SULC Accreditation

Last Updated on January 18, 2023

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The SULC Accreditation program is comprised of several sub-clauses, each designed to provide you with the most outstanding and efficient university experience possible. With our streamlined system, we guarantee your next couple year’s to be problem free. Let’s look at some of the different services offered by this organization.

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Southern University Law Center (Law Center) is and has been accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Council since 1953. The Council is the national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education for programs leading to the juris doctor (JD) degree. Most state Supreme Courts, including Louisiana, require persons sitting for the Bar examination to have graduated from an ABA-approved law school. The ABA accreditation process involves monitoring of the Law Center through an Annual Questionnaire and periodic, usually every seven years, site evaluations. Prior to a site evaluation, the Law Center submits to the ABA Accreditation Committee a Self Study, which is a detailed self assessment of the Law Center’s programs and information about the Law Center’s compliance with ABA Standards. ABA Standards for accreditation, together with the Law Center’s mission of providing a high quality legal education to “a diverse group of students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups, motivate the Law Center to continuously improve and enhance the program of education.

The Law Center engages in ongoing integrated, research-based planning and evaluation of its programs and services. The Law Center demonstrates its commitment to its planning and evaluation processes through the development of Annual Unit Plans for its programs and services. The planning and evaluation processes incorporate a systematic review of the Law Center’s program of legal education and services resulting in continuous improvement designed to help the Law Center effectively accomplish its mission. 

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Institutional effectiveness at the Law Center is a systematic and documented process of planning, assessment evaluation, and budgeting at institution, unit, and program levels. Through the institutional effectiveness process, the Law Center aligns organizational activities with the Law Center’s mission, establishes performance targets, conducts assessments, and uses data to provide substantive information for both strategic and operational decision making. 

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Institutional effectiveness is a cyclical process directly impacted by environmental factors such as Louisiana Legislative Act 1465, accreditation requirements, and the need for the Law Center to engage in constant continuous improvement processes. Louisiana Legislative Act 1465 encourages accountability and fiscal responsibility through formula-based budgeting. Accreditation requirements encourage the Law Center to measure its performance and activities in alignment with peer institutions, and the Law Center is encouraged to engage in constant continuous improvement processes to continue to be able to accomplish its mission and strategic goals. 

Planning and evaluation are guided by standards and goals determined by the Law Center. The Law Center’s strategic goals are related to individual unit plans as well as its mission statement. All units, both academic and non-academic, identify and evaluate ideal future outcomes and measure whether these outcomes have been met. The Law Center has engaged in a strategic planning process to produce a five-year strategic plan that is driven by the Law Center’s mission. 

Institutional Obligations For Public Disclosures

  • Standard 509 Information Report
  • Admissions data
  • Transfers and Visiting Criteria
  • Transfer Credit Policy
  • Cross Registration / Articulation Agreement
  • Academic requirements
  • Financial aid
  • Refunds
  • Library resources
  • Employment outcomes-(2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Bar Passage Outcomes

National Comparison: Overview of Facts

#3 in Presence of Minority Faculty

SULC ranks #3 in terms of the highest percentage of faculty who are racial or ethnic minority (75.2%).

#8 in Presence of Minority Students

SULC ranks #8 in terms of the highest percentage of students who are racial or ethnic minority (68.3%).

#27 in Presence of Female Faculty

SULC is tied for #27 in terms of the highest percentage of faculty who are female (47.8%).

#175 in Bar Passage Rate

SULC ranks #175 in terms of bar passage rate among first-time test takers (57.8%), and it underperforms by -18.8% the state of Louisiana’s overall bar passage rate of 76.6%. (A national comparison on this metric should be taken in a qualified sense and with caution, because every state has a different bar passage rate.)

#185 in Acceptance Rate

SULC ranks #185 in terms of student selectivity with an acceptance rate of 65.2% among those who applied for admission.

#189 in Student to Faculty Ratio

SULC is tied for #189 in terms of lowest student to faculty ratio (17.0:1).

#191 in Median LSAT

SULC is tied for #191 in terms of the median LSAT score (144) among those applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students. The LSAT measures reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, and logical reasoning.

#193 in Median Undergraduate GPA

SULC ranks #193 in terms of highest median undergraduate GPA (2.83) among those applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students.

#213 in Highest Tuition (out-of-state)

#268 in Highest Tuition (in-state)
SULC ranks #213 in terms of highest tuition among full-time law students for its out-of state tuition of $29,090, and it ranks #268 in terms of highest tuition among full-time law students for its in-state tuition of $16,490. We rank from a total of 283 tuition rates from 194 law schools, ranking twice those law schools that have different in-state and out-of-state tuition rates. Room and board expenses average $14,000 per year.

About this Report

This report was released in spring 2019.

GPA & LSAT

References to the lowest, median, and highest GPA and LSAT scores reflect those of the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile, respectively, among those applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students in fall 2018.

Acceptance Rates

The acceptance rate is that of applicants granted admission as full-time students for classes commencing in fall 2018. The acceptance rate of the applicants does not reflect actual enrollment rates, a subset figure.

Student-to-Faculty Ratios

The student-to-faculty ratio shows the number of students for that class per faculty member. This ratio reflects the applicants granted admission who enrolled as full-time students in fall 2018.

Bar Passage Rates

The bar passage rates reflect those among first-time test takers for the winter and summer 2017 administrations of the bar examinations. The state noted is that in which the greatest number of the law school’s graduates took the bar exam for the reported period.

Employment Rates

The employment rates shown are those of the 2017 full-time graduates at the time of graduation and ten months after graduation.

Law Library Volumes

The data indicate the number of print and microform volumes, as well as volume equivalents.

Gender, Race & Ethnicity

The data shown indicate the percentage of the faculty that are male and female, respectively, and the percentage of the faculty and students that are racial or ethnic minority (Hispanics of any race, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, multiracial, non-resident alien, or unknown race).

Salaries

The salary statistics are those of full-time, long-term employed law graduates for the class of 2017 at the time of graduation and within ten months after graduation (approximately spring 2018 ), as self-reported by the graduates.

The salaries indicated for “Median Salary Private” reflect those salaries of the 50th percentile, among those graduates working in private practice as law firm associates. The salaries indicated for “Median Salary Public” reflect those salaries of the 50th percentile, among those graduates working in government jobs or judicial clerkships at the federal or state level.

In determining median salaries, jobs classified as “JD advantage” have been excluded (i.e., positions in which the employer requires a JD or considers it an advantage to hold such a degree, but in which admission to the bar is not required).

Fall 2020 Application Information
Application Deadline:February 28
Application Fee:$50
Admissions Statistics20202017
Acceptance Rate65.2%69.4%
LSAT Score (Median)144144
LSAT Score (25th-75th percentile)142-146141-147
GPA (Median)2.832.85
GPA Range (25th-75th percentile)2.55-3.132.53-3.16
Bar Exam Statistics20202017
State in which most graduates took bar exam:LALA
School’s bar passage rate:57.8%55.8%
State overall bar passage rate:76.6%69.3%
School bar pass rate vs. state bar pass rate:-18.8%-13.5%

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