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Louisiana State University Law Center

Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Parent school Louisiana State University System
Established 1906
School type Public university
Dean Jack M. Weiss
Location Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Bar pass rate 86.5%

The Paul M. Hebert Law Center is a law school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, 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 94 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. As of June 2008, the LSU Law Center will no longer confer the B.C.L., but will confer a Graduate Diploma in Civil Law instead. This is due to a conflict with the Southern Association of Colleges (SACS) over the requirements of a bachelor degree.

The Paul M. Hebert Law Center is an autonomous campus of, rather than a dependent college of, its larger university. 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 Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 School of Law, France, and the University of Louvain, Belgium, and the direction of the Louisiana Law Institute and the Louisiana Judicial College, among other initiatives.


In 1904, LSU constitutional law professor Arthur T. Prescott, who earlier had been the founding president of Louisiana Tech University, became the first to propose the establishment of a law school at LSU.[1]

The law school came to fruition in 1906, with nineteen founding students.United States Military Tribunals in Nuremberg.


The LSU Law Center has moved nine spots upward in the 2014 U.S. News rankings of law schools, climbing to 76th. The number 76 ranking is the second highest in LSU Law history, bested only by the school's ranking of number 75 in 2010.

The LSU Law Moot Court/Trial Advocacy Program has been ranked in the Top 25 nationally. Since the 2005-06 academic year, the Moot Court/Trial Advocacy Program has earned 5 National Moot Court Championships, 7 National Second Place Finishes, 3 State Championships (LSBA Mock Trial), 15 Top 8 Finishes in National Quarter Finals, 15 Regional Championship or Finalist Awards, 18 Best Oralist/Best Individual Advocate Awards, and, 8 Best Brief/Best Motion Awards.

The LSU Law Center ranked 11th in the United States in the percentage of 2011 graduates employed in full-time, long-term legal jobs within nine months of graduation, according to an analysis published by the Wall Street Journal. The ranking was based on detailed legal employment data reported by all accredited law schools to the American Bar Association (ABA).

A recent study conducted by The National Jurist magazine identified LSU Law as the number 1 school in the United States in terms of first-time bar passage ratios in a predictive statistical model based on Law School Admission Test scores. It also ranked the historic LSU Law Library number 5 based on measures reported to the ABA by all ABA-approved law schools.


In 2011, the Law Center received 1,437 applications for the J.D./C.L. program for an enrolled class of 239. The current first-year class includes graduates from 80 colleges and universities throughout the nation. Women make up 49% of the class, 51% are men. Approximately 35% of the class of 2014 came from outside Louisiana representing 19 others states, United States Virgin Islands, France, and China.

LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources

The Center publishes the biannual open-access LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources that focuses on the law of energy development, energy industries, natural resources, and sustainable development.[2][3][4][5][6]

