SULC soon-to-be graduates pave way for future students

Published: May. 4, 2022 at 5:24 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - It’s a historical moment for the Southern University Law Center’s off campus instructional site in Shreveport.

Seven students from their inaugural class are graduating later this month. They spent their last semester of law school in Shreveport to obtain their juris doctor degree.

The students were part of SULC’s plan to establish a path for increasing legal education in the area. Soon-to-be grads Allison Williams and Rachel Hughes spent their final semester of law school in Shreveport. They participated in a multi-phase program that could boost legal education in the area.

“In north Louisiana there aren’t any law schools. So, just having the opportunity to help someone else with their dreams was an inspiration to me,” said Williams.

The director of the off-campus instructional site expressed how the program will create opportunities for others.

“They completed their J.D. from Southern University Law Center, but what they did that was historical was that they decided to be a part of a vision larger than ourselves. We’re on a pathway to creating a branch campus,” said Director Deleso Alford.

She also explained possibilities once the multi-phase program is complete.

“After the multi-phase program, we will be transparent in the opening of the branch. The eventual branch of Southern University Law Center will be a four-year part-time, evening, weekend program designed specifically for non-traditional students,” said Alford.

Hughes and Williams say they look forward to graduation and pursuing their careers.

“I’m looking forward to being an advocate for people here in Shreveport because I do plan to stay in Shreveport since it is my hometown. I’m just so happy to be able to give back to my community,” said Hughes.

“After graduation I’m looking forward to being a member of the bar and practicing law in the state of Louisiana,” said Williams.

Alford said the seven students attended classes virtually due to COVID-19. SULC’s off-campus instructional site will be located inside Shreve-Memorial Library’s main branch and is expected to open in the coming months.

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