Academics

Despite the challenges we have all faced in 2020, our primary goal remains the same: to protect your well-being and deliver on our promise of a top-tier education.

Academic Calendar

View full message regarding changes to the fall academic calendar.

  • The fall semester and on-campus instruction will begin as planned, on August 24.
  • The Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 7, is still in effect.
  • Fall Holiday, which was scheduled for October 8-9, will be canceled.
  • After the Thanksgiving Holiday, which will be held November 25-27, students will not return to campus. All remaining class meetings after Thanksgiving, as well as final exams, will be held online. By eliminating fall break and not returning to campus after Thanksgiving, we hope to reduce the chances of an outbreak of the virus that could be caused by exposure through travel.
  • We are making updates to the fall course offerings to allow for proper physical distancing, which may result in room changes to some scheduled courses and/or moving some additional courses online. Students may see some of these changes to their schedules as we make these updates, and LSU will let students know once the updates are complete.

LSU Academic Calendar

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LSU Law School Academic Calendar

Classes

Classrooms will abide by a maximum 50 percent occupancy rate, face coverings will be required, classroom podiums will be situated more than six feet away from student seating, and there will be enhanced cleaning throughout the buildings. One-way hallways and planned ingress and egress from classrooms will dictate traffic flow, so please pay attention to directional signage.

  • Classes of 100 or more students will be online with few exceptions.
  • Classes with between 11-99 students will meet in designated rooms with full or partial/alternating attendance days, unless faculty members have scheduled for these courses to be held online. Some of these classes will be in rooms that can accommodate the entire class and can meet regularly (e.g., a class size of 25 meeting in a classroom that holds 50 or more). Some will be in rooms that only can accommodate half of the class and will require only half the class attend at a time (e.g., a class size of 50 meeting in a classroom that holds 60, with 25 physically present on a given class session). A hybrid or flex structure to the class would allow all students rotating access to in-person attendance.
  • Classes with 10 or fewer students may meet as scheduled, unless faculty members have scheduled for these courses to be held online.

Faculty and graduate assistants are prepared to instruct students who are required to quarantine at any point in the semester and, therefore, be unable to attend class. For this reason, live streaming and/or a lecture capture software will be universally implemented.

If students feel safer staying remote, they should contact their academic adviser as soon as possible. LSU will work to try to help students build a schedule of remote courses that will still keep them on track toward graduation. This will depend on what courses a student needs, what their major is, and how close they are to graduation, but we will do everything possible to try to accommodate students.

Quiet Zone Spaces

View Quiet Zone locations on campus map.Quiet zone spaces are available around campus for students to do virtual classes. These are spaces for students who are on campus when their remote/online course is scheduled to meet. These are not general purpose study spaces for people to do their asynchronous work.

The spaces are open from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Allen 131 (20 spaces)
  • Coates 130 (20 spaces)
  • Coates 234 (20 spaces)
  • Electrical Engineering 145 (15 spaces)
  • Lockett 135 (15 spaces)
  • Tureaud 215 (20 spaces)
  • Williams 210 (25 spaces)
  • LSU Library Study Carrels on 2nd and 4th floors (100 spaces total)*
  • LSU Library 232 (15 spaces)*
  • Union Quiet Zone (20 spaces)
  • Union Evangeline (12 spaces)
  • Barnes and Noble Event Room (25 spaces) - Available beginning Sept. 3

*LSU Library study carrels and classroom both have ample outlets.

Placement/Credit by Examination

The LSU Testing Center is closed until further notice. Remote testing options are being made available for students needing to take Course Placement Exams and Course Credit by Examination.  

Placement Exams for incoming freshmen students and Credit by Examination for continuing/incoming transfer students are two separate processes.  View information for placement/credit by examination.