Louisiana College to create a Christian law school

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana College plans to establish a law school with a "biblical worldview" that aims to train defenders of conservative Christian values.

Louisiana College, a 1,000-student school in Pineville, expects to hire a law dean next year and enroll up to 40 students in 2009, eventually building enough capacity to enroll 300 students. The school will seek accreditation from the American Bar Association.

Other conservative Christian law schools include Liberty University School of Law, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, and Regent University School of Law, founded by televangelist Pat Robertson. Both those schools are in Virginia.

The Louisiana College law school will be named for Judge Paul Pressler, a leader in the conservative takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention over the last few decades. He served in Texas on the state's district court and appeals court.

Louisiana College, founded in 1906, is run by trustees chosen by the Louisiana Baptist Convention and requires faculty members accept Christ as their savior.

Joe Aguillard, college president, announced the plans in an Aug. 16 news conference. Creating the school could cost more than $15 million.

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