Consumer Information

The Louisiana State University (LSU) Law Center was originally established as the Louisiana State University Law School in 1906, pursuant to an authorization contained in the university charter. In 1979, the Law Center was renamed the Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University. LSU Law is an American Bar Association accredited law school. The Office of the Consultant on Legal Education/ Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association can be contacted by mail at 321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60654; by phone at 312.988.6738; by fax at 312.988.5681; or by email at legaled@americanbar.org.

This information is presented in compliance with ABA Standard 509. You may download the full report containing the most recently available data from the website of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar here, or directly form the Law Center’s website here.

Admissions Data

The Admissions Committee considers many factors in reaching admission decisions. While the quantitative predictors of success in law school (performance on the LSAT and the undergraduate GPA) are heavily weighed factors in the admission decision, the Admissions Committee considers many other factors, such as the ability to analyze and write well, as demonstrated by the personal statement and the written portion of the LSAT; two letters of recommendation from teachers or others who can express an opinion on the applicant’s aptitude for the study of law; the rigor of the undergraduate program of study and grade trends; extracurricular activities; work experience or military service; social and economic background; and other evidence of an applicant’s aptitude for the study of law and likely contribution to academic and community life. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required for admission.

Applicants are advised to take the LSAT in June, and not later than December, prior to the year in which they seek admission to the Law Center. The Law Center admits students only in the fall and only for full-time study. There are no night courses offered. Transfer applications are considered.

Louisiana State University assures equal opportunity for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or veteran’s status in the admission to, participation in, or employment in the programs and activities that the university operates.

For the class entering in the Fall of 2014
Median LSAT: 155
Median GPA: 3.23

Additional Admissions Information

For complete Admissions data, see full report here.

Enrollment & Attrition Data

For a detailed snapshot of the class entering the Fall of 2014, visit our Student Demographics.

For additional information, see full report here.

Academics

Curriculum

All LSU law students must complete the requirements for the traditional Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree by earning a total of 94 credit hours. Students may also earn the optional Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law (D.C.L.) degree by completing some fifteen credit hours as part of the 94 credit hour program. These courses may be selected from a list of designated D.C.L. courses.

Students make their decision to pursue the D.C.L. during their second or third year. Students who do not wish to pursue the degree must file a notice of intent with the Law Registrar. Should a student who opted out of earning the D.C.L. subsequently decide to complete the requirements for the D.C.L., the student must notify the Law Registrar of the change prior to graduation.

Curricular Offerings
Academic Requirements [pages 29-33]
Academic Calendar
Transfer Credit Policy

Summer Session Abroad
The Law Center conducts a summer program in Lyon, France. All classes are conducted in English and are designed to meet the requirements of the ABA and AALS. For more information on study abroad opportunities and a full list of partner institutions, please visit Semester Abroad.

Special Programs
A wide variety of courses afford each student the opportunity to participate in the preparation and trial of mock cases, both civil and criminal, and also to develop skills in legal negotiation and counseling. LSU sponsers and encourages student participation in national trial and appellate competitions throughout the school year.

In cooperation with the Center for Continuing Professional Development, the Law Center presents seminars, institutes, and conferences for practicing attorneys.

Second and third-year students have the opportunity to participate in Apprenticeship Week, which provides students with focused, task-oriented training not generally available in law school courses and usually available only through actual practice experience.

The LSU Law Center admits candidates for the Master of Laws (LLM) degree. This program is highly selective and admits students with exceptional ability.

Joint Programs
In addition to earning a JD and optional DCL, LSU Law students many also earn a Master of Mass Communication (MMC) degree through the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, or a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), or MS in Finance, through the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business. The combined-degree programs are typically completed in four years. Applicants must apply to each institution separately. Learn more about the Joint Degree Programs.

3+3 Program
The LSU Law Center and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences have launched a new 3+3 program allowing students to receive a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years. The program provides a cost-effective and expeditious way for qualified students to earn both degrees.

Honors Admissions Program
The Law Center, in collaboration with LSU, has approved an Honors Admissions Program. The program is authorized by an official interpretation of ABA Accreditation Standard 503 that permits law schools to admit up to ten percent of an entering class from its undergraduate university without the necessity for students to take the LSAT.

Student Activities

The Louisiana Law Review was established to encourage high quality legal scholarship in the student body, to contribute to the development of the law through scholarly criticism and analysis, and to serve the bar of Louisiana through comments and discussion of current cases and legal problems. It is edited by a board of student editors with faculty cooperation.

The LSU Journal of Energy Law & Resources (JELR) is a student-edited academic journal committed to developing and promoting a variety of topics in the purview of energy law. The JELR was established by LSU Law students in November of 2011.

The Louisiana Chapter of the Order of the Coif, a national honorary law fraternity, was established at the Law Center in 1942. Election to the Order of the Coif is recognized as the highest honor a law student may receive.

