Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

The Paul M. Hebert Law Center is a law school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, part of the Louisiana State University System and located on the main campus of Louisiana State University. Because Louisiana is a civil law state, unlike its 49 common law sister states, the curriculum includes both civil law and common law courses, requiring 97 hours for graduation, the most in the United States. In the Fall of 2002, the LSU Law Center became the sole United States law school, and only one of two law schools in the Western Hemisphere, offering a course of study leading to the simultaneous conferring of a J.D. (Juris Doctor), which is the normal first degree in American law schools, and a B.C.L. (Bachelor of Civil Law), which recognizes the training its students receive in both the Common and the Civil Law. The Paul M. Hebert Law Center is unique among university-affiliated law schools because it is an autonomous campus of, rather than a dependent college of, its larger university. This structure has been criticized for impeding the development of joint degree programs and indirectly lowering the university's rankings due to a lowering of aggregate aid to the university system. Its designation as a Law Center, rather than Law School, derives not only from its campus status but from the centralization on its campus of J.D. and post-J.D. programs, foreign and graduate programs, including European programs at the University of Lyon III School of Law, Lyon, France, and Louvain Belgium, and the direction of the Louisiana Law Institute and the Louisiana Judicial College, among other initiatives.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Website (Website) http://www.law.lsu.edu
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) admissions@law.lsu.edu
Location (Location) Baton Rouge, LA
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Quick Facts

Founded : 1906
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : Yes

Rankings

US News Week : 72
Vault Top 25 : N/A
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Median LSAT : 157
Median GPA : 3.38
Acceptance Rate : 46%


LSU Law School Admissions

LSU Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 46% of its applicants. Comparatively, Lsu is Lower than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2018 1374 621 (45.20%) 199 (14.5%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 3.09 3.38 3.60
LSAT 153 157 160

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $18,618 $36,006
Part Time N/A N/A
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: $17,292
Living off-campus: $19,788
Living at home: $10,370

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : N/A
Early Decision 2 : N/A
Regular Decision : 03/01
Application Fee : $50

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LSU Law School Community

LSU Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Lsu is Below Average.

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FACULTY STATISTICS

  • Full Time : 28
  • Part Time : 33

FACULTY

  • # Female Faculty : 8
  • # Minority Faculty : 3

RATIO

20.3 Students

1 Faculty

HOUSING OPTIONS

  • On Campus Housing : No
  • Graduate Housing : No
  • Law Specific Housing : No

LSU Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Louisiana State - Baton Rouge 1L section size is 11% larger than law schools in Louisiana and 20% larger than all Public law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

LSU Law School: 79
Louisiana Average: 70
Public School Average: 63
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 539
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 114
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 250
  • Law Journals : 58
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 83

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 3.8%
  • Second Year : 0.0%
  • Third Year : 0.0%
  • Fourth Year : 0.0%

LSU Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Louisiana State - Baton Rouge class of 2013 had an employment rate of 91% with 4% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2013, 90.4%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 55.0%
  • Business: 16.0%
  • Government: 9.0%
  • Public Interest: 4.0%
  • Academia: 4.0%
  • Louisiana: 76%
  • Texas: 10%
  • California: 2%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 90.4%
  • First Time Takers: 177
  • Average School: 86.9%
  • Average State: 70.2%
  • Pass Difference: 16.7%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Louisiana : 70.2%
  • Passed : 139 of 160 (86.9%)
  • State Average : 70.2%
  • Difference : 16.7%
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