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About John Randall Trahan

Professor Trahan received his J.D. with high honors from Louisiana State University in 1989, where he was the Articles Editor of the Law Review and a member of The Order of the Coif. Before joining the LSU Law Center faculty in 1995, he served as a law clerk to the late Judge Alvin B. Rubin of the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, for one year and then practiced law with the firm Phelps Dunbar in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for five years. A “civil law” specialist, he presently teaches Persons & Family, Property, Security Devices, and Successions & Donations and has taught Western Legal Traditions, Obligations, and Matrimonial Regimes, and is co-author, with Professor Kenneth Murchison, of Western Legal Traditions & Systems: Louisiana Impact, the textbook used in the Western Legal Traditions course. He participates actively in law reform work as a member of the Persons Committee of the Louisiana State Law Institute and regularly lectures at the “Recent Developments” seminars put on by the Louisiana Center of Continuing Professional Development.


Present Louis B. Porterie Professor of Law and Saul Litvinoff Distinguished Professor of Law, Louisiana State University Law Center

Curriculum Vitae


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  • Persons & Family
  • Property
  • Security Devices
  • Successions & Donations
  • Natural Law

Contact Information

John Randall Trahan
Louis B. Porterie Professor of Law and Saul Litvinoff Distinguished Professor of Law
Paul M. Hebert Law Center
1 E. Campus Dr.
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Office: 328