W326 Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 70803, USA
Phone: 225.578.7831 | Website: www.law.lsu.edu/llm
The Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University was founded in 1906 and is one of the few law schools in the United States with fully developed programs in both civil and common law, matching the needs of today’s global practice. LSU Law is recognized as having exceptional value as one of the top public law school graduate programs in the nation. When you add the unique and distinct culture of Louisiana to the strong academic curriculum and personal attention of the Law Center, you get a program that can’t be beat.
LSU Law offers a combination of advantages to be found nowhere else:
- A common law and civil law faculty with an international profile
- The possibility to study the civil law in English
- One of the best comparative law libraries in the world
- Highly competitive rates, minimizing the financial investment
- Affordable housing and living costs
- A unique and friendly environment for international students
Louisiana State University is located in historic Baton Rouge, along the banks of the Mississippi River. It is the largest university in the state, with approximately 30,000 students.
Baton Rouge is the capital of the state. It is the second largest city in Louisiana and only an hour and a half away from New Orleans. The Baton Rouge Metro Airport is just two flights away from most major cities in the world.
Law School Enrollment
Approximately 600 students attend the LSU Law Center, with the majority of those in the Juris Doctor (JD) program. With an average enrollment of 6 or 7, our LLM program is designed to be personalized and provides one-on-one attention to our master’s students.
The Law Center occupies two connected buildings: the Old Law Building (built in 1936 in a neoclassical style) and the New Law Building. The front exterior of the Old Law Building was modeled on the facade of the US Supreme Court.
Both buildings have undergone extensive renovations over the past few years, resulting in student-friendly classrooms with the latest technology, a comfortable student lounge, and a coffee shop. Free WiFi access is available to all students not only at the Law Center, but campus-wide.
The Law Library occupies much of the space in the New Law Building, spanning four floors. Our library is considered one of the best in the country; it contains a wide range of American, foreign, and international legal materials, as well as resources that are not available elsewhere. The library has on staff one law librarian exclusively dedicated to foreign, comparative, and international law materials.
LSU Law students have three housing options:
- On campus at the East Campus Apartments
- On campus at Family and Graduate Housing
- Off campus at an apartment or dwelling of their choice
Most LLM candidates choose to live off campus.
There are a number of apartment complexes located near the university. Some are within walking distance to campus; others would require a bicycle or a bus ride. The bus service is free to LSU students. Rent for off-campus apartments ranges from $500–$1,000 per month.
The Law Center offers an advanced program of study leading to the degree of Master of Laws (LLM) in Comparative Law. This degree requires two semesters in residence and a minimum of 26 credit hours of study. All LLM candidates also attend a two-week orientation program prior to the start of the fall semester.
The LLM in Comparative Law is open to students trained in the civil law who seek a firm foundation in the American common law taught from the unique perspective that only a truly comparativist institution can offer, as well as the possibility to study the civil law in English. It is also open to lawyers trained in the Anglo-American common law who seek some training in the civil law whilst building expertise in other areas of American law. We have a strong record of success with LSU LLM graduates passing the Louisiana Bar or the New York Bar.
- Introduction to US Law: This course, taken during the fall semester, is a comparative study of the institutions and concepts of Anglo-American and Louisiana laws, with an overview of how the common law evolves as compared to the civil law.
- Legal Research and Writing: Focused on practical skills, this course helps law students prepare for the professional legal writing needed in the practice of law. Students who have earned a JD at a law school in the United States may be exempt from taking Legal Research and Writing.
- Academic Legal Writing: Each LLM candidate must complete an academic legal writing project, either as an independent supervised research project (resulting in a paper) or a seminar paper. All candidates attend the Legal Research Workshop during the spring semester and regularly meet with Law Center faculty members and instructors for assistance and feedback on their writing. The final resulting paper is expected to be of high quality, with the potential for publishing.
These three required components make up 6 of the 26 credit hours needed to earn the LLM degree. The LLM candidate may allot the remaining 20 credit hours as he or she wishes (with the approval of the program director), either taking a variety of different courses, which may mix-match civil and common law, or choosing to specialize in an area of interest, including but not limited to:
- Civil and international law
- Intellectual property law
- Labor and employment law
- Environmental law
- Mineral and energy law
- Law, science, and public health
- Constitutional and administrative law
- Family law
- Admiralty and insurance
The LLM Program is highly selective in nature. Only candidates who have exhibited exceptional ability in the past and whose record, as a whole, promises high potential for the future will be considered for admission to the program. Applicants must have completed a JD from an ABA-approved law school, or its equivalent from a foreign law school. Admission decisions are made by the LLM Program Committee of the law faculty.
