By: Patrick Schmidt


Do you know Joe Soup? Joe Cooper is a man of many quirks, but his insatiable thirst for soup, which earned him his moniker, may top the list of peculiarities. He has been known to eat two bowls of soup in the morning. He eats two bowls of soup at night. He eats two bowls of soup in the afternoon because it makes him feel all right.


Classification: 2L

Section: 1

Hometown: Alcoa, Tennessee (right outside of Knoxville)

Relationship Status: Single


Q: What attracted you to LSU?

A: I got in. I applied to every SEC school wanting to continue the party for another 3 years and LSU is the place that said ok.


Q: What is the biggest difference between Tennessee and LSU?

A: Here at LSU it’s completely acceptable to be hammered by 12. While at Tennessee, it’s not like you can’t do that, it’s just definitely frowned upon.


Q: What advice would you give your 1L self?

A: Just quit. Give up now. You will save yourself a lot of heartbreak.


Q: What has been your favorite thing in law school so far?

A: By far, Barrister’s Bowl and the auction that follows.


Q: What is your favorite place in Baton Rouge?

A: That is actually a toss-up between Chuck E. Cheese and the Penthouse.


Q: Why choose Joe over other names?

A: Honestly I am just not that creative.


Q: How would you describe yourself as a football player?

A: I would say that I am a young Ray Lewis with the athleticism of Pablo Sanchez from backyard baseball.


Q: Why is the purple team going to win the Barrister’s Bowl this year?

A: It all comes down to administration. With Jack Zeringue as our head coach, our chief, we could probably take on the Tennessee Titans this year.


Q: Make the case to me why soccer is entertaining to watch and not completely and utterly boring outside of the World Cup?

A: It is really one of those things; if you get, you get it. If you don’t get it, you don’t get it.


Q: What was your favorite Halloween costume growing up?

A: I wouldn’t say it was my favorite Halloween costume. But one time I woke up in the middle of the night, went to my bathroom, covered myself in toothpaste and thought that I was the white ranger.


Q: Blondes/brunettes/redheads?

A: Redheads, easy.


Q: What does your Sunday look like after attending a GIF and tailgating?

A: It’s the back of my eyelids. I crawl into my room and I don’t leave. Or I’ll sleep in late, go to brunch, and keep the ball rolling.


Q: How would you describe your sense of style?

A: I get up in the morning, I get dressed, and I look in the mirror. I ask myself if I look like someone’s father today and if the answer is yes, I am ready to leave the house.


Q: You are lost on an island. You can have one book, one movie, and one food. What are they?

A: Inferno by Dan Brown. The Grand Budapest Hotel, they actually won a bunch of awards for best score. New England Clam Chowder…really any type of soup.


Q: What incident led to the Joe Soup name?

A: I was at George’s and there were two options for soup. One was a crab and corn chowder and the other was something that just looked good. I was like you know what, I’ll just have both. I also recently just found out my grandfather is a fellow soup enthusiast so I guess it just runs in the family.


Q: What type of law do you want to pursue?

A: Crooked…just kidding. Maybe some criminal law, I am really up for anything. I could definitely see myself like a Lincoln Lawyer type.


Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: Either in jail or the governor of Louisiana, but I heard those aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive.



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