Because a large number of graduates of the Law Center go directly into practice, the LSU Law Center has an extensive Trial Advocacy Program in which moot court training is offered both for trial work and in appellate argument.

Students have an opportunity to be a part of more than 30 student organizations representing a variety of interests, including, but not limited to, the Public Interest Law Society (PILS), the International Law Society, the Federalist Society, the Black Law Students Association, the American Constitution Society, the Environmental Law Society, and the Tax Club.

All students at the Law Center are members of the Student Bar Association. This association promotes and coordinates student activities within the Law Center and serves as an instructional medium for postgraduate bar association activities.

Opportunities for Involvement
List of all Student Organizations

 

Bar Examination Statistics

July 2014
Pass rate for first-time LSU Law takers: 85.81%
State average: 75%

February 2014
Pass rate for first-time LSU Law takers: 60%
State average: 47.3%

Full Bar Exam Statistics, 2010-2014

For additional information, see full report here.

Employment Outcomes

The Career Services Office is dedicated to enhancing the personal growth and professional opportunities for law students and alumni through individual counseling, workshops, and events. Employers from across the United States, including private law firms, governmental agencies, state and federal judges, nonprofit organizations, and corporations recruit students yearly from the LSU Law Center through visits to the campus, consortiums, and job fairs. More than 150 legal employers visit the school each year to recruit LSU Law Center students.

Class of 2013: Of the 218 graduates, 210 reported seeking post-graduate work. 5 enrolled in full-time degree programs. Of the 210 who sought work, 196 secured employment.

Full statistics for the Classes of 2009 – 2013.

Costs

Tuition: $9,475.00 per semester
Fees: Full listing of Fees (2014-2015)
Living Costs: Estimated at $15,020
Full Student Budget: Estimated at $39,880.75 (Resident)
Refunds: Refund & Adjustment Schedules

Scholarships

The Scholarship Committee automatically considers all admitted students for scholarship support. Scholarships range from $2,000 to full-tuition awards. Awards are offered to applicants whom the committee believes will best contribute to the academic and community life of the Law Center.

Student loans are available to help qualified students who need financial assistance to continue their education. Detailed information on all loan funds may be secured by contacting the LSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Aid, 1146 Pleasant Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.

Full Financial Aid Information

2013-2014 Conditional Scholarships: 43 of 79 conditional scholarships were retained by students entering the second year.

For students beginning the first year of law school in the Fall, 2014 and thereafter, for students who do not achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.75, a conditional scholarship will be renewed at one-half (50%) of the initial award amount for the second year of law school. No student who remains enrolled will have his or her initial scholarship eliminated after the first year of law school.

For students beginning the first year of law school in Fall 2014 or thereafter, if a student whose scholarship has been decreased at the end of the first year of law school achieves a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher at the end of the second year of law school, the scholarship will revert to its original, full amount for the third year of law school. Thus some students who lose 50% of their scholarship during the second year may earn back the full scholarship for the third year of law school.

Full Conditional Scholarship Information

For additional information, see full report here.

Faculty & Administration

In addition to its full-time law faculty, the LSU Law Center invites a number of distinguished lecturers, including practicing attorneys and legal scholars, to teach courses in their areas of specialty each semester. A number of faculty members have law degrees from foreign countries.

Full Time Faculty
Part Time Faculty
Administrators

For additional information, see full report here.

Library Resources

The LSU Law Library is one of the largest academic law libraries in the United States, and holds more than 850,000 volume equivalents, and 160,000 volumes of court records. In addition to the standard Anglo-American legal materials, the library has substantial collections of foreign, international, and comparative law. It is a selective depository for U.S. Government documents and Louisiana documents, and a depository for Louisiana Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal briefs and records.

About the LSU Law Center Library
LSU Law Center Library Collections
LSU Law Center Library Assistance

For additional information, see full report here.

Facilities

The Law Center, constructed in 1936 and dedicated in 1938, has added extensive facilities since its original construction. Both buildings were vastly renovated over several years at a cost in excess of $17 million and were completed in 2004. The renovated complex provides classroom areas, seminar and discussion rooms, meeting areas, and a courtroom and Law Clinic. The Law Center is approximately 227,000 square feet. The Law Clinic is a self-contained legal services office located in the Law Center where students are certified to practice law pursuant to Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX. Separate offices for student research and student activities, such as the Louisiana Law Review, Moot Court Board, and Student Bar Association, are included in the facility. Students also have access to other campus facilities, including the LSU Student Health Center, residential housing, and the Student Recreation Complex. The Law Center is located on the main campus of LSU in close proximity to the undergraduate campus and other units with which the Law Center has joint-degree or cocurricular programs.

More information about the LSU Law Center Campus

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