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Louisiana State University ("LSU")

Louisiana State University, or "LSU", is a university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana which was originally founded in 1853. LSU is the flagship institution of the Louisiana State University System, and the largest institution of higher education in Louisiana in terms of student enrollment. The University enrolls over 20,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students in 17 schools and colleges.  LSU is often noted for its extensive research facilities, operating some 800 sponsored research projects funded by various agencies.

Athletics often play a large part of a student's LSU experience. LSU's athletic department fields teams in 20 varsity sports (9 men's, 11 women's), and is a member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and the  SEC (Southeastern Conference). LSU Tigers football began in 1893, with national championship wins in the 1958, 2003, and 2007 seasons.

The law school

Time and again ranked among the top LL.M. programs at a public law school, the LSU Law Center is the only law school in the United States with fully developed programs in both common and civil law. The faculty's depth of knowledge of both common and civil law provides students with one of the most comprehensive and insightful Comparative Law programs available.

LSU Law Center’s curriculum requires six semesters. Many students choose to spend summers studying in LSU Law's program in Lyon, France. Because of the constant presence of two law systems, a comparative atmosphere and an international flavor characterize the campus.

LSU Law students are active in all sorts of organizations—and events such as crawfish boils, Assault & Flattery, and golf tournaments that show they know how to have a good time. The campus of a state flagship university offers many opportunities along with the excitement of SEC football. Beautiful lakes are a stone's throw away, and New Orleans is just 90 miles down I-10.

Tuition fees

Tuition for the 2010-2011 LL.M. is $11,722 for Louisiana residents. For nonresidents of Louisiana, a fee of $10,096 is added to the cost of tuition, for a total of $21,818. Mandatory student fees total approximately $1,800 per year. The cost of living for a student in Baton Rouge is approximately $700-$900 per month, with housing available on or off campus.

Entry Requirements

The Program

The Law Center offers an advanced program of study leading to the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.). This degree requires two semesters in residence and a minimum of 26 credit hours of study.

The LL.M. degree in Comparative Law is open to students with either Civilian or Anglo-American training who seek a firm basis in the American common law taught from the unique perspective that only a truly comparativist institution can offer.

Required Courses

All LL.M. candidates must attend a special Orientation program held at the Law Center beginning two weeks prior to the start of the fall semester.

The Orientation program will familiarize the students to the language and study of law at a United States law school, as well as provide opportunities for course selection, completion of enrollment and administrative requirements, and other activities to orient students to life as a U.S. law student.

LL.M. students also take Introduction to United States Law, a first-semester comparative study of the institutions and concepts of Anglo-American and Louisiana laws (with an overview of how the common law evolves compared to the civil law), and Legal Writing, a practical skills component to help them prepare for professional legal writing.

The LSU Law Center then offers candidates a full range of law courses, seminars, and skills development classes that are important to international lawyers. Classes are also available in: civil and international law; intellectual property law; labor and employment law; environmental law; law, science and public health; constitutional and administrative law; family law; torts, admiralty and insurance; professional responsibility and the practice of law and procedure (including international criminal law and white-collar crime); and other areas.

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