LSU Law Center boasts highest bar exam pass rate in Louisiana, attributed to curriculum, opportunities

The LSU Law Center operates during normal business hours on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, on Highland Rd. The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center had the highest passage rate in the state for the Louisiana State Bar Exam in July, according to data released by the Committee on Bar Admission of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Of the University’s 128 bar applicants in July, 84.4% passed the exam. The next highest rate was Tulane with 76.7%, while the lowest rate was Southern University with 51.1%. The University also had the highest average pass rate in the state for first-time exam takers in July, with 85.6% passing.

Law Center Dean Thomas C. Galligan Jr. attributed the high passage rate to the curriculum, students’ work ethic and the quality of faculty members.

“Louisiana’s private law is civil law, and our public law is common law, and we require every student to take courses in both areas of the law,” Galligan said. “I think the requirement means that everybody is exposed to some of everything.”

Bar exams throughout the country are overseen by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. This organization creates guidelines for bar admission and writes the Multi-State Bar Examination, which most states use for the portions of their bar exam that cover federal law.

While the topics the bar exam covers remain the same, the questions change with each round of examinations. Students are able to view previous bar exams for study purposes.

Law students throughout the country must pass their state’s bar exam to obtain a license for practicing law. Louisiana’s bar exam consists of three days of rigorous testing on substantive and procedural law.

First-year law student Victoria Montanio said the Law Center’s curriculum helped students in passing the exam.

“I think (it was) the rigor of the curriculum,” Montanio said. “Constant reading assignments but also hypothetical assignments after class to get us to think about how to apply the law.”According to Galligan, the Law Center’s curriculum sets itself apart from other state law schools because of the thorough course requirements in addition to various hands-on learning experiences, like mock trial, field placements and both internal […]

The gilded, glass cage

Art by Lauren Moore. Photography by Baopu He. You are immediately hit with a sense of grandeur upon first sighting the University of Sydney’s New Law School. An expanse of green, geometric lawns sprawls out from the thoroughfare of Eastern Avenue to reveal a multi-levelled glass bridge, flanked on both ends by what appear to be stacks of orange shipping containers. All of it is seemingly suspended midair, frozen somehow in a state of perfect stasis. Cast your gaze below this floating glass prism and you see a lush window of Victoria Park. Cast your gaze above, and you see the Sydney skyline sparkling in the distance through the glass, tinted blue by the sky. In front of it all, rising from the lawns and into the sky, is a gracefully arched silver tower, its steel shell reflecting the colour of its surroundings with a distinct, metallic sheen. It splices this vision of glass and grass like an alien spaceship that has crash-landed on campus. But before you can piece together how this silver tower fits in with the rest of the building, the illusion is broken. A group of builders in high-vis vests surround the tower, some on the ground and others hoisted in the air by a crane. Although a spectacular sight from afar, up close you realise that the building is very much under maintenance.

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Completed in 2009 by Australian design studio Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt), the New Law School building triumphantly asserted the presence of the Law School on the main campus. Previously, it had been located right at the heart of the Sydney CBD, directly across the Federal and High Court in a 16-storey building which featured a games room and two squash courts. During the move to the main campus, the then dean of the school Gillian Triggs, while somewhat reserved in her praise for the building (prefacing it with her belief that law “could be taught in a barn”) wrote that the new building presented an “unprecedented opportunity to offer legal education for contemporary global legal practice.” In the end, fjmt’s […]

The R-Word

As I briefly discussed back in April , prior to their current respective roles as co-host of Thinking Like a Lawyer and host of The Jabot podcasts, I joined Joe Patrice and Kathryn Rubio as the host of our own podcast entitled Recess Appointment . Not surprising for a show that first aired in the midst of the 2012 presidential election, especially when our unofficial tagline was “four liberals agreeing,” we spent a lot of time discussing the economy. Despite discussing economic matters for more than a year, I am hesitant to claim any sort of expertise in the field, especially since the bulk of my contribution on the topic was regurgitating points that Justin Wolfers had tweeted. But while I am not going to be teaching in Vanderbilt’s Law & Economic Ph.D. program any time soon, I can still look at the below chart from Deutsche Bank, courtesy of the New York Times’ Ben Casselman, and understand it is not painting a rosy picture of the American economy in the near future.

