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Southern University Law Center

Southern University Law Center

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisianna
School Size: 669 students
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On December 16, 1946, in response to a lawsuit brought by an African-American resident seeking admission to a state institution's law school, the Louisiana State Board of Education took "concrete steps to establish a Law School for Negroes at Southern University...for the 1947-1948 session." The State Board of Education accepted the plans for the law school during its meeting on January 10, 1947. The Board of Liquidation of State Debt appropriated $40,000 to operate the school on June 14, 1947. In September 1947, Southern University Law School opened its doors to provide legal education to African-American students. After 38 years as an Institution of Law, the Board of Supervisors of Southern University renamed the school the Southern University Law Center, boosting the school's image in the region and around the country. The Law Center places a premium on providing a high-quality legal education to students from all walks of life.