Paul M. Hebert Law Center
|Paul M. Hebert Law Center|
|Parent school||Louisiana State University System|
|School type||Public university|
|Location||Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States|
|Bar pass rate||86.5%|
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 G.D.C.L. (Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law), which recognizes the training its students receive in both the common and the civil law.
Until voting in April 2015 to realign itself as an academic unit of Louisiana State University, the Paul M. Hebert Law Center was an autonomous campus of, rather than a dependent academic unit of the larger university. Its designation as a Law Center, rather than Law School, derives not only from its formerly independent campus status, but also 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.
According to the school's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 65.1% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.
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.
The law school came to fruition in 1906, under LSU president Thomas Duckett Boyd, with nineteen founding students. Since 1924, the LSU Law Center has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools and approved by the American Bar Association. The Law Center was renamed in honor of Dean Paul M. Hebert  (1907–1977), the longest serving Dean of the LSU Law School, who served in that role with brief interruptions from 1937 until his death in 1977. One of these interruptions occurred in 1947-1948, when he was appointed as a judge for the United States Military Tribunals in Nuremberg.
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.
According to the Law Center's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 65.1% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners. The school's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 10.6%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at the Law Center for the 2014-2015 academic year is $39,880.75. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $160,966.
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- Jim Mitchell, Louisiana 30th Judicial District Court judge from 2009 until his death in 2015
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- Mike Nerren, state court judge from Bossier and Webster parishes
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- Parker Self (Class of 1984) - Judge of the Louisiana 26th Judicial District Court in Bossier and Webster parishes since 2004
- Andrew L. Sevier (1894–1962, Class of 1921), state senator from Tallulah
- Henry Clay Sevier, state representative from Madison Parish, 1936 to 1952
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- J. Minos Simon (Class of 1946), attorney and legal author in Lafayette, Louisiana
- Frank P. Simoneaux, attorney in Baton Rouge and member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1972 to 1982
- Tom Stagg, United States District Judge in Shreveport
- Ford E. Stinson, Jr. (Class of 1977), judge of the 26th Judicial District from 1997 to 2014, based in Benton
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- Ralph E. Tyson, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
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- W. Scott Wilkinson, Shreveport attorney and member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1920-1924 (D)
- J. Robert Wooley (Class of 1977), Louisiana Commissioner Insurance from 2000 to 2006; attorney with Adams & Reese in Baton Rouge (D)
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- Henry L. Yelverton, district and appellate court judge based in Lake Charles
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