The Louisiana bar exam consists of nine parts, administered over the course of three days. Louisiana is one of two United States jurisdictions (along with Puerto Rico) that does not administer the Multistate Bar Examination. The Louisiana bar exam primarily consists of essay questions but may include multiple choice questions.
Louisiana’s nine-part bar examination consists of the following components:
Civil Code I
Civil Code II
Civil Code III
Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure
business entities and negotiable instruments
criