Southern University Law Center

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Southern University Law Center, a campus of the Southern University System, opened for instruction in September of 1947. Its concept was born out of a response of a lawsuit by a black resident, Charles J. Hatfield, III, seeking to attend law school at a state institution. On December 16, 1946, Louisiana State Board of Education took steps to establish a Law School for African-Americans at Southern University to be in operation for the 1947-1948 session.

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Southern Law School Admissions

Southern Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 70% of its applicants. Comparatively, Southern is Significantly Lower than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2026 588 407 (69.22%) 210 (35.7%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.53 2.79 3.16
LSAT 141 143 147

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $13,560 $24,160
Part Time $11,908 $22,508

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $18,888
  • Living off-campus: $18,888
  • Living at home: $18,888

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 09/01
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 06/10
  • Application Fee: $50

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Southern Law School Community

Southern Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Southern is Above Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 24
  • Part Time: 0


  • # Female Faculty: 20
  • # Minority Faculty: 25


25.8 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Southern Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Southern Law School 1L section size is 32% smaller than law schools in Louisiana and 40% smaller than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Southern Law School: 94
Louisiana Average: 124
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 310
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 180

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 19
  • Law Journals: 28
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 13.5%
  • Second Year: 1.4%
  • Third Year: 1.5%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Southern Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Southern Law School class of 2021 had an employment rate of 76% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2021, 70.2%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 37.0%
  • Business: 17.0%
  • Government: 29.0%
  • Public Interest: 4.0%
  • Academia: 3.0%
  • Louisiana: 69%
  • Texas: 4%
  • Georgia: 2%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 70.2%
  • First Time Takers: 161
  • Average School: 55.8%
  • Average State: 69.7%
  • Pass Difference: -13.9%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Louisiana: 69.7%
  • Passed: 63 of 113 (55.8%)
  • State Average: 69.7%
  • Difference: -13.9%