Louisiana Bar Exam Information

Louisiana Bar Exam Information


Louisiana Committee on Bar Admissions
2800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 310
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 836-24201

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Subjects and Topics Tested

The Louisiana bar exam is divided into two parts.  Part one tests 9 subjects of locally drafted laws. Part 2 consists of the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)

Part 1 – Code Subjects

  • Civil Code I
  • Civil Code II
  • Civil Code III
  • Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure
  • Torts

Part 1 – Non-Code Subjects

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

Application Filing Deadlines and Fees

July 2017 Exam
Filing Deadline: February 1
Late Filing Deadline: May 15

February 2018 Exam
Filing Deadline: November 1
Late Filing Deadline: December 15

Application Fees
Non-attorneys: $750
Attorneys: $875
Repeaters: $875

Laptop Fee: $125

Scoring and Grading

To pass Part 1 of the Louisiana Bar Exam, an exam taker must achieve a weighted score of 650 out of 900 points. Each subject is worth 100 points. Code subjects are weighted twice as heavily as non-Code subjects.

Total score = (0.75 x sum of 4 Non-Code scores) + (1.20 x sum of 5 Code scores).

Passing the MPRE requires a score of at least 80.

Bar Exam Dates

The Louisiana bar exam is administered twice per year – once in February and once in July.

Upcoming Exams

2017: July 24, 26, 28

Bar Exam Results

Louisiana bar exam results are typically released approximately 5-6 weeks after the February exam, and 8-9 weeks after the July exam.

Bar Exam Format

The Louisiana bar exam consists of two Parts. Part 1 is tested over the course of 3 days. Part 2 (the MPRE) is tested separately.

Day 1
Session 1 (2 hours): Tests Civil Code I.
Session 2 (2 hours): Tests Civil Code II.
Session 3 (3 hours): Tests Civil Code III.

Day 2
Session 1 (2 hours): Tests Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure
Session 2 (2 hours): Tests Torts
Session 3 (3 hours): Tests Business Entities and Negotiable Instruments

Day 3
Session 1 (2 hours): Tests Constitutional Law
Session 2 (2.5 hours): Tests Criminal Law, Procedure and Evidence
Session 3 (3 hours): Tests Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure

Reciprocity

The Louisiana Bar does not allow admission on motion or by transfer of a Multistate exam score.

Jurisdiction rules and policies change. Be sure to consult the jurisdiction’s bar admission agency directly for the most current info.

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