LSU Law
LSU Law Login
Calendar
myLSU
LSU Law HomeProspective StudentsCurrent StudentsFaculty & StaffAlumni & FriendsEmployers & Legal Community
A-Z IndexAbout LSU LawLibraryContact UsSearch 

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 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. 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 the ABA Standard 509 for 2011-2012. You may download the full report containing the most recently available data from the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools (2013) 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 of applicants) 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 2012
Median LSAT: 157
Median GPA: 3.38

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 2012, visit our Student Demographics.

For additional information, see full report here.

Academics

Curriculum

The LSU Law Center has established a JD/CL program through which all graduates receive the Juris Doctor (JD) degree and a Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law (CL). First-year students followed a prescribed curriculum and, thereafter, may choose from a wide variety of courses to complete their degrees, including skills training courses and a newly expanded clinical program designed to take full advantage of the Law Center’s location in Louisiana’s capital city. The Law Center’s dedication to the study of both civil and common law prepares its graduates to practice in any state and in many foreign countries. Six semesters of resident study are required for the degree.

Curricular Offerings
Academic Requirements
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.

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/CL, 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.

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 Law Center has also established another journal that will focus on Energy Law.

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 2012
Pass rate for first-time LSU Law takers: 69.3%
State average: 65.5%

February 2012
Pass rate for first-time LSU Law takers: 71.4%
State average: 64.7%

Full Bar Exam Statistics, 2008-2012

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 2011: Of the 176 graduates, 174 reported seeking post-graduate work. Of the 174 seeking work, 156 secured employment. 2 enrolled in full-time degree programs.

Full statistics for the Classes of 2009 – 2011.

Costs

Tuition: $8,483.00 per semester
Fees: Full listing of Fees (2011-2012)
Living Costs: Estimated at $15,020
Full Student Budget:: Estimated at $38,637 (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

2011-2012 Conditional Scholarships: 139

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

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 Law Center has also established another journal that will focus on Energy Law.

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

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 Law Center has also established another journal that will focus on Energy Law.

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

Paul M. Hebert Law Center   |    1 E. Campus Dr.   |    Louisiana State University   |    Baton Rouge, LA 70803   |   225/578-5292
jbgoode@law.lsu.edu