LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center is one of America’s great law schools; it is also one of the world’s great law schools. The LSU Law Center’s significance stems from five key attributes: program, faculty, students, staff, outcomes, and being part of a fantastic university—LSU.
The legal system in Louisiana is special. It is a product of the world’s two great legal traditions — common law and civil law — and it combines attributes of each. It is bijural, or dual. That means students at LSU Law learn two ways to think about the law and to put those thoughts into operation. Put more simply, it means LSU graduates learn to practice in both systems. Students at LSU have the option to obtain a Diploma in Comparative Law, in addition to the JD. Students can also earn a certificate in our Energy Law and Policy program, which is a part of the John P. Laborde Energy Law Center at LSU Law.
At LSU Law learning is not contained to a traditional classroom; learning also extends to experiential work, including simulation courses, field placements, and clinics. In simulation courses, students learn and practice legal skills such as trial advocacy, legal drafting, and more. And, during Apprenticeship Week, lawyers and judges spend one week on campus teaching an intensive array of simulation-based courses. In field placements, students work with judges and lawyers for government agencies and non profits, earning academic credit under their supervision.
In our clinics students represent real clients in real legal matters. In recent years, our clinical experiences have included: Immigration Law Clinic, Juvenile Defense Clinic, Civil Mediation Clinic, Parole and Reentry Clinic, and Prosecution Clinic. An Appellate Clinic is offered when the Louisiana Supreme Court appoints the Law Clinic to represent an indigent appelant. Experiential learning at the LSU Law Center provide students with an opportunity to hone advocacy and trial skills while seeing firsthand the impact that their work as student attorneys can have on an individual.
The LSU faculty is accomplished, dedicated, respected, and recognized. Our faculty take justifiable pride in being excellent teachers in the classroom and the clinic. They are universally dedicated to our student’s success as LSU legal education is demanding, personal, and practice-oriented. Our faculty are dedicated to the success of our students in law school and in their careers.
Faculty at the LSU Law Center are leaders in law teaching, scholarship, and law reform. Their scholarship has been relied upon by Louisiana courts at all levels, the courts of other states, and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Fifth Circuit. Our faculty have been active in law reform efforts in Louisiana and in other jurisdictions around the world. Prior to joining the LSU Law faculty, they excelled in law school, practice, clerking for judges, and serving the public interest.
LSU Law students are enthusiastically diverse, energetic, welcoming, and committed to making the world a better place through their legal education. They participate in the life of the law school. At LSU Law, we never forget we exist because of our students and their education is our primary mission and purpose.
The staff at the LSU Law Center are experienced, supportive, open, and available. The staff provide outstanding service from admissions to registration to technology to library service to career development to communications and beyond. Along with the faculty they ensure that the Law Center is a welcoming, inclusive, and friendly place to learn. Together they also work to bring about the tremendous success of our students and graduates.
The LSU Law Center has always had extremely high passage rates on the Louisiana and other state bars. We believe that our bar passage rates are a direct and clear manifestation of the exceptional education we all work and succeed in providing.
We are also extremely proud of our career placement success. Our graduates are leading lawyers all over the state of Louisiana and around the world; we have significant numbers of graduates in Texas, Florida, Georgia, California and D.C, and in almost every other state in the country. We also have graduates practicing in countries around the globe, from France to Argentina. We are pleased that for the class that graduated in 2020, some 88 percent were employed within ten months after graduation.
The Law Center has also recently launched a public service loan repayment assistance program through funding from the Kendall Vick Public Service Foundation. Up to five graduates per year may qualify for the competitive program based on eligible public service employment.
Finally, we are part of one of the world’s best public universities. We are an important part of the LSU community and enjoy wonderful relationships with other units of the university. We offer multiple dual degree opportunities with LSU graduate programs and accelerated 3 + 3 programs with LSU undergraduate colleges. And being part of LSU and located in South Louisiana means fantastic arts, music, food, athletics, outdoor activities, and people who love life.
In conclusion, the LSU Law center is a marvelous law school at a flagship, public university where we excel at training our students to be distinguished practitioners, community leaders, and active citizens. I look forward to getting to know you during your years at LSU Law.
Lee Ann Wheelis Lockridge
Interim Dean and Professor of Law