The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center continues its climb in national law school rankings with its latest top-50 spot in the 2018 Above the Law rankings.
The LSU Law Center is ranked No. 40 by Above the Law, which bases its scores on employment data, tuition and cost, job placement and student debt. LSU was not ranked in the 50-school list last year and was No. 41 in 2016.
Above the Law weighs seven factors in its rankings: Employment score and quality jobs score each make up 30 percent of a school’s score; education cost is 15 percent; debt per job makes up 10 percent; and active federal judges, U.S. Supreme Court clerks, and alumni rating are 5 percent of the score.
“This ranking focuses on the employment outcomes of the right law schools,” an Above the Law release said.
LSU is the highest ranked law school in Louisiana and one of seven public or private law schools from Texas to Florida in the top 50.
LSU’s emergence on the Above the Law list follows its eight-spot jump to No. 88 in the latest U.S. News and World Report law school rankings. LSU Law has been consistently ranked as a Best Value Law Schools in the country by National Jurist/Prelaw Magazine, whose rankings are designed to identify law schools where graduates have excellent chances of passing the state bar examination and obtaining legal employment without taking on large debt.
From its founding in 1906, the LSU Law Center has offered its students a legal education recognized for its high standards of academic excellence, an outstanding teaching and research facility, and integrated programs in Louisiana civil law and Anglo-American common law. Students at LSU Law are trained rigorously in the same common law and federal law subjects that are taught at other leading American law schools. The curriculum also reflects the Law Center’s unique role as a curator of the civil law. Recent policy changes allow students the option of pursuing the Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law, in addition to the J.D.
For a complete list of the Above the Law top 50 rankings, click here.