The Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Jake T. Henry, III
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 44.1% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.39
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 158

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 44.1%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-160
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.1-3.66
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.39
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 158

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma, Civil Law
Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma, Comp. Law
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
A summer program in Lyon, France is offered. The following live client clinics are offered: Domestic Violence; Immigration; Juvenile Representation; Family Mediation. Students can participate in a Public Interest/Not-for-Profit Externship,Judicial and Attorney General Externship, or work with government agencies, local prosecutors and public defenders, and state and federal revenue offices.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 165
Seminars 22
Positions available in seminars 440
Positions available in simulation courses 516
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 58
Student activities (as provided by the school)
The Louisiana Law Review is edited by a board of students with faculty cooperation. In 2012, the school will inaugurate a new student-edited journal, the LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources. The Moot Court Board oversees participation in approximately 25-30 competitions. Other student organizations representing a variety of interests are also available.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 79
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 20
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 227
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 457
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 49
Full-time students involved in field placements 100
Full-time students involved in law journals 51
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 74
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 40

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 18.6:1 – High
Full- and part-time faculty 56
Full-time minority faculty 10.3%
Part-time minority faculty 3.7%
Total faculty 71
Total faculty (men) 76.1%
Total faculty (women) 23.9%
Total faculty (minorities) 8.5%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#79 Best Law Schools

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#81 in Law Firms Rank Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 46
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.3
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.1
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.1-3.66
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.39
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 155-160
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 158
Acceptance rate 44.1% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 18.6:1 – High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 62.7% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 90.4% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 75.2% – Low
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar LA
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 65.4%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 687

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 663

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 24

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 5.8%
Second-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 1.9%
Female students discontinuing law school 2.3%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Amy Marix
Financial aid phone (225) 578-3103
Financial aid application deadline N/A

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $17,474 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $33,800 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $15,032
Books $2,500
Miscellaneous expenses $2,249
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? No
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? No
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? No

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 30.9%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 18.3%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 8.9%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 8.7%
Median grant amount $6,824
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $2,464–$12,396
Full-time students receiving grants 66.8%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $69,750
Proportion who borrowed 79.9%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 166,983
Microform titles 104,203
Electronic titles 126,870
Other non-book titles 2,256
Total titles 400,312
Volumes (excluding microforms) 442,527
Volume equivalent microforms 405,690
Total volumes and volume equivalents 848,217
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 104
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 64
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 36
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 64
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 14
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 66
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 24
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 11

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 4
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 60
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 70,856
Total seats available for library users 471
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The LSU Law Library contains one of the largest collections of legal materials in the Southeastern United States. The collections contain the statutes and reports of federal and state jurisdictions in the U.S., as well as extensive college and law journals, citators, digests, and treatises. There are also substantial collections of comparative, international and foreign law.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar LA
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 75.2% – Low
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 65.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 177
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 62.7%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 90.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 14.1%
Graduates whose employment status is known 85.9%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 62.7%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 19.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.1%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.7%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.3%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 90.4%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 4.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.1%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $40,000
Median private sector starting salary $53,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $75,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 83%
Median public service starting salary $39,500

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 0.0%
Percent employed in business and industry 8.1%
Percent employed in government 10.0%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 18.1%
Percent employed in law firms 61.9%
Percent employed in public interest 1.9%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 83%
Graduates employed out-of-state 17.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 13
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 0.6%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.6%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 5.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 2.5%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 89.4%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.3%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.6%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Career Services has 3 counselors and an interview coordinator. An On-campus Interview Program is offered each semester-law firms, gov’t employers, corporations and judges visit campus to interview students. Workshops, panel discussions, guest speaker presentations, counseling sessions, and alumni networking events are offered to students, covering a broad range of topics and job search strategies.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 90.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 97.2%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 6.9%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 90.9%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 2.5%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.6%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 0.0%

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