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The Law Center Campus

The Law Center has recently completed $16 million in renovations to its buildings. Students now study and socialize in classrooms, courtrooms, lounges, and other public spaces that are welcoming and convenient. The completely renovated classrooms have new chairs and desktops, equipped so that each student has an outlet for a laptop computer, and feature wireless internet connections. The plaza has also been redesigned, with new landscaping, raised seating and an elegant fountain. It is the backdrop for a “bronze sculpture garden” featuring significant figures in the history of the LSU Law Center or the legal profession. The first life-size bronze on the plaza is a likeness of Sen. Russell Long, a long-time public policy leader in the state and the nation who provided the funds for the Center’s first academic chair.

The Law Center facilities include two interconnected buildings, centrally located on the LSU campus. Both have been recently renovated at a total cost of more than $16 million.

The Old Law Building houses the offices of the Louisiana Law Institute, the Center of Civil Law Studies, the Louisiana Judicial College, and the Center of Continuing Professional Development. It also includes offices for student activities. There is the McKernan Auditorium for use by guest lecturers and visiting experts, the Tucker Collection of civil law materials, and several floors of library stack areas.

The Law Center Building provides classroom areas, seminar rooms, discussion rooms, and meeting areas; library offices and facilities including open stack areas on all four floors and carrels for student research; a practice court room; and administrative and faculty offices.

A Student Lounge offers space for study and socializing and features a CC’s Coffee shop.

The Law Library contains one of the largest collections of legal materials in the Southeast, as well as facilities for computer-assisted legal research. It houses over 625,000 volume-equivalents, with more than 416,000 bound volumes, over a million items in microformat, nearly 125,000 court records, and 2,800 current serial subscriptions.

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The LSU Campus

Renowned for its beauty, LSU is located on more than 2,000 acres in the southern part of Baton Rouge. Bordered on the west by the Mississippi River, the campus has nearly 1,200 live-oak trees and many lakes. It has been ranked one of the 20 most beautiful campuses in America. The University’s more than 250 principal buildings – 57 of which are included on the National Register of Historic Places – are grouped on a 650-acre plateau that constitutes the main part of campus. The Law Center buildings are centrally located.

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