LSU Law Facts
LSU Law offers an extraordinary Clinical Legal Education program, with clinics providing hands-on opportunities to represent live clients under the direction of faculty.
Some 150 students participate each year in the LSU Law Public Interest Law Society’s spring and fall Days of Service.
In 2020, the LSU Law Center funded its first Public Service Loan Forgiveness grants to five graduates working in the public service arena. The Kendall Vick Foundation provided the funds that will be awarded annually to eligible graduates.
Each summer, LSU Law students are afforded the opportunity to compete for The Public Interest Law Society (PILS) fellowships, supporting their internships or clerkships with public interest employers.
Dozens of experiential learning opportunities are afforded to students each semester, including those in federal, state and local governmental agencies.
Apprenticeship Week, a unique practical skills program, is offered free to second and third-year law students. The program is a week-long series of mini-courses, taught by master lawyers and judges.
The Law Center fields over twenty-five traveling advocacy competition teams each year.
Over 150 students annually participating in six different LSU-hosted internal advocacy competitions.
The Law Center’s Advocacy Programs are among the largest law student advocacy skills training programs in the United States.
Third-year students participate in a three-day annual Trial Advocacy program, taught by some of the nation’s leading experts in courtroom practices.
A strong program of legal writing and research prepares LSU Law students for the rigors of law school and for practice.
Students at LSU Law complete the requirements for the traditional Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree by earning a total of 94 credit hours. Students may also earn the optional Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law (D.C.L.) degree by completing some fifteen credit hours as part of the 94-credit hour program.
LSU Law provides its students with the option to earn two degrees, preparing students for a global practice. The Juris Doctor is earned by all students, and the Optional Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law Degree may be pursued following the first year of law school.
LSU Law offers an LLM or Master of Laws program for international students. The curriculum offers a firm foundation in American law and is the only law school in the nation that has a fully integrated common law and civil law legal education. When combined with a comparative law focus, LLM graduates leave LSU with a truly global legal education and the skills needed in today’s competitive legal market.
LSU Law offers five dual degree programs with LSU, including the J.D.-M.B.A. Program; J.D.-M.M.C. Program; J.D.-M.P.A. Program; J.D.- M.S. in Finance Program; and the J.D.-M.S.W. Program.
LSU Law faculty produced 34 book contributions (including new books, new editions of books, chapters in books, and book update supplements); 27 articles; and 13 essays, journal articles, shorter pieces and online publications from May 2019 - May 2020 (LSU Law Faculty Scholarship Report, May 2020).
LSU Law faculty are known for their scholarship, outstanding teaching, and public service.
The LSU Law Center and other colleges around the LSU campus have teamed up to create a 3+3 program that allows students to receive a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years. The program provides a cost-effective and expeditious way for qualified students to earn both degrees.
In 2012, another 2009 graduate, Michael deBarros became the first LSU law graduate to serve as a law clerk to a member of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. deBarros clerked for Justice Bess Nkimbinde.
Ben Aguiñaga, a 2015 graduate of the LSU Law Center, was selected to serve as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito for the 2018-19 term of the Court. Ben is the second LSU Law graduate to obtain a prestigious Supreme Court clerkship.
Michelle Shamblin Stratton, a 2009 graduate of the LSU Law Center, served as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for the 2011-12 term of the Court. Stratton became the first LSU Law graduate to serve as a Supreme Court law clerk.
Approximately 150 employers recruit at the Law Center every year.
24 of the LSU Law Center's full-time faculty hold the rank of Full Professor.
In 2012, the LSU Law Center received formal approval from the Louisiana Board of Regents and the LSU Board of Supervisors to establish an Energy Law Center, the first such center in Louisiana and one of a handful operating in law schools nationwide. The Center prepares lawyers for the full range of 21st century practice in the complex world of energy law. The Graduate Certificate in Energy Law and Policy (the “Energy Certificate”) allows the Paul M. Hebert Law Center to officially recognize students who have demonstrated substantial competence in the study of energy law and related subject matter.
The LSU Law Center's Juvenile Defense Clinic received the 2012 Children's Law Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association.
LSU Law was ranked No. 12 in the 2019 rankings of Best Value Law Schools.
The LSU Law Center is proud of our student’s success on the Louisiana State Bar Examination, with student traditionally having the highest passage rate on the examination. The latest results from 2019 continue to reflect the strong showing of LSU Law students on the exam, among all takers and first-time takers.
Within 10 months of graduation, 91% of graduates from the class of 2019 were employed, and 88% of the graduates were employed in positions where bar passage was required. Some 7% were employed in positions where J.D. was an advantage. Click here for the Employment and Salary report.
The curriculum at LSU Law Center prepares you for today’s global economy.
The Law Center’s Advocacy competition program has been ranked as one of the top 50 appellate advocacy programs in the United States in national rankings released by the Blakely Advocacy Institute. Student teams have won multiple national championships, including championships at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, the National Taxation Moot Court Competition, and the National Pre-Trial Advocacy Competition. LSU teams have also won dozens of awards for Best Individual Advocate and Best Brief and have won regional championships several years running.
The LSU Law Center remains solidly positioned among the top 100 American law schools.
On the front of the law school building, above the frieze, are three sculpted life-sized figures: a lawyer in the center, a soldier representing those who have fought to safeguard rule by law, and a laborer symbolizing the role of the masses in support of the law.
The LSU Law Center is named in honor of Paul M. Hebert, dean of the school from 1937-77. During that time, Hebert also served periodically as Acting President of LSU, Dean of the University and Civilian Judge in the Nuremberg Tribunal. LSU Law Center's global role as a center for legal scholarship is rooted in his expansion and guidance of the school's research and study assets.
Established in 1906, LSU Law Center has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools and approved by the American Bar Association since 1924.