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Southern University Law Center
|Southern University Law Center|
|Location||Baton Rouge, LA, US|
|Faculty||35 (full time)|
33 (part time)
|Outlines||0 (See List)|
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 an African-American resident 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.
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 and nation 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.
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.
- Ranked in the top ten among law schools for competitiveness and diverse faculty and student body in the 2000 edition of The Princeton Review: The Best Law Schools.
- Ranked third among institutions awarding law degrees to African Americans by Black Issues in Higher Education (2000)
- Ranked first among accredited law schools in the country for women-friendliness in a Woman’s Guide to Law Schools (1999)