In addition to the J.D., the law school offers the LL.M. and M.C.L. Students may take relevant courses in other programs and apply credit toward the J.D.; a maximum of 12 hours credits may be applied. The following joint degrees may be earned: J.D./B.C.L. (Juris Doctor/Bachelor of Civil Law), J.D./M.B.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration), and J.D./M.P.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Public Administration).
The Paul M. Hebert Law Center offers concentrations in corporate law, criminal law, environmental law, family law, international law, juvenile law, labor law, litigation, maritime law, media law, securities law, tax law, and torts and insurance. In addition, third-year students may take clinical courses in preparing for trials and oral arguments, generally worth 2 credits. Seminars are offered for 2 hours of credit. Special lecture series are the Edward Douglass White Lectures, the James J. Bailey Lectures, and the John H. Tucker, Jr. Lectures. Students may study for 6 weeks during the summer in France. Freshman tutorial programs are available. There are externships whereby 5 students may be selected to work under the supervision of any agency and the instructor in certain courses.
To earn the J.D., candidates must complete 97 total credits, of which 70 are for required courses. They must maintain a minimum GPA of 1.0 in the required courses. The following first-year courses are required of all students: Administration of Criminal Justice I, Basic Civil Procedure I and II, Civil Law Property, Constitutional Law I, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Research and Writing I and II, Legal Traditions and Systems, Obligations, and Torts. Required upper-level courses consist of Evidence, Legal Profession, and Trial Advocacy. The required orientation program for first-year students provides some 2 hours with students, about 1 hour with faculty, and a 2 hour Professionalism Program sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association.
In order to graduate, candidates must have a GPA of 2.0, have completed the upper-division writing requirement, and by taking a seminar in which they must submit a paper.
In the fall 2007 first-year class, 1682 applied, 467 were accepted, and 216 enrolled. Figures in the above capsule and in this profile are approximate. One transfer enrolled in a recent year. The median LSAT percentile of the most recent first-year class was 68; the median GPA was 3.49 on a scale of 4.0. The lowest LSAT percentile accepted was 15; the highest was 97.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and take the LSAT. The most important admission factors include academic achievement, LSAT results, and letter of recommendation. No specific undergraduate courses are required. Candidates are not interviewed.
Applicants should submit an application form, LSAT results, transcripts, a nonreundable application fee, 2 letters of recommendation, and a $500 seat deposit credited toward tuition. Notification of the admissions decision is on a rolling basis. Check with the school for current application deadlines. The law school uses the LSDAS.
In a recent year, about 82% of current law students received some form of aid. Required financial statements are the FFS and the FAFSA. Check with the school for current application deadlines. First-year students are notified about their financial aid application shortly after applying.
About 50% of the student body are women; 10%, minorities; 8%, African American; 1%, Asian American; and 1%, Hispanic. The majority of students come from Louisiana (89%). The average age of entering students is 25; age range is 18 to 56. About 6% drop out after the first year for academic or personal reasons; 88% remain to receive a law degree.
Students edit the Louisiana Law Review and the newspaper Civilian. Moot court competitions include the Tullis Moot Court at the Law Center and at the regional and national Jessup Moot Court and National Moot Court competitions. Teams also participate in the F. Lee Bailey, Frederick Douglass, and Entertainment Law moot courts, and the American Trial Lawyers and Louisiana State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Mock Trial competitions. Law student organizations include the Student Bar Association, Flory Trial Club, and the Moot Court Board.
The law school operates on a traditional semester basis. Courses for full-time students are offered days only and must be completed within 4 years. There is no part-time program. New students are admitted in the fall. There is a 7-week summer session. Transferable summer courses are offered.