* Websites linked below are maintained by individual organizations.
Through its programs, the American Constitution Society shapes debates on key legal and public policy issues including access to courts, voting, equality, immigration, workers’ rights, and also nurtures the next generation of progressive lawyers, judges, policy experts, legislators, and academics by providing opportunities for networking, mentoring, and organizing around matters of both local and national significance.
Black Law Student Association — The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) addresses not only legal issues of general concern but also legal issues of particular concern to the minority community.
The Board of Advocates is the Law Center’s student honor organization dedicated to the promotion and development of oral and written persuasive advocacy skills. The Law Center’s Advocacy Programs are administered in large part by the Board.
The Christian Legal Society is an organization that endeavors to provide a forum whereby all students can discuss legal issues and faith from a biblical perspective, fellowship with other believers, and participate in compassionate service.
The Civilian is LSU Law’s student run news publication published once a month, four times a semester. The Civilian serves the LSU Law community with in-depth journalism, reports on current events, thoughtful opinions, editorials, and regular columnists.
The Civilian Student Society is an organization of students dedicated to preservation of Louisiana’s civil law tradition. The Society holds meetings and sponsors lectures dealing with topics in the civil law. It also interacts with other organizations that study and foster development of the civil law.
Cornerstones is a student organization focused on helping students manage stress of law school and practice building a work-life balance for their future legal careers
The Entertainment and Media Law Society works to promote information to students interested in a career in entertainment and media law, as well as provide networking opportunities with lawyers associated with the field.
The Environmental Law Society exists to promote environmental awareness and to allow students to participate in projects that will enable them to learn more about environmental law.
The Federalist Society attempts to create a sense of community and promote the exchange of ideas among conservatives through scholarly debate and discussion.
The Hispanic Law Student Association strives to promote professional development and networking opportunities to LSU Law students, and to encourage the participation of Hispanic law students in the legal community.
The Immigration Law Association is a student run organization dedicated to educating the student body about issues in modern immigration law. The Immigration Law Association offers opportunities for students to engage in pro bono and volunteer activities in areas relating to immigration law and assists students in networking with immigration attorneys. All students interested in immigration law are encouraged to participate in ILA activities.
The International Law Society attempts to promote the study and publication of materials on any topic in international law. This group is the central location for the disbursement and updating of international L.L.M. and summer school programs and internships abroad. The ILS also coordinates the Jessup Moot Court team.
The Journal of Civil Law Studies is a peer-reviewed, online and open-access periodical, published by the Center of Civil Law Studies. The JCLS promotes a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to the civil law in Louisiana and in the world. Student graduate editors, in collaboration with staff editors, edit the JCLS. Graduate editors are also invited to become content contributors by submitting essays, or by writing case notes for the “Civil Law in Louisiana” feature of the JCLS. All applications from 2L and 3L students are welcome, but the JCLS selection process for graduate editors is competitive.
The Journal of Energy Law and Resources is a student-edited academic journal focusing broadly on energy and its relationship to other areas of law. The JELR was created to promote the study of energy law and the effects of technological innovation on a local, national and international level. Student editors are selected annually by considering participation in an annual write-on competition and academic performance, and all students interested in energy law are encouraged to participate in the competition.
The Legal Association of Women (L.A.W.) serves the school and community in recognizing the role of women in the law profession as well as assisting future female attorneys in Louisiana and elsewhere.
The Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (LACDL) at LSU is dedicated to promoting a fair, accurate, and humane criminal justice system through education, advocacy, and the development of effective and professional defense lawyers.
The Louisiana Business and Law Society is a student-run organization dedicated to the interaction between law and business. The organization aims to educate its members about careers related to business and corporate law.
The Louisiana Law Review was established to encourage legal scholarship in the student body, act as an incentive to and provide a method of training in individual research, contribute to the development of the law by scholarly criticism and analysis, foster the study of civil and comparative law, and serve the bar of the state by comments on and discussion of current cases and legal problems. It is edited by a board of student editors, with faculty cooperation. The Law Review selects student editors by considering first-year academic performance and participation in an annual writing competition.
