"I was happily surprised to learn that LSU Law embraced the ideals of southern hospitality. It is a very friendly environment where students, faculty, and staff are eager to assist each other. This attitude of concern and hospitality for others has made the LSU Law Center experience one that I will remember fondly."(more)
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.
The LSU Law Experience
About 60 percent of the world uses some version of civil law; about 40 percent relies on a form of common law. Among the 193 law schools in the nation accredited by the ABA, only LSU Law gives each of its students extensive study in each—and a degree in each to prove it. LSU Law Center’s curriculum requires six semesters. An optional summer school is also available. Many students choose to spend summers studying in LSU Law's program in Lyon, France. Because of the constant presence of two law systems, a comparative environment and an international flavor characterize the campus.
The 38 full-time faculty at the Law Center are nationally known scholars and dedicated teachers whose doors are open to their students. "What is most impressive is that the faculty truly work for the students. They are willing to meet one-on-one any time to make sure you understand the material. As much as they care about the students' education, the professors also genuinely care about our well-being," says Erin Sayes, Class of 2011. "I'll never forget Professor Howard L'Enfant's motivational speeches as we neared finals my first semester. He, like many of my other professors, made sure his students were well equipped with both knowledge and confidence."
A Place to Enjoy
LSU Law students are active in all sorts of organizations—and events such as crawfish boils, Assault & Flattery, and golf tournaments that show they know how to have a good time. The campus of a state flagship university offers many opportunities along with the excitement of SEC football. Beautiful lakes are a stone's throw away, and New Orleans is just 90 miles down I-10.
Prepared to Practice
The Law Center's focus on the two systems means LSU attorneys have the background to succeed in Louisiana, throughout the nation, and in dealing with global legal issues that may arise close to home or in an international environment. The school's winning moot court teams, the professional skills training in research and writing, the extensive externships and pro bono opportunities—combined with LSU law students' energy and willingness to work hard—mean that LSU Law grads hit the ground running, wherever their careers take them.