Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center

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Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, in Baton Rouge, La., is one of the best value law schools in the nation, ranked No. 19 in 2018. With tuition at just $23,083, it is one of the most affordable law schools in the nation, and it delivers when it comes to both employment and bar pass rates. For the Class of 2017, 92.53 percent landed a job within 10 months of graduation, and the school reported an ultimate bar pass rate of 92.13 percent for the Class of 2015. 

Unlike other states, Louisiana uses civil law instead of common law. LSU Law teaches both and gives students the option to take 15 additional credit of civil law courses to earn a Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law in addition to their JD. Faculty say this gives students a leg up in a global, interconnected world. Students decide whether to pursue this diploma in their second year. 

“The legal education from LSU Law allows our graduates to practice anywhere in the world and in any field they choose," said Dean Tom Galligan. "Their education in civil and common law prepares our students for the increasingly connected legal world. Whether they end up practicing in Baton Rouge, Houston, Washington, D.C., or Paris, our graduates leave LSU with the education they need to succeed."

LSU Law’s comparative law program is designed to strengthen the Law Center’s leadership role as curator of the Louisiana Civil Code and the Civil Law generally; and extend recognition to Law Center graduates, who, in order to master both the Civil and the Common Law Systems, complete in-depth study of the Civil Law.

The school also excels in trial advocacy and litigation, with winning moot court teams, and professional skills training in research and writing. It also offers extensive externships and pro bono opportunities. The Law Center’s Advocacy programs are among the largest law student advocacy skills training programs in the United States. More than 150 student participate in six different LSU-hosted internal advocacy competitions, more than twenty-five traveling advocacy competition teams, and a series of skills workshops and boot camps.

Students can also choose to earn an Energy Law and Policy certificate through the school's Laborde Energy Law Center. 


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75th Percentile1583.66
25th Percentile1523.08
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$10000
Percent receiving grants96.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 92.50%
NJ Employment86.59
Bar Passage82.94%
Academic Profile
Best Law Schools 2018: Best Value: 
Employment 2018: 
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Entertainment Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Health Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Public Policy
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy