Ultimate Guide to Louisiana State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to Louisiana bar exam prep.

Pass Rates · Format · Schedule · Dates · Location · Application Fees & Deadlines · What to Bring · Scores & Grading · Results · Reciprocity · Law Schools · Groups · Other Resources

*Updated June 2020

louisiana bar

Louisiana State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The Louisiana Bar Association was started in 1929. Membership is mandatory for lawyers practicing in the state of Louisiana.

Louisiana is not a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) state. Louisiana has its own bar exam with essay questions and some multiple choice questions. Louisiana requires the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

Louisiana State Bar Exam Pass Rates

February 2020 (214 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 57%
First-Time Pass Rate: 58%
Repeat Pass Rate: 56%

February 2019 (232 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 57%
First-Time Pass Rate: 67%
Repeat Pass Rate: 49%

July 2019 (503 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 68%
First-Time Pass Rate: 75%
Repeat Pass Rate: 28%

July 2018 (543 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 69%
First-Time Pass Rate: 76%
Repeat Pass Rate: 25%

Louisiana Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the Louisiana Bar?

The Louisiana bar is administered twice a year in Louisiana (in February and July). The examination is administered over three days, seven hours per day. The Louisiana bar has essay questions and some multiple choice question covering nine different topics.

Nine-Part Exam

The Louisiana bar has nine topics. Each area has essays and multiple choice questions.

  • Civil Code I
  • Civil Code II
  • Civil Code III
  • Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure
  • Torts
  • Business Entities
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law, Procedure and Evidence
  • Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure

Learn more here.

What’s the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination?

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) tests your understanding of established standards of conduct for lawyers. The MPRE is administered three times each year (in March, August, and November). The test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and is two hours long. Check out this MPRE Tips video!

Upcoming Bar Exam Schedule, Dates, Location

Schedule

Morning Afternoon Evening
Day 1 Civil Code 1 Civil Procedure Const. Law
Day 2 Civil Code 2 Torts Criminal Law
Day 3 Civil Code 3 Business Entities Fed. Procedure

Dates

  • July 20, 22, 24, 2020
  • February 8, 10, 12 2021

Location

Louisiana Bar Exam Application

Are you interested in taking the Louisiana State bar exam? Here’s some basic information on applying to take the Louisiana bar exam.

The Louisiana Bar exam fee is $875 for most takers. Law students pay a $125 law student registration fee, and later a $750 bar exam fee. There is a late fee of $750.

*Visit the Louisiana State Bar’s website for more information.

If you desire to take the bar exam in February, the application opens on September 1 and you should submit your application by November 1. If you desire to take the bar exam in July, the application opens on December 1 and you should submit your application by February 1. If you do not file by these deadlines, you will pay a $750 late fee.

In addition to passing the Louisiana bar exam with a score of at least 650 out of 900, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in Louisiana, including:

  1. Score 80 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame.
  2. Certificate from Committee of Character and Fitness
  3. Pass background check and be fingerprinted
  4. Complete Dean’s Certification form

Louisiana State Bar Admissions Office

Physical address:
LASCBA
2800 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Suite 340
Metairie, LA 70002

 

Phone: (504) 830-5463
Fax: (504) 834-1449
Email: Bar Application help: dleeper@lascba.org
Admission help: rlorig@lascba.org
Technical questions: webmaster@lascba.org

Louisiana Bar Exam: What to Bring

Allowed Items

  • Clear gallon size bag
  • Government-issued photo I.D.
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • Earplugs
  • Pens, pencils, and erasers
  • Medication and medical items
  • Facial tissue
  • Non-digital watch
  • One clear plastic bottle of water per exam session, the contents must also be clear

Prohibited items

  • Any item that can connect to the internet
  • Any item that can record audio or video
  • Backpacks
  • Books
  • Briefcases
  • Computer sleeves
  • Calculators
  • Cameras
  • Notes
  • Phones
  • Food or drink
  • Purses
  • Radios
  • Rulers
  • Scratch papers
  • Study materials
  • Watches

More information here.

Louisiana Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the bar in Louisiana is 650 out of 900. The nine parts of the exam are all weighted separately.
Learn more here.

*A passing score for the MPRE in Louisiana is 80/150.

Louisiana Bar Exam Results

View pass lists, posted on Louisiana bar examiner’s website:

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Louisiana bar exam results released?

Louisiana bar exam results are usually posted six to nine weeks after the exam date.

Can I see my Louisiana bar exam score?

If you passed the Louisiana bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score. If you failed the exam, you will be notified of your score on each section.

Can I appeal to have my Louisiana bar exam re-graded?

No. Essays are automatically re-graded if you are close to passing.

How many times can I take the bar exam in Louisiana?

You can take the Louisiana bar without limit.

Louisiana Bar Exam Reciprocity

Louisiana has no reciprocity with any other state. You must take the Louisiana bar to be admitted as a lawyer in Louisiana.

Law Schools in Louisiana

Here’s a list of law schools in Louisiana.

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

  • Founded: 1914
  • Located: New Orleans, LA
  • Enrollment: about 500
  • Tuition Cost: $46,752 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 76%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.loyno.edu

Paul M. Herbert Law Center (Louisiana State University)

  • Founded: 1906
  • Located: Baton Rouge, LA
  • Enrollment: about 575
  • Tuition Cost: $23,672 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 83%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.lsu.edu

Southern University Law Center (Southern University)

  • Founded: 1947
  • Located: Baton Rouge, LA
  • Enrollment: about 675
  • Tuition Cost: $29,914 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 63%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: sulc.edu

Tulane University Law School