Board of Supervisors Agrees to Realign the Paul M. Hebert Law Center as an Academic Unit within LSU

During the March Board of Supervisors meeting, the board approved the realignment of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center as an academic unit within LSU.

“Similar to the administrative realignment taking place with the LSU AgCenter and the College of Agriculture, this realignment will more fully integrate the Law Center into LSU,” said LSU President & Chancellor F. King Alexander. “While the Law Center and LSU have a number of shared services, this will foster greater unity and will provide additional interdisciplinary academic and research opportunities for our students and faculty.”

The realignment is expected to produce creative coordination of academic programing, enhancing both educational opportunities for current students and undergraduate and law student recruitment; greater unity of institutional communications and messaging; development of additional opportunities for coordination of funded research; improved coordination of international programs, broadening funding opportunities, international student recruitment and student educational experiences; and potential for additional efficiencies and cost savings beyond those currently achieved through the many goods and services already shared by LSU and the Law Center.

“Whatever may have been the case some years ago, in today’s highly competitive law school world, the Law Center must be positioned to take full advantage of the academic and other resources of LSU,” said LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss.  “Law students want and need to be educated in other disciplines. To do this effectively, we need to have a seat at the LSU family table and to be a part of the ongoing conversation there.”

After realignment, the Law Center would exercise the autonomies that are typical of law schools of similar stature within flagship enterprises like LSU and that are required by law school accreditors. Alexander, in consultation with Weiss, will determine the timeline, including effective date, of this realignment and shall address transition issues and will submit recommendations for action to the LSU Board of Supervisors as needed.

“The proposed realignment will provide an administrative framework for advancing interaction between the Law Center and LSU,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell. “The realignment allows us to better serve the needs of our law students and faculty by providing more collaboration and more interaction among all of our programs, including enhanced partnerships with disciplines such as science, engineering and business.”

Both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Committee on Colleges and the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association must approve the proposed realignment before it becomes effective.

Since 1977, the Law Center has operated as a separate campus of the LSU System; however, LSU and the Law Center are intertwined in many ways already, including shared services, dual degree programs and cross-registration opportunities.

In other matters, the board approved the schematic designs for both the Patrick F. Taylor Hall addition and renovation, and the new LSU Gymnastics practice facility; discussed the autonomy stipulated in Act 418 of the 2011 session of the Louisiana Legislature to administer an autonomous risk-management program; and received updates on the partnership between University Health and the Biomedical Foundation.

The board also approved the following:

  • Endowed professorships at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans: Dean Fontham Scholars Professorship and Howard and Joy Osofsky Professorship of Addiction Psychiatry
  • Letter of intent for a Master of Science in Dentistry program at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry in New Orleans
  • The Michael H. Woods Family First Generation Scholarship at LSU Shreveport
  • Reauthorization of the Institute for Human Services and Public Policy and to change the name to the Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research at LSU Shreveport
  • A Certificate in Energy Law at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • Assignment by Pennington Oil & gas Interests LLC of Overriding Royalty Interest to John W. Walker Jr.
  • To name LSU Alexandria’s Multi-Purpose Academic Center the “Howard M. and Eloise F. Mulder Hall”
  • Degrees to be conferred at the spring and summer 2014 commencement exercises.