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October 2011

Chancellor Weiss Reacts to Louisiana Bar Exam Changes
October 25, 2011

On October 19, 2011, the Supreme Court of Louisiana entered an order adopting compensatory scoring of the Louisiana bar examination effective with the July, 2012 administration of the exam.

A more far reaching proposal to revise the structure of the Louisiana bar examination remains pending before the Court. This “long term” plan would, among other changes, introduce a substantial element of multiple choice testing into the Louisiana bar examination. 

For many years, an applicant for admission to the practice of law in Louisiana has been required to achieve a passing score of 70 or better on seven of the nine separate tests comprising the Louisiana Bar Exam and on four of the five Louisiana Civil Law tests.  Compensatory scoring looks instead to the applicant’s aggregate score across all of the separate tests and allows a high score on one test to “compensate” for a low score on another test.

Under the plan adopted by the Supreme Court, the...

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Law Center Moot Court Program Ranked in Top 50 Nationally
October 19, 2011

The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center has been ranked 47th in the nation for the excellence of its moot court program in the annual rankings compiled by the Blakely Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center.  The Blakely Institute, which hosts the Moot Court National Championship, ranks schools based on the results of the more than 70 different moot court competitions held during the 2010-2011 academic year.  The Law Center rose 16 spots in the rankings from last year.

In 2010-2011, the Law Center earned quarterfinals finishes at two advocacy competitions, semi-finals finishes at seven competitions, and finalist (second place) finishes at two competitions.  Some notable successes include:

  • The Law Center’s National Black Law Students Association Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Team advanced out of their regional rounds to an ultimate National Top 8 ranking among the over 120 schools who competed.
  • Michael Denton (Class of 2012) received the...

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55 Students Placed in Spring Law Clinic & Externship Programs
October 19, 2011

The LSU Law Clinic and Externship Programs have just completed their application period for students who are interested in participating in the program this spring.  Some 55 students will be placed in various agencies through the Externship Program.  This includes 29 students participating in the Governmental Externship Program; 13 students participating in the Judicial Externship Program; and 13 students to be placed in various public interest and non-profit agencies.  An additional 32 students will be placed in the Clinical program and will act in the role of an attorney or mediator and will be assigned real cases under the close supervision of clinical faculty. 

Since opening in 2008, the LSU Law Clinic & Externship Program has included almost 600 students.


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PILS Fellowships Granted
October 19, 2011

The Public Interest Law Society (PILS), through support from the Law Center, grants public interest fellowships to students who chose to spend their summers interning or clerking with public interest employers. This past summer, 12 public interest fellowships were granted to LSU Law students:

Lauren Anderson                    Orleans Parish Public Defender

Michelle Benard                      Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jackson Carney                      Capital Post Conviction Project of Louisiana

Cailin Davis                            Legal Aid...

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3L Lauren Anderson Featured in Newsletter
October 18, 2011

Lauren Anderson, 3L, knew she wanted to practice public interest law the first time she walked into a public defender’s office.  This past summer, Lauren returned to her adopted home of New Orleans to clerk for the Orleans Parish Public Defenders’ Office (OPPD). 

“The courses I’ve taken at the Law Center gave me a solid foundation to go into that job,” Anderson said.  Lauren’s work on behalf of a defendant was profiled in the OPD office newsletter, “The Reach.” 

A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Lauren earned a BA in Political Science and a BFA in Dance from Tulane University.  Today, Lauren continues her work with OPPD as an extern.

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Two Students Awarded Scholarships from Baton Rouge Associations
October 18, 2011

Brent Cobb, right, is recognized at the October Baton Rouge Bar Luncheon. 

Jayne Wabeke, left, at the October Baton Rouge Bar Luncheon.

Two LSU Law students were awarded scholarships at the monthly Baton Rouge Bar Association (BRBA) Luncheon on October 6 at De La Ronde Hall.

