Ms. Lucy S. McGough

Professor Emerita, Law School
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
United States

Focus Areas

Higher Education
Youth Development
Adoption / Foster Care


Lucy S. McGough is the Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law Emerita at Louisiana State University. She still teaches there. She previously was Dean of the Appalachian School of Law. She received her J.D. with Distinction in 1966 from Emory University Law School and was elected to the Bryan Society (Order of the Coif). She received her LL.M. in 1971 from Harvard University School of Law. She has taught at Louisiana State University for over 30 years. While at LSU, she taught Criminal Justice I, Family Law, Trusts & Estates, Juvenile Law Seminar and occasionally Mediation. She co-taught the Juvenile Defense Representation Clinic at LSU in which third-year law students represent real juveniles in the East Baton Rouge Juvenile Court. She was engaged in work in connection with the LSU’s MacArthur Foundation grant to create a model juvenile defense clinic that can be adapted by other American law schools. While at LSU, she has been very active in law reform work, serving among other responsibilities, as the Reporter of the Children’s Code Advisory Committee to the State Law Institute and as a member of the State Public Defender Board. Professor McGough is also involved in law school accreditation activities. She previously sat as a member of the ABA Law School Accreditation Committee and the ABA Committee charged with producing a new set of accreditation standards for American law schools. Professor McGough authored or co-authored over 10 books and 49 law review articles. She currently serves as the chair of a legislative task force to strengthen laws and services for victims of human trafficking.