|April 1, 2015, begins a new era for the LSU Law Center as it officially realigns with LSU. The LSU Board of Supervisors approved the realignment of the LSU Law Center as an academic unit with LSU during its March 20, 2015 meeting.
The realignment is expected to produce creative coordination of academic programing, enhancing both educational opportunities for current students and undergraduate and law student recruitment; greater unity of institutional communications and messaging; development of additional opportunities for coordination of funded research; improved coordination of international programs, broadening funding opportunities, international student recruitment and student educational experiences; and potential for additional efficiencies and cost savings beyond those currently achieved through the many goods and services already shared by LSU and the Law Center.
LSU President F. King Alexander, in a news release following the March LSU Board of Supervisors meeting, expressed the many advantages of the realignment, saying, “Since 1977, the Paul M. Hebert Law Center has operated as a separate campus, but by realigning with LSU, we can better serve the needs of students and faculty. By fully integrating the Law Center into LSU, shared services will be enhanced, significant interdisciplinary academic and research opportunities will be realized and there will be more collaboration across campus.”
In describing the benefits of the realignment, LSU Law Chancellor and Dean Jack Weiss said, “The ‘remarriage’ of the Law Center to the main campus after nearly 40 years of separation marks the dawning of a new era for our law school. As a full member of the LSU A&M family once again, we can provide a broad array of enhanced opportunities for law students to hone their skills in other disciplines and for main campus students to become conversant with the law.”
“Likewise, eliminating the institutional barriers that have separated the Law Center and main campus faculties for so many years will stimulate valuable interdisciplinary research. And, of course, in these times of enormous financial challenge for all of Louisiana higher education, we hope to minimize operational duplication and to produce cost savings so we can continue to be one of the top value law schools in the nation.”
With the realignment comes a new title for Chancellor Weiss, that of Chancellor and Dean of the LSU Law Center.
“We anticipate this realignment to allow more interaction among campus programs such as science, engineering, business and economics, to name a few,” said LSU Executive Vice President & Provost Stuart Bell on March 20. “We’ve been working closely with the Law Center’s administration to make sure the realignment takes into account the specialized nature of professional legal education, and we feel that the process will enhance both the Law Center and the rest of our academic programs.”
One new opportunity that has already been launched is a new 3+3 program, a partnership between the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) and the Law Center. The program, effective fall 2015, will allow students to receive a bachelor’s from LSU’s College of HSS, and a law degree, in six years. The program provides highly motivated students with a fast path to law school. Instead of taking the traditional seven-year route, the 3+3 program will allow students to begin studying at the Law Center during their fourth year at LSU. During that time, all completed coursework will count toward the final year of the undergraduate degree, as well as the first year of the law degree.
The Law Center has also initiated an Honors Admission program with LSU, in which up to 10% of the Law Center’s entering class may be admitted without the necessity of taking the LSAT. To qualify, students must have scored at the 85th percentile of the ACT or SAT and have achieved a G.P.A. of at least 3.7 through six semesters of LSU undergraduate coursework.
As part of the resolution authorizing the realignment, the LSU Board of Supervisors will require President Alexander to submit a status report on the realignment by January 15, 2016. The report will also contain recommendations, as needed, to complete the realignment.
The LSU Board of Supervisors approved the realignment of the Law Center, subject to approval by the Committee of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association, or ABA, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, or SACSCOC. The ABA agreed with realignment of the Law Center at its meeting on March 13-14, and SACSCOC approved realignment of the Law Center as an academic unit within LSU at its meeting on March 16-18.
| The LSU Law Center will host the U.S. Army War College Eisenhower Series College Program on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 12:40 p.m. in the McKernan Auditorium at the Law Center. This is the fifth year the Law Center has hosted the U.S. Army War College on its campus. The event is free and open to the public.
"U.S. Army War College Eisenhower Series College Program"
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:40 p.m.
McKernan Auditorium LSU Law Center 1 East Campus Drive
Parking is available at LSU Union Square, located on East Campus Drive next to the Law Center.
This event is free and open to the public.
The U. S. Army War College, located in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, established the Eisenhower Series College Program in 1969. The program is designed to encourage dialogue on national security and other public policy issues between students of the Army’s senior educational institution and the public at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Team members participate in constructive, candid exchanges on current national security and military issues.
Topics to be discussed at the April 15 session include:
- Guantanamo Tribunals
- Counterinsurgency Lessons Learned
- Diversity in the Army
- Women in Combat