LSU Law Facts
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.
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.
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 remains solidly positioned among the top 100 American law schools. The 2017 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings placed the Center at No. 82 nationally.
The LSU Law Center’s Moot Court Program moved up 13 spots to No. 27 in the 2015-16 academic year in national rankings released by the Blakely Advocacy Institute.
According to preLaw Magazine, LSU Law is one of 33 law schools nationwide that excel above and beyond what their LSAT scores predict in relation to the bar exam. (Spring 2015)
91 percent of graduates of the Class of 2015 (with 95 percent reporting) were employed as of 10 months after graduation. Some 83 percent of the graduates were employed in positions where bar passage was required; an additional 12 percent were employed in positions where J.D. was an advantage. Click here for the Employment and Salary report.
The National Jurist magazine recognized LSU Law as the No. 1 school in the nation in terms of first-time bar passage ratios in a predictive statistical model based on LSAT scores. (February 2012)
LSU Law delivers unusual value. In 2015, National Jurist/pre-Law Magazine ranked the LSU Law Center as the No. 8 Best Value Law School in the nation.
The LSU Law Center's Juvenile Defense Clinic received the 2012 Children's Law Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association.
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.
23 of the LSU Law Center's full-time faculty hold the rank of Full Professor.
There were 715 applicants for the 2015-16 first-year class for an enrolled class of 172 students.
The first-year class in Fall 2015 includes graduates from 73 colleges and universities throughout the nation. The median LSAT of entering students is 155; average GPA is 3.48.
Approximately 150 employers recruit at the Law Center every year.
In March 2017, four of the LSU Law Clinic’s clients —Hondurans aged 40, 17, 16, and 11 — were granted asylum. The students responsible for this win include: Lindsey Elliott-Smith (’17), Logan Luquette (’17), Andrew Whall (’16), Philip Hunter (’16), Gabriel Loupe (’17), Chris Mitchell (’17), and Bentley Baker (’17).
The LSU Law Center has more named partners in the top 10 largest Louisiana-based law firms than all other Louisiana law schools combined.
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.
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.