Brent Joseph Cobb, 3L, was awarded the Baton Rouge Legal Scholarship, which is jointly given by the BRBA and the Baton Rouge Bar Auxiliary.  This scholarship is presented to an upperclassman who exhibits scholarship and leadership. Cobb, a past participant in the LSU Law School Trial Advocacy program, is a copy editor of the Civilian Newspaper.

Jayne Wabeke, 2L, received a scholarship from the Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys (BRAWA).  The BRAWA scholarship is awarded annually to a second- or third-year student at LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center and Southern University Law Center based on commitment, involvement or leadership in community or civic activities that benefit...

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Chancellor Weiss Addresses Baton Rouge Bar Association at October Luncheon
October 18, 2011


Chancellor Jack Weiss joined the deans and chancellors from Southern University Law Center, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and Tulane University Law School at the Baton Rouge Bar Association luncheon on October 6 for a panel discussion of the “State of Legal Education.”  The panel addressed the proposed changes to the Louisiana Bar Exam, diversity of law schools, and the impact legal education has on community service.

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LSU Law Ranked #6 Best Value Law School in the Nation
October 17, 2011

The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center has been ranked #6 in the Best Value Law Schools by preLaw, a National Jurist publication.  The 2011 rankings move the Law Center up twelve spots from last year’s Best Value rank of #18.

According to the magazine, the intent of the Best Value rankings is to identify law schools across the country that offer a quality legal education at an affordable price.  The magazine considers the following when ranking the law schools: (1) percent of graduates who pass the bar exam; (2) percent of graduates who are employed; (3) tuition; and (4) average indebtedness upon graduation.

“Our #6 best value ranking once again confirms that LSU Law Center offers an exceptional legal education at an exceptional value,” said Chancellor Jack Weiss.  “The Law Center consistently leads the pack on the Louisiana bar exam, and I‘m pleased to say we hit that mark again this year.  Despite tough times in the last few years, a high...

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LSU Law Students Achieve State’s Highest Passage Rate on July 2011 Bar Exam
October 7, 2011

LSU Law Center students achieved the highest passage rate among all examinees on the latest Louisiana State Bar Exam, according to results released today by the Committee on Bar Admissions of the Supreme Court of Louisiana.

LSU Law students continued their traditional first place passage rate, with 86.5 percent of examinees receiving passing scores on the July administration of the Bar.  In all, 164 LSU Law Center students took the exam, and 142 successfully passed the Bar.

The 2011 exam marks the 22nd time in the past 23 years (for which data are available) in which LSU Law graduates have compiled the highest passage rate on the Louisiana Bar Exam.

“The overall pass rate of LSU Law students on the State Bar Examination is once again the highest in the state, and our 86.5% passage rate is high by any measure,” stated Chancellor Jack Weiss. “This year’s impressive performance is a tribute both to the Class of 2011 and to the dedication of our outstanding...

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Class of 2012 Continues Hats ‘n Canes Tradition
October 5, 2011

On Saturday, October 1, the Class of 2012 continued with a tradition that began in 1930, the annual Hats ‘n Canes celebration.  The graduating class gathered on the front steps of the Old Law Building sporting black top hops and carrying black canes, as Vice Chancellor Cheney Joseph toasted the class using the cane of the Law School’s first dean, Joseph Kelly.  In another nod to tradition, 3L President Robert Elliot Duhon had the distinct honor of wearing the black top hat that belonged to the namesake of the LSU Law Center, Dean Paul M. Hebert.

In the earliest years of Hats ‘n Canes, seniors carried black canes with curved handles and silver bands engraved with the student’s name, year of graduation, and the words, “The LSU Law School.” A Reveille article announcing the 1930 event stated, “Walking canes will be carried, flourished, and brandished” [as a] “badge to distinguish law seniors.” 


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LSU Law Center to Host Open House for Prospective Students
October 5, 2011

LSU Law Center will host an Open House for prospective students on Monday, October 10, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the McKernan Auditorium at the Law Center.  Interested individuals will receive information about the application process, as well as hear from current students about life as an LSU law student.

Reservations are required.  Those interested may RSVP by e-mailing

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