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Jason St. Julien
Class of 2011

I consider myself fortunate to have the friendships I have created thus far at the Law Center. The students I have met come from a wide array of backgrounds and their stories are equally diverse and interesting. There is a sense of unity and companionship throughout the Law Center that is fostered by our common goal to become successful practicing lawyers. I look forward to continuing these relationships long after leaving the halls of the Law Center.

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More than two dozen distinguished global faculty have taught courses in the program since its inception in 1998.

BICENTENNIAL OF THE LOUISIANA CIVIL CODE

In 2008, the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center commemorated the Bicentennial of the Louisiana Civil Code, marking the confirmed survival of the civil law in Louisiana after the 1803 Purchase to France.

The year 1808 is considered the birth date of the Louisiana Civil Codes because it is that of A Digest of the Civil Laws in Force in the Territory of Orleans, frequently referred to as the Louisiana Civil Code of 1808. It is a digest of the Spanish civil laws then in force, modeled in form on the Code civil des Français of 1804 and its Projet de l'An VIII (1800). It was amended to become the Louisiana Civil Code of 1825, itself superseded by the Louisiana Civil Code of 1870 presently in force. The Louisiana State Law Institute, created in 1938, prepared substantial revisions of the Civil Code, keeping it up to date.

The Digest of 1808 was the first civil code-like legislation to be drafted anywhere in the world, in the wake of the Napoleonic codification. It still has a significant influence not only in the United States but also in Quebec, Latin America, and Spain.

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