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. LSU Law gives its students extensive study in both common and civil law. All LSU Law graduates receive a Juris Doctor and students may also earn the optional Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law in recognition of extensive, optional coursework in the civil law. 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 42 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 curriculum prepares students 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.