Membership into the honorary law fraternity is strictly limited to the top 10% of each graduating class of law students. Of the more than 200 American Bar Association accredited law schools in the country, LSU Law is one of just 86 with a chapter in The Order of the Coif.
“We are extremely proud of each and every one of the 200 graduates in the LSU Law Class of 2022 because all of them worked incredibly hard and made great sacrifices to earn a law degree, which is the most difficult postgraduate degree that one can attain,” said LSU Law Interim Dean Lee Ann Wheelis Lockridge. “Our graduates who have earned membership into The Order of the Coif in addition to their law degrees are most deserving of special recognition. This high honor reflects their unparalleled commitment to academic excellence, and we take immense pride in honoring their great achievement.”
The LSU Law chapter of The Order of the Coif was established in 1942, with a purpose of stimulating scholarly work of the highest order and fostering a high standard of professional conduct. Outside of ordinary membership for law school graduates, honorary membership into The Order of the Coif may be granted in special cases to lawyers, judges, and teachers who have attained high distinction for their scholarly or professional accomplishments.
Andrew Bernard Young | Baton Rouge, Louisiana
What are your immediate career plans?
I will be working for Kean Miller’s New Orleans office in the Offshore Energy and Marine Litigation group.
Please tell us about the organizations and activities you participated in at LSU Law, including any awards or honors you received.
As a member of the Louisiana Law Review, I served as a Senior Editor and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. My comment “Putting an End to this B-S Standard: Resolving Louisiana Courts’ Problematic Application of a Burden-Shifting Standard in Slip-and-Fall Cases Against Medical Institutions” is set for publication this summer in Volume 82, Issue 4. Further, I graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors and received CALI awards for the highest grade in Intro to Environmental Law, Entertainment Law, The Legal Profession, and Advanced Tort Litigation Seminar.
Please tell us about any LSU Law faculty, classes, or other experiences that were particularly impactful on your legal education.
My favorite courses at LSU Law were Maritime Contracts with Professor Galligan and Strategic Thinking for Lawyers with Skip Phillips and Mike Walsh.
What are your fondest memories from your time at LSU Law?
My fondest memories at LSU Law come from my time on the Louisiana Law Review. I really enjoyed spending time with friends in the law review suite and stopping for drinks at Chimes after a long day.
What advice would you give to students entering law school who aspire to become an Order of the Coif member when they graduate?
Persistence is key. It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish.