LSU Law Clinic to Offer Legal Services to Sexual Assault Survivors
| Pictured left to right: Morgan Lamandre, Director of Advocacy and Legal Services at STAR; Racheal Hebert, Executive Director of STAR; and Professor Robert Lancaster, Director, LSU Law Clinical Education Program, attended the October 8 meeting of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro-Council , where the grant was announced that will establish the Civil Legal Needs of Sexual Assault Survivors Law Clinic.
A new collaborative effort between the LSU Law Center and the Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR) organization will establish a new law clinic focused on civil needs of sexual assault survivors. The grant to the LSU Law Center was announced on October 6, and the new program will assist survivors in the Capital Region.
STAR received the funding via the Federal Office of Violence Against Women, and according to LSU Law Clinical Legal Education Director Robert Lancaster, the project will establish a Civil Legal Needs of Sexual Assault Survivors Law Clinic to train and educate student attorneys on working with sexual trauma survivors. The Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Program awarded STAR $500,000 over a three-year period to establish legal services to sexual assault survivors.
The project will provide holistic, free, competent legal services to survivors in matters resulting from the aftermath of sexual assault; the goal of the project is to enhance their safety, privacy, self-sufficiency and well-being. “The LSU Law Center looks forward to collaborating with STAR on this project,” says Lancaster. “The exposure law students will receive assisting survivors of sexual trauma will teach them first-hand how their work as lawyers can better people’s lives.”
According to representatives from STAR, “This is the first project of its kind in Louisiana intended to address survivors' unique civil legal needs as a result of sexual assault, including matters such as education, employment, housing, immigration, privacy, crime victims’ rights, and family law issues.”
Read the recent media coverage on the new clinic and grant funding via STAR:
Sexual trauma center in Baton Rouge wins federal grants
STAR awarded $1 million in grants to expand services
Sexual assault victims in Baton Rouge to get access to free, better legal services
Don’t Miss the Boat! 2015 LSU Law Apprenticeship Week
|Second- and third-year LSU Law students will have the opportunity to participate in Apprenticeship Week, January 5-9, 2015. During this week, master lawyers and judges will teach LSU Law upperclass students in small enrollment, hands-on mini-courses. Each mini-course will aim to provide students with focused, task-oriented training not generally available in law school courses and usually available only through actual practice experience. Visit the Apprenticeship Week webpage for registration information.
LSU Law Students Achieve State’s Highest Passage Rate on July 2014 Bar Exam
|LSU Law Center students achieved the state’s highest passage rate among all examinees on the latest Louisiana State Bar Exam, according to results released October 17 by the Committee on Bar Admissions of the Supreme Court of Louisiana. The results are for test takers who sat for the statewide Bar examination in July 2014.
Of all LSU Law test takers in July, 81.50% successfully passed the exam. Among LSU graduates taking the bar exam for the first time, 85.81% passed.
LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss said, “I am pleased that LSU Law students once again achieved the highest pass rate on the Louisiana Bar Examination. The Law Center’s success is a tribute to our wonderful students and gifted faculty.”
“I’m particularly delighted to see that the pass rate of our first time takers has increased by 12.85 percentage points over last year’s first time pass rate of 72.96%," Weiss said.
Chancellor Weiss also noted that the Law Center’s first time taker relative pass rate, the percentage of first time LSU Law exam takers who passed compared to the total first time pass rate of all test takers, was 1.14 – the highest of any Louisiana law school’s graduates. Relative pass rate among first time takers is the metric that is used by U.S. News and World Report for its ranking system, and for purposes of the Louisiana Grad Act in determining the law school’s tuition authority.
The results for first-time takers are as follows:
The results for all test takers are as follows:
|SCHOOL ||# APPLICANTS ||PASSED ||FAILED ||PASS RATE |
|LSU ||155 ||133 ||22 ||85.81 |
|LOYOLA ||139 ||104 ||35 ||74.82 |
|SOUTHERN ||99 ||60 ||39 ||60.61 |
|TULANE ||68 ||54 ||14 ||79.41 |
|IN-STATE ||461 ||351 ||110 ||76.14 |
|OUT-OF-STATE ||111 ||78 ||33 ||70.27 |
|DOMESTIC ONLY ||570 ||429 ||141 ||75.26 |
|FOREIGN ONLY ||2 ||0 ||2 ||0.00 |
|ALL COLLEGES ||572 ||429 ||143 ||75.00 |
Bar passage is required before graduating law students may practice in Louisiana. The results, released by the Committee on Bar Admissions, include the percentage of examinees passing the bar who graduated from the state’s public and private law schools and the percentage passing who graduated from out-of-state law schools.
|SCHOOL ||# APPLICANTS ||PASSED ||FAILED |
|LSU ||173 ||141 (81.50%) ||32 (18.50%) |
|LOYOLA ||183 ||133 (72.68%) ||50 (27.32%) |
|SOUTHERN ||176 ||99 (56.25%) ||77 (43.75%) |
|TULANE ||81 ||63 (77.78%) ||18 (22.22%) |
|OTHER ||149 ||96 (64.43%) ||53 (35.57%) |
|TOTAL ||762 ||532 (69.82%) ||230 (30.18%) |
The complete report on Bar passage is available here.