LSU Law Facts
The adjacent LSU Lakes were developed from swamps in the 1930s as a public works project.
92% of graduates of the Class of 2012 (with 99% reporting) were employed as of 9 months after graduation. Some 77% of the graduates were employed in positions where bar passage was required; an additional 7% were employed in positions where J.D. was an advantage. Click here for the Employment and Salary report.
74 LSU Law graduates work in the AmLaw 100 law firms, per the 2012 report.
The LSU Law Center remained solidly positioned among the top 100 American law schools. The 2014 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings placed the Center at 76th nationally.
The LSU Law Center's Juvenile Defense Clinic received the 2012 Children's Law Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association.
LSU Law recently received formal approval from the Louisiana Board of Regents and the LSU Board of Supervisors to establish an Energy Law Center, the first such center in Louisiana and one of a handful operating in law schools nationwide. The Center will prepare lawyers for the full range of 21st century practice in the complex world of energy law.
The LSU Law Center ranks 11th in the nation in the percentage of 2011 graduates employed in full-time, long-term legal jobs within nine months of graduation, according to an analysis published on June 25, 2012, by the Wall Street Journal.
The National Jurist magazine recognized LSU Law as the #1 school in the nation in terms of first-time bar passage ratios in a predictive statistical model based on LSAT scores. (February 2012)
The current student-faculty ratio is 18 to 1.
Michelle Shamblin Stratton, a 2009 graduate of the LSU Law Center, served as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for the 2011-12 term of the Court. Stratton is the first LSU Law graduate to serve as a Supreme Court law clerk.
- The first-year class in Fall 2013 includes graduates from 64 colleges and universities throughout the nation. The median LSAT of entering students is 156; average GPA is 3.45.
- There were 1,070 applicants for the 2013-14 first-year class for an enrolled class of 178 students.
- LSU Law delivers unusual value. In 2013, National Jurist/pre-Law Magazine ranked the LSU Law Center as the # 3 Best Value Law School in the nation. 2013-14 Cost of Attendance, Tuition, Fees & Expenses.
The LSU Law Center has more named partners in the top 10 largest Louisiana-based law firms than all other Louisiana law schools combined.
Established in 1906, LSU Law Center has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools and approved by the American Bar Association since 1924.
30 of the LSU Law Center's full-time faculty hold the rank of Full Professor. 12 faculty members began their teaching careers at LSU, while 26 were hired after gaining teaching experience at other institutions. The average length of teaching experience among the faculty is 22 years. Nine possess advance degrees in law, while most faculty members entered their teaching careers after an average of five years of practice.
Approximately 100 employers recruit at the Law Center every year.
During the FY 2011, some 75% of LSU Law students financed their education with student loans. The average amount borrowed by 2010-11 J.D. graduates was $69,750.
More than two dozen distinguished global faculty have taught courses in the program since its inception in 1998.
The LSU Law Center features the only joint degree program, Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law, in the United States and is only one of two such programs in the Western Hemisphere.
On the front of the law school building, above the frieze, are three sculpted life-sized figures: a lawyer in the center, a soldier representing those who have fought to safeguard rule by law, and a laborer symbolizing the role of the masses in support of the law.
The LSU Law Center is named in honor of Paul M. Hebert, dean of the school from 1937 - 1977. During that time, Hebert also served periodically as Acting President of LSU, Dean of the University, and Civilian Judge in the Nuremberg Tribunal. LSU Law Center's global role as a center for legal scholarship is rooted in his expansion and guidance of the school's research and study assets.