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Brandee Ketchum
Class of 2009

"I chose LSU Law Center because I was looking for an affordable school with a good academic reputation and an international perspective. I was also surprised to find students from such broad academic backgrounds."


Louisiana State Agricultural & Mechanical College was established by an act of the legislature, approved to carry out the U.S. Morrill Act of 1862, granting lands for this purpose. It temporarily opened in New Orleans in 1874, where it remained until it merged with Louisiana State University in 1877.


The LSU Law Center established a joint J.D./D.C.L. program under which its graduates receive the J.D. (Juris Doctor) and a D.C.L. (Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law) upon completion of the 94 credit hour, six-semester course of study. To graduate, all students must satisfy the requirements for both degrees. Both the J.D. and the D.C.L. are first-level professional school degrees.

The Joint Degree Program is designed to strengthen the Law Center's leadership role as curator of the Louisiana Civil Code and of the Civil Law generally; extend recognition to Law Center graduates, who, in order to master both the Civil and the Common Law Systems, must satisfy one of the nation's highest course credit hour requirements; and position the Law Center as a leader among American law schools in the globalization of its curriculum.

The joint degree is a further step toward the enrichment of the curricular opportunities afforded to - and requirements imposed upon - LSU Law students.

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