Lenoir Hall, P.O. Box 9294
2 Roosevelt Steptoe Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70813

Phone
225-771-4976

Email
admission@sulc.edu