It’s been a year of extraordinary accomplishment and progress at LSU Law. As the year draws to a close, I reflect on the importance of family, friends, students, and colleagues and on the great good fortune we share in our affiliation with this inspiring institution. I myself count among my greatest blessings the opportunity to lead our state’s flagship law school. It is an extraordinary opportunity for which I am grateful each day, and I’m proud of the tremendous successes that we continue to mark.
Our rich educational environment continues to provide one of the most demanding programs of legal education in the nation, and we are gaining increasing regional and national recognition. I hope you will take pride, and yes, joy in this holiday season, in the successes we have achieved as an LSU Law family. I am warmed by the spirit of good will and cooperation with which we have moved forward together over these past two and a half years.
Working together, faculty, students and administration, with input from alumni and adjunct faculty, have modernized the Law Center’s curriculum and moved to make both our students and our law school more fully competitive for the 21st century. (See below for further details.)
We jumped 13 spots to #75 in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, among the largest jumps of all ABA-approved law schools. It’s the highest ranking in the history of LSU Law.
We’re having success in building the faculty of the future, with seven recent hires in critical subjects and more to come. View faculty brochure.
Our students continue to surpass all other state law schools in passage on the State Bar exam, with a 90.9% passage rate in July, far surpassing the other state public and private law schools.
The credentials of our incoming students continue to improve, with some forty one students in this year’s entering class of 235 scoring in approximately the top 85% of all LSAT test takers. At the same time, our students are more diverse than they have been in recent years.
We’ve received national recognition of the Law Center’s strong student performance, with Michelle Shamblin, a 2009 summa cum laude graduate, receiving one of only four prestigious Bristow Fellowships in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States. Michelle previously received the 2009 Scribes Law Review Award for the best student law review article in the nation.
In the past two and one-half years, we have greatly expanded our Clinical Legal Education program, offering students opportunities to serve live clients and the community. We also celebrated the opening of our newly renovated, state-of-the-art Law Clinic space and offices.
Our newly established new Junior Scholars Fellowship Program will attract future law teachers from throughout the county to the LSU Law Center. We will soon announce our first fellows, who will join the Law Center beginning in the Fall semester of 2010.
Our Moot Court Program, supported by our faculty and staff dozens, along with dozens of our alumni, have celebrated four first-place victories, five top individual honors, and record participation numbers in recent years.
Our students have been invited as one of the top 16 Moot Court Programs in the nation to the National Moot Court Championship in Houston this January, based on our students’ record in competitions last year. We are the only law school from Louisiana or the Southeastern Conference to be invited to the competition.
And, last but certainly not least: the LSU Law Center was selected to host the Rocky Mountain and Southern Region National Black Law Students’ (BLSA) Association Convention this January and we expect literally hundreds of students and dozens of law schools to send teams here for the competition and symposia. You can read more about the competition in the article below.
Our success is due to the hard work of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We couldn’t do it without your support and generosity. Cheers to LSU Law!
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday, and a prosperous and peaceful new year.
Chancellor Jack M. Weiss & the Faculty, Staff, and Students of the LSU Law Center