Board Of Regents Study Rejects Shreveport Law School Proposal

Feb 21, 2020

Louisiana Board of Regents met on February 20, 2020 to discuss the fate of a proposed law school in Shreveport, LA.
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TOO COSTLY and NOT NEEDED - A study from Louisiana's top higher education board rejected the need for a Shreveport law school just weeks after concluding the region doesn't need a dental school either.  The Louisiana Board of Regents was asked to study the feasibility of a law school for Shreveport in separate legislative resolutions by state Rep. Cedric Glover, Shreveport, and state Sen. Barrow Peacock, Bossier City.

Among those who spoke before the board included local Attorney Calvin Lester who emphasized  the lack of NW Louisiana’s Legal Education opportunities contribute to students seeking education elsewhere.

Caddo Commissioner Scott Jackson (L) listens to attorney, Calvin Lester (R) as he explains how a lack of legal educational resources affects student out migration from the state.
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"Once you've gotten in the habit of leaving home to go to college,"Lester explained."It's very easy to continue to leave the state."

Southern University had given its full support to establish a non-traditional law school in Shreveport that would offer night and weekend classes.  But the regents' study, in addition to saying there was no evidence supporting a new law school, also said the costs could be prohibitive.