The mission of OUTlaw is to create a climate at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in which it is safe and comfortable to be openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or an ally (“LGBT”). OUTlaw seeks to create an atmosphere of acceptance and comfort, instill justice, and combat discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The organization exists to provide support and a sense of community while simultaneously engaging in political activism and advocacy.
Phi Alpha Delta is an international legal fraternity that fosters legal education and the profession, not only in law schools, but also in undergraduate universities, high schools and even in elementary schools. P.A.D. pursues a plan to promote and enhance the image of the law student and the legal profession in the general community.
The Public Interest Law Society (PILS) helps LSU law students advance the public interest through one-time projects, semester-long efforts, and public interest careers. PILS works to increase the number of public interest opportunities available to LSU law students in the Baton Rouge community and nationwide by administering a fellowship fund for summer public interest internships and organizing projects to help the local community during the school year.
The Social Justice & Policy Journal of the South (SJPJS) is a student-edited, academic journal based out of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The mission of our Journal is to reach current and future members of the legal profession with fresh perspectives on controversial issues relating to social justice and policy and address a gap in the types of matters explored in the context of academic legal writing here at LSU Law. SJPJS hopes to provide students with an additional forum to express their views concerning this subject and develop their legal writing skills through journal membership.
The Student Bar Association comprises all students in the Law Center. The association promotes and coordinates student activities within the Law Center and serves as an instructional medium for postgraduate bar association activities.
The Tax Club is quite active at the Law Center. The Tax Clubhas been in existence since 1996. For the last two years, the Tax Club has sponsored a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (“VITA”) site where LSU law students help low-income taxpayers fill in their income tax returns. The club has also offered (and plans to offer) a session for the Tax Club members on how to perform tax research. The club sponsors guest speakers and panel discussions on issues involving tax practice and information about the various L.L.M. programs in taxation.
The purpose of the Veteran Advocacy Club at the LSU Law Center is to foster education and community within the LSU Law community. The unique veteran culture creates numerous opportunities for students to engage with like-minded individuals, educate and advocate for themselves and others on a local, state, and national level on veteran legal issues. The Veteran Advocacy Club is open to veterans and non-veterans alike and requires no dues.
Back to School—New freshmen get acquainted with the upperclassmen at an annual tradition held the first Friday of the semester.
Tiger Tailgate Parties—Under the oaks at the Law Center before all of the home football games, students and teachers alike enjoy bands, food, and fun!
TGIF—“Thank goodness it’s Friday!” Enough said about these end-of-the-week traditions held on the steps of the Law Center all year long.
Family Days—Family members accompany law students to their classes to get a “taste” of law school. They also share lunch with students and professors.
Hats and Canes—Seniors put on top hats and wield canes for a champagne toast from the Chancellor on the steps of the Law Center prior to one of the home football games. This is a LSU Law tradition that dates back over 30 years!!!
Halloween Party—Students dress up for a night of fun sponsored by the LSU Law Student Bar Association; the last bash before finals; law students compete in a costume contest.
Fall Semester Celebration—Students kick up their heels and toast the end of finals. They’ve earned it!
Still alive at 65—This party, held the first Friday of the spring semester, welcomes the freshman students back for the second semester—a rite of passage at the Law Center.
Assault and Flattery—A friendly roast and night of good-natured fun where seniors roast the Law Center’s favorite professors. Students perform skits for the faculty, staff, and fellow students. An LSU favorite!
Barristers Ball—The much anticipated yearly formal. Students get decked out and dance the night away to a great band at a local reception hall. A chance to socialize in style with your professors!
Barristers at Bat—An all day charity softball tournament, with area law firms squaring off against student teams. Lots of friendly competition but don’t forget your sun screen!
Race Judicata—Everyone’s invited to the foot races! There is a choice of a 5K walk or run through the LSU campus. There is also a 1-mile fun run for the less adventurous. The race is followed by a huge crawfish boil with over 2,000 pounds of crawfish boiled on site.
Senior Cocktail Party—Held every year the night before graduation, this party is a landmark event for every senior! A great night of celebrating with friends and family.