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Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center

The LSU Law Center established a joint J.D./C.L. program under which its graduates receive the J.D. (Juris Doctor) and a C.L. (Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law) upon completion of the 94 credit hour, six-semester course of study. To graduate, all students must satisfy the requirements for both degrees. Both the J.D. and the C.L. are first-level professional school degrees. The Joint Degree Program is designed to strengthen the Law Center's leadership role as curator of the Louisiana Civil Code and of the Civil Law generally; extend recognition to Law Center graduates, who, in order to master both the Civil and the Common Law Systems, must satisfy one of the nation's highest course credit hour requirements; and position the Law Center as a leader among American law schools in the globalization of its curriculum.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 650
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 153 - 160
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.09 - 3.6
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 86.88%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 92.0%
In State Tuition $18,618
Out of State Tuition $36,006

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About Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center

The LSU Law Center established a joint J.D./C.L. program under which its graduates receive the J.D. (Juris Doctor) and a C.L. (Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law) upon completion of the 94 credit hour, six-semester course of study. To graduate, all students must satisfy the requirements for both degrees. Both the J.D. and the C.L. are first-level professional school degrees. The Joint Degree Program is designed to strengthen the Law Center's leadership role as curator of the Louisiana Civil Code and of the Civil Law generally; extend recognition to Law Center graduates, who, in order to master both the Civil and the Common Law Systems, must satisfy one of the nation's highest course credit hour requirements; and position the Law Center as a leader among American law schools in the globalization of its curriculum.

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The “very inexpensive” Louisiana State University Law Center boasts “the highest bar-passage rate in the state” pretty much every year and a unique program where graduates receive both a JD and Graduate Diploma in comparative law that provides “exposure to both common and civil law.” You’ll leave LSU Law with a Juris Doctor as well as a graduate diploma in comparative law, which is a mélange of European legal traditions. “The focus on the civil law at LSU is a definite plus because most of us remain in Louisiana to practice,” explains a 2L. “It’s a much different approach to problems than our common law colleagues use, and the training in the civil law happens early and often.” The “first-year curriculum is rich and very demanding.” Contracts, torts, civil procedure, constitutional law, and all your standard 1L courses are required. Students must also take course work in Louisiana’s codes of torts, civilian property, and much else. After first year, “2Ls and 3Ls [are] more free to specialize and take advantage of the practical law courses available that would be applicable out of state.” Some students complain that there aren’t nearly enough electives, though. “LSU is small and so the range of courses available isn’t very broad, and it’s not always clear when a course will be taught.” “Some courses offered in the school’s course booklet haven’t been offered in years,” gripes a hardened 3L.“The classrooms and facilities are phenomenal.” Class attendance policies are “relatively stringent.” It’s a good thing, then, that the academic atmosphere is generally “excellent.” “The great thing about LSU Law professors is that many of them have been incredibly influential in the development of Louisiana law,” observes a 1L. “In preparing cases for classes, you can’t help but notice how often the courts have relied on your professor’s doctrinal works in formulating their decisions.” “While some are intent on using the Socratic Method at all costs, most use it simply to ensure that you are paying attention and can answer their questions when called upon,” relates a 3L. Not all faculty members are fabulous, though. “LSU has some of the best,” advises a 2L, “but a couple have to be the worst.” Outside of class, most faculty members are “more than willing to talk to students.” “They are all accessible if you try a little bit.” A few students tell us that the administration “emphasizes bureaucracy,” but the overwhelming sentiment here is that top brass “truly works for the students” and is “remarkably responsive to the student body.”LSU Law offers “an abundance of opportunities to be involved” in journals and advo­cacy programs. There are clinical programs in immigration law, family law, mediation, and juvenile representation. “A well-connected externship program places second- and third-year students with justices and judges in the Louisiana Supreme Court and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, among others,” adds a 3L. A study abroad program in Lyon, France, is also popular. Over 150 employers recruit here each year, but opinion regarding LSU Law’s ability to help students find jobs is split. Critics tell us that the Career Services office displays “callous indifference toward students who are not in the top five to ten percent of the class.” Other students say that Career Services is “in touch with you from the beginning” and “goes the extra mile to help students and find oppor­tunity for them.” “This school does everything it possibly can to ensure that you pass the bar and get a job,” beams a confident 1L.

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 218

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

Juris Doctor/Masters of Public Administration- 3 years Juris Doctor / Masters of Business Administration - 4 years Juris Doctor/Masters of Mass Communication- 4 years

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 67
Full-Time Faculty 35
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 23
Faculty Gender 76% Male
23% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 20 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 56% Male
44% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 73%
Multi-racial 2%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 14%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $18,618 Same as On-Campus
Housing $17,292 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $35,910 $18,618

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $36,006 Same as On-Campus
Housing $17,292 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $53,298 $36,006

Financial Aid

68% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$18,330 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 153 - 160
LSAT Total 153 - 160

Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.09 - 3.6
Total 3.09 - 3.6

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#10 Most Conservative Students

U.S. News & World Report

#30 National Liberal Arts
#32 National Liberal Arts Colleges High School Counselor Rankings

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 90%
First Time Pass Rate 87%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 70%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 150
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 92%
Average Starting Salary $52,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 66 33%
Firm Sized 11-25 12 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 11 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 7 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 4 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 1 0%
Business Industry 33 16%
Government 19 9%
Public Interest 8 4%
Federal Clerkship 6 3%
State Clerkship 17 8%
Academia 8 4%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 7 3%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 8 4%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 1%
TX 10%
LA 76%

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