Students will be admitted in the fall semester, beginning in August. There is no spring semester admission.
The deadline to submit completed applications is March 31. Late applications are accepted but may not receive full consideration regarding financial aid.
Applications should be accompanied by the following supporting materials:
- Official transcripts of all law and related study, as well as other university education. Graduates of law schools outside the United States should be careful that their transcripts indicate courses taken, number of hours awarded for each course, the grade received in each course, an explanation of the grading system, and a ranking of the individual student. Transcripts in a language other than English, French, or Spanish must be accompanied by an official English translation.
- Three letters of recommendation by persons who are sufficiently acquainted with the applicant’s work to form an opinion about his or her ability to successfully pursue advanced legal studies. Please provide at least one letter of recommendation from a professor who knows you personally. The remaining two letters of recommendation may be from other professors or academics, or from people who have worked with you on a professional basis. The letters may be mailed by the recommender directly to the LLM program office, or may be included with the application in a sealed envelope, signed by the recommender over the seal.
- A personal statement including research interests and reason for pursuing advanced legal education, as well as plans following completion of the LLM degree.
- An official TOEFL or IELTS score sheet should be submitted by all non-native English speakers. The generally accepted minimum TOEFL score is 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based). The generally accepted minimum IELTS score is 7.5.
- A check or money order for $50 (in US funds) payable to the “LSU Law Center” as an application fee. The application fee is nonrefundable.
- Passport-size photo (passport photo).
Student Services, Organizations, and Cultural Activities
Law students have access to many activities and organizations, both at the Law Center and on the main campus. Among the many Law Center student organizations are the Student Bar Association, the International Law Society, the Civil Law Society, and the Federalist Society, to name but a few. Social activities include Tiger Tailgate parties prior to home football games, the weekly “Thank Goodness It’s Friday” (TGIF) gathering on the Old Law Building’s front steps, a Halloween party, the Barrister’s Ball, Assault and Flattery (where the students poke fun at their professors), and many other activities that all law students are encouraged to participate in.
The LSU campus offers fully equipped sporting facilities at the University Recreation Center (UREC). Want to climb a rock wall or kayak on the LSU lakes? How about taking a swim in the indoor pool, joining a fitness class, or playing tennis or racquetball? The UREC offers all of these activities and many more. LSU itself has a robust sports program and has won national championships in several sports. Most law students have the opportunity to attend a football game in Tiger Stadium, along with nearly 100,000 cheering fans. It is an experience that defies description and shouldn’t be missed!
Cultural activities are in abundance on the LSU campus. The College of Music has several performances each week, often featuring special performers. The College of Dramatic Arts stages multiple productions each year, and the LSU Union Theater hosts nationally touring productions (musicians, plays, and comedians, to name a few) at least twice per month during the academic year. Nationally and internationally known speakers, hosted by various colleges, make presentations, give book readings or literary recitations, and have discussion sessions that are open to all students.
LSU is home to over 1,000 international students from all over the globe, and throughout the academic year, the International Cultural Center hosts a variety of activities and festivals, allowing international students to share their culture with the LSU community.
LSU Law has a Career Services office on site, staffed by dedicated career counselors. Counselors are available to meet with students on a one-on-one basis to discuss areas of interest and career goals. The Career Services office sponsors a wide variety of career-related programs throughout the school year. These programs are designed to promote early student self-assessment, pique students’ interest in specialized areas of legal practice, and encourage students to think about job opportunities as they develop a postgraduation employment plan.
This LLM program is more than your typical LLM program. It really is a one-of-a-kind “à la carte” LLM program. Its small size allows the students to evolve in a family-oriented environment. It is a highly personalized program that will adapt to the needs and the interests of the students. The deeply dedicated team will accompany the students throughout the year to make their LLM experience unique and unforgettable. The LLM program staff makes all of the keys, tools, and assistance needed available to the students to help them succeed during this very challenging year. The alumni maintain strong personal ties to the school and often come back to visit.
Of the four law schools in Louisiana, graduates of LSU Law consistently have the highest Louisiana bar passage rate.