Louisiana Bar Exam

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Louisiana Committee on Bar Admissions

2800 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Suite 310
Metairie, LA 70002

Telephone: (504) 836-2420 or (800) 314-1530

Website: www.lascba.org


BAR EXAM DATES

The Louisiana Bar Exam is administered on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday in a week of February and July.

Winter 2016: February 15, 17, & 19

Summer 2016: July 25, 27, & 29


BAR EXAM FORMAT

The Louisiana Bar Exam is a three-day exam including nine separate essay exams over Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Five code essay exams test on the Louisiana Civil Code and the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure. The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) is not used.


SUBJECTS TESTED


Code Subject Essays:

  • Civil Code I (Persons, Community Property, Property and Acquisitive Prescription)
  • Civil Code II (Successions, Donations and Trusts)
  • Civil Code III (Liberative Prescription, Obligations, Contracts, Security Rights, Sales, Leases and other Civil Code Book III topics)
  • Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure
  • Torts

Non-Code Subject Essays:

  • Business Entities and Negotiable Instruments
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law, Procedure and Evidence
  • Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure

MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)

A scaled score of 80 on the MPRE is required for admission.


FILING FEES AND DEADLINES

Regular filing deadline for February is November 1.*

Regular filing deadline for July is February 1.*

Late filing deadline for February is December 15.

Late filing deadline for July is May 15.

*See Supreme Court Rule XVII and Committee website for details. Subject to change.

Exam Fee for first time applicants who participated in the Law Student Registration program: $750

A student who attended a Louisiana ABA accredited law school and did not particpate in the Law Student Registration program will incur a late Law School

Registration fee: $300.00

Exam Fee for all other applicants and reapplicants: $875

Late Fee: additional fee of $750


GRADING AND RESULTS

Each of the nine essays is worth 100 points. A total score of 650 out of 900 must be achieved. Code subjects carry twice the weight of Non-Code subjects. Applicants who earn a total weighted score of 650 out of a possible 900 will pass the exam.

Results are generally released in mid-April for February exam and early to mid-October for July exam.


RECIPROCITY

Admission on Motion: Louisiana does not provide for admission on motion. Examination is required of all applicants.


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