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Southern University Law Center
Established 1947
School type Public, Co-ed
Dean Freddie Pitcher, Jr.
Location Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Enrollment 487 Full-Time and Part-Time
Faculty 35 Full-Time & 33 Adjunct Faculty
Bar pass rate 59%
Annual tuition In-State Tuition: $6,611 (full-time), $5,494 (part-time)

Out-of-State Tuition: $11,211 (full-time), $10,094 (part-time)


Southern University Law Center, a campus of the Southern University System, opened for instruction in September 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.

There are 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. There's also a study-abroad program in London, in which students take courses with international subject matter. SULC also publishes two legal journals: its traditional Law Review as well as The Public Defender. SULC's students also 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 common law tradition.



Plans for the law school were approved by the State Board of Education at its January 10, 1947, meeting. 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.

Southern University Law Center graduates, beginning with the legendary civil rights attorney, political leader, and educator Jesse N. Stone, Jr., Alvin Basile Jones, Leroy White, Ellyson Fredrick Dyson, and Alex Louis Pitcher of the class of 1950, have spread across the state, nation, and world as trailblazers in the legal profession, securing equal rights for others. To date, the Law Center has more than 2,500 graduates and is one of the nation's most racially diverse law schools.

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, enhancing its image in the region and the nation. The Law Center stresses legal education of high quality for students from diverse backgrounds.


Mission statement

Southern University Law Center's mission statement as it appears on its website:

The mission of the Southern University Law Center is to provide sound legal educational training to a diverse student body, while maintaining its historic role of providing legal educational opportunities to under-represented racial, ethnic, and economic groups.

Notable alumni

  • Claire Babineaux-Fontenot (1989) - Sr. Vice President and Chief Tax Officer for Walmart Stores, Inc.
  • Mike Foster (2004) - Former Governor of Louisiana
  • Annette M. Eddie-Callagain (1981) - First African-American to have a private legal practice in Japan as a registered foreign attorney (a Gaikokuhō Jimu Bengoshi or gaiben).

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