Notable alumni

  • Kent M. Adams, Class of 1981, Houston, Texas attorney, Past Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System (2001–2007)
  • H. Welborn Ayres, judge of the Third Judicial District and Second Louisiana Circuit Court of Appeals, 1942–1975
  • Charles C. Barham (1934–2010, Class of 1959), State senator from Lincoln and Union parishes; attorney in Ruston
  • Greg Barro, State senator from Caddo Parish (1992–1996); Shreveport attorney
  • Carl W. Bauer, Member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature from St. Mary Parish, 1966-1976 (D)[7]
  • Walter O. Bigby, State representative and appeals court judge
  • John Breaux, United States Senator from Louisiana from 1987 until 2005, lobbyist
  • Chris Broadwater (Class of 2002), current District 86 state representative from Tangipahoa Parish
  • Overton Brooks (Class of 1923), United States Representative from Louisiana's 4th congressional district from 1937 to his death in 1961
  • Henry Newton Brown, Jr., Chief Judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeal
  • Ossie Brown, former East Baton Rouge Parish district attorney
  • William Denis Brown, III (1931-2012), lawyer, businessman, state senator from Monroe[8]
  • Roy Brun, state district court judge in Shreveport and former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from Caddo Parish
  • Bryan Edward Bush, Jr., former EBR district attorney; unseated Ossie Brown in 1984
  • Patrick T. Caffery (Class of 1956), United States Representative from 1969 to 1973 and member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1964 to 1968
  • David T. Caldwell (Class of 1951), Second Judicial District Court judge in Jonesboro.[9]
  • Theo Cangelosi (Class of 1934), lawyer, businessman, politician, gubernatorial confidante
  • James Carville, American political consultant, commentator and pundit
  • Marcus R. Clark, Louisiana Supreme Court Justice from West Monroe
  • Luther F. Cole, state representative from 1964 to 1967, state court and appeals court judge from 1967 to 1986, and Louisiana Supreme Court associate justice from 1986 to 1992[10]
  • Scott Crichton (Class of 1980), judge of the Louisiana 1st Judicial District Court in Shreveport since 1991[11]
  • Cleveland Dear, U.S. representative from 1933 to 1937, district attorney, and state judicial district court judge
  • James L. Dennis, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit judge
  • C. H. "Sammy" Downs, state senator and gubernatorial advisor[12]
  • Gil Dozier, Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry from 1976 to 1980; convicted felon, disbarred and readmitted to the bar
  • Edwin Washington Edwards, Four-term Governor of Louisiana; prisoner, convicted of extortion, racketeering, and fraud
  • Frank Burton Ellis, 1929 L.L.B., state senator and federal judge
  • Jimmy Field, 1966 Law, member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission from Baton Rouge
  • C.B. Forgotston, 1970 J.D., political activist and state government watchdog
  • Mike Futrell, 1985 J.D., former state representative and East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council member
  • Gerald J. Gallinghouse, 1948 J.D., former U.S. Attorney for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana[13]
  • Allen C. Gremillion, (1929–1971), state representative from Crowley, 1964-1971
  • Rufus D. Hayes, (1913–2001), first state insurance commissioner, former East Baton Rouge Parish district attorney, former state Democratic chairman
  • S. Maurice Hicks, Jr., United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, Shreveport Division
  • George B. Holstead (1924–2002), State representative from Lincoln Parish from 1964–1980
  • Guy E. Humphries, Jr., state court judge from Alexandria
  • H. Alston Johnson, III, former federal judicial nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., United States Senator from 1972 to 1997; former member of both houses of the Louisiana legislature from Caddo Parish; Washington, D.C.-based lobbyist
  • J. Lomax "Max" Jordan, Jr., Louisiana State Senator from Lafayette and Acadia parishes, 1992–2000
  • Eddie J. Lambert, 1982 J.D. (born 1956), state representative from Ascension Parish. Mrs. Lambert is an LSU Law graduate and a judge in Ascension Parish.
  • Bernette Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice since 2013
  • Cheney Joseph, Judge Pro- Tempore, 16th Judicial District Court; Judge Pro-Tempore, 40th Judicial District Court; Executive Counsel to the Governor of Louisiana
  • Catherine D. Kimball, current Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Louisiana
  • Anthony Claude "Buddy" Leach, Jr., United States Representative from 1979-1981, chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party
  • Fred S. LeBlanc, 1920 L.L.B., mayor of Baton Rouge (1941–1944), state attorney general (1944-1948; 1952-1956), 19th Judicial District Court judge
  • Joe LeSage, Law School Class of 1952, Shreveport attorney, state senator (1968–1972), LSU supervisor (1956–1968; 1992, 1998), 1948 LSU quarterback
  • Russell B. Long, American politician who served in the United States Senate from Louisiana from 1948 to 1987
  • Gillis W. Long, United States Representative during the 1960s.
  • Speedy Oteria Long, United States Representative from 1965 to 1973.
  • Nicholas Lorusso (Class of 1992), state representative from Orleans Parish since 2007
  • Morris Lottinger, Jr. (Class of 1965), state representative and judge from Terrebonne Parish
  • Cecil C. Lowe, Judge of the Minden City Court and the Louisiana 26th Judicial District
  • Charles McConnell, Webster Parish politician
  • James O. McCrery, III, United States Representative from 1988 to present.
  • Gregory A. Miller (Class of 1988), member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from St. Charles Parish[14]
  • John Willard "Jack" Montgomery, Minden attorney and state senator from 1968–1972
  • William Henson Moore, United States Representative from 1975 to 1987. Unsuccessful Republican candidate for the United States Senate; Commissioner, Panama Canal Consultative Committee, 1987–1989; Deputy Secretary of Energy, 1989–1992; White House Deputy Chief of Staff, 1992–1993; Professional Advocate.
  • Jay Morris (Class of 1983), Louisiana state representative since 2012 from Ouachita and Morehouse parishes
  • L.D. "Buddy" Napper, state representative from Lincoln Parish from 1952 to 1964
  • Sydney B. Nelson, state senator (1980–1992) from Caddo Parish
  • James E. Paxton (Class of 1988), district attorney of Louisiana 6th Judicial District (East Carroll, Madison, and Madison parishes)[15]
  • G. Thomas Porteous, United States District Court judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • O. E. Price (1924–2006), Class of 1949, municipal, district, and state appeal court judge from Bossier City
  • Alvin Benjamin Rubin (1920–1991), Class of 1942, federal judge from 1965 to 1991
  • Alan Seabaugh (born 1967), Class of 1993, state representative from Shreveport
  • Andrew L. Sevier (1894–1962, Class of 1921), state senator from Tallulah
  • Henry Clay Sevier, state representative from Madison Parish, 1936 to 1952[16] (D)
  • J. Minos Simon (Class of 1946), attorney and legal author in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Tom Stagg, United States District Judge in Shreveport
  • Lloyd George Teekell (Class of 1951), state representative from Rapides Parish from 1953 to 1960; judge of the 9th Judicial District Court from 1979 to 1990
  • Wilbert Joseph "Billy" Tauzin, Jr., Member of the United States House of Representatives from 1980–2005
  • Risley C. Triche, Louisiana state representative, 1955–1976
  • Ralph E. Tyson, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • R.B. Walden, director of the Louisiana Department of Hospitals and former mayor of Winnsboro[17]
  • Edward J. Walters, Jr., Prominent Baton Rouge Trial Attorney, named 2008 Distinguished Attorney in Louisiana by Louisiana Bar Foundation, founding partner of Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC.
  • John L. Weimer, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Louisiana
  • W. Scott Wilkinson, Shreveport attorney and member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1920-1924 (D)[18]
  • J. Robert Wooley (Class of 1977), Louisiana Commissioner Insurance from 2000 to 2006; attorney with Adams & Reese in Baton Rouge (D)[19]
  • Captan Jack Wyly - Conservative Democratic political figure
  • Henry L. Yelverton, district and appellate court judge based in Lake Charles

See also


Further reading

  • W. Lee Hargrave. LSU Law: The Louisiana State University Law School from 1906 to 1977. Louisiana State University Press, 2004.

External links

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