SULC Bar Passage Rate

Last Updated on January 18, 2023

Bar Passage Rate is the first step towards making a positive impact on access to legal education, and creating equity of opportunity. The SULC Committee on Bar Passage Rates (BPR) develops, implements and maintains programs to analyze the bar passage rates of students across California ABA-approved law schools. Our primary objective is to bridge the gap between law schools, which are accountable for their own performance, and those who benefit from their success or failure—the public.

The State Bar of California passed a resolution acknowledging the Law School’s passage rate as “significantly below the national average.” The vote took place at the Bar’s Annual Meeting, which was held in Anaheim on February 13 and 14. When commenting on the 18 percent passage rate, returning member David Eisman stated that “[t]he [UCLA] bar pass is significantly below the national average which is surprising given UCLA’s reputation, national ranking and your low cost of attendance.”

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This fall, on our way to celebrate a client’s publication of Edwards v. Alaska , my colleagues and I were disappointed to read the latest statistics from the State Bar of California about new law school graduates. We were hoping to relish in the optimism that comes with seeing a slew of green words engraved on each graduate’s diploma. A law degree is a fantastic investment, and to see your student succeed is one of the best feelings a professor can have.

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Passing the bar exam is required of all those aspiring to become a lawyer in the state of California. This test is standardized and consists of a total of 200 multiple-choice questions for which a candidate must answer 190 correctly to pass. The state of California regulates when candidates are allowed to take this test as well as the cost, which is currently $1600.

The LSU Law Center is proud of our student’s success on the Louisiana State Bar Examination. The latest results continue to reflect the strong showing of LSU Law students on the exam, among all takers and first time takers.

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Louisiana law school bar passage rateJuly results for ALL TEST TAKERS
LSU Law Center70.2%81.5%78%77.9%80.5%87.4%84.4%
Other Louisiana law schools
LSU Law CenterN/A85.8%82.7%81.6%83.9%92.1%85.6%
Other Louisiana law schools

Southern University Law Center

Tuition, GPA, LSAT, Bar Exam, and Admission Statistics

Southern University Law Center is located in Baton Rouge, LA, founded in 1946. Southern University Law Center is Public, 4 or more years school and offers graduate programs with a total enrollment of 619.The average tuition & fees are $17,314 for Louisiana residents and $29,914 for others in the academic year 2020-2021. The acceptance rate is 60.71% and total of 230 first-year students enrolled in the law school. The average GPA of the enrolled students is 2.99 and the average LSAT score is 145.

2021 Southern University Law Center Tuition & Fees

The 2020-2021 tuition & fees at Southern University Law Center is $17,314 for Louisiana residents and $29,914 for others. The following table summarizes the tuition & fees, and other college costs for Southern University Law Center

Louisiana ResidentsOut-of-State Students
Law School Tuition$17,314$29,914

Southern University Law Center GPA and LSAT Scores

The average GPA of Southern University Law Center is 2.99 and the average LSAT score is 145. The GPA and LSAT scores are the average value of submitted scores from 241 pre-admitted and enrolled first-year students including both full-time and part-time status. The following table summarizes the GPA and LSAT scores by 25th, 50th, and 75th percentiles.

25th Percentile50th Percentile75th Percentile
LSAT Scores142145147

Southern University Law Center Acceptance Rate and Admission Statistics

For the academic year 2020-2021, total 822 students have applied to Southern University Law Center and 499 students have accepted to get into the school. Among the admitted students, 230 students finally have enrolled into the school. The acceptance rate is 60.71% and the yield, also known as enrollment rate, is 46.09% at Southern University Law Center. With 11 pre-admitted students, total 241 first-year students enrolled in Southern University Law Center.

Number of Students
Acceptance Rate60.71%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)46.09%
Total Number of First-Year Students241
83 men, 158 women
148 full-time, 93 part-time

Southern University Law Center Bar Exam Pass Rate

Last year, total 136 students took the bar exam first time at Southern University Law Center. Among them, 86 students passed the exam and the bar exam pass rate is 63.24%. For reference, the average pass rate at Louisiana law schools is 74.09%. The following table shows the bar exam pass rate for first time exam takers at Southern University Law Center.

Number of Students / Percentage
Total Graduate150
First-time Takers136
49 from prior year
No Exam Takers63
First-time Bar Exam Passer86
First-time Bar Exam Pass Rate63.24%
Average Pass Rate at Louisiana Law Schools74.09%


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.

Contact Information

  • (Website)
  • (Admissions Dean) [email protected]
  • (Location) Baton Rouge, LA

Quick Facts

  • Founded:1946
  • ABA Accredited:Yes
  • AALS Member:No


  • US News Week:147
  • Vault Top 25:N/A
  • More Law School Rankings
  • Median LSAT:143
  • Median GPA:2.79
  • Acceptance Rate:70%


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.

Class of 2025588407 (69.22%)210 (35.7%)

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State ResidentNon-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


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

Student GenderMenWomen45.9%54.1%


Student EthnicityHispanicsAmerican IndianAsianAfrican AmericanPacific IslanderOthersCaucasian37.9%56.1%

American Indian2
African American339
Pacific Islander1

Comparable Schools

  • Loyola New Orleans Law School
  • Memphis Law School
  • Samford Law School

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


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 University 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: 94Louisiana Average: 124PUBLIC 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%


Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Southern University class of 2020 had an employment rate of 76% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

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.


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).


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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