Indeed, it might have been Pete Campbell himself who best summed up how some economic indicators are currently looking (Image via Giphy) The bearish economic view is not merely reflected in viral tweets and memes. As recently reported in The American Lawyer , McDermott Will & Emery is expanding the ranks of its restructuring and insolvency group not in anticipation of a future recession, but to deal with the recession that “‘we’re at the beginnings of . . . right now.’” A recession that is either already upon us or just waiting off stage should not be too surprising given that the United States is currently in the midst of its longest period of economic expansion in its history. At some point, the economic cycle will have to shift to a contraction stage, as is the case with every other national economy — Australia serving as the bizarre exception, having now entered its 27th consecutive year of economic growth.

Talk of an economic downturn can spook those in the legal world old enough to have lived through the […]

How an LL.M. Can Help you Pass US Bar Exams

Some law schools offer support for overseas lawyers who want to practice in America, but bar exam requirements and pass rates vary wildly between states

Many prospective LL.M. students come to US law schools with one goal in mind: to practice law in the US, one of the most revered legal systems in the world.

But an LL.M. degree does not qualify one to practice law in the US. That requires slaying a different beast: the bar exam.

In America, the bar exams are administered by individual states, granting one permission to practice law in that state only.

Passing a bar exam can be a passport to working in the US, which is home to many of the world’s top law firms, such as Latham & Watkins and Jones Day.

Even overseas LL.M. graduates who return home value passing the bar, a “highly valuable credential” around the world, says Clare Coleman, associate professor of law at Drexel University’s Kline School of Law in Pennsylvania.

However, studying for an LL.M. does not automatically make one eligible to sit the bar. Requirements differ from state to state, so students will need to do their homework to pass the bar.

According to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, 34 US states allow overseas lawyers to sit their bar exams, including legal centers like New York and California. Each state has different requirements, which frequently change.

Only six states that allow foreign-trained lawyers to take their bar exams will allow them to practice law on the basis that they have obtained an LL.M. degree from an American Bar Association-approved law school (and passed that state’s bar exam).These are California and New York, popular states for foreign-trained lawyers, and Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Palau. Do research on the LL.M.s and bar exams of your choice “The critical first step for any student wishing to use an LL.M. degree to sit the bar, is to conduct thorough research to make sure the degree fulfils ABA requirements,” says Richard Gaffney, director of bar studies at the Duquesne University School of Law in Pennsylvania.But many states require additional legal education at a law […]

The benefits of Intensive Legal English with your LLM

University of Miami, School of Law The American legal system is one of the most respected in the world. Lawyers in the US are right at the heart of the action. The US is where the landmark financial regulation Dodd–Frank Act was born. Here, you can observe the performance of check and balance thanks to the separation of powers between the legislature, judiciary and executive. It’s where robust freedom of expression and religious beliefs are vibrantly defended, inspiring nations all over the globe.

As exciting as this is, it can also be a little intimidating. Even for the best trained foreign lawyers planning to pursue their LLM in the US, entering the US legal system, or taking their US legal skills back to their home countries, a lack of strong English skills coupled with little background in US law can initially feel monumental, even impossible.

But this is no reason to hold back on pursuing your dreams of getting your LLM or becoming a lawyer in the US. Lack of exposure to the US legal system or language barriers can be easily overcome with the University of Miami’s Intensive Legal English + LLM program .

“The LLM with Intensive English Program can open doors for students that will change the course of their career,” says Carmen Perez-Llorca, Director of Miami Law’s International Graduate Law Programs . University of Miami, School of Law Located at the crossroads of the Americas, the University of Miami’s School of Law (Miami Law) is the perfect base for foreign lawyers to propel their legal career forward. Its location in South Florida offers students an international perspective, as well as exceptional career-building and externship opportunities in courts, corporations and clinics.

In one of the largest private research universities in the country, the School of Law offers a General LLM in US and Transnational Law and eight specialized LLMs in Tax, Real Estate and more. Additionally, there are over 15 joint degrees together with the other premier graduate schools at UM, including the Frost School of Music, Miller School of Medicine, Rosensteil School of Marine Science and the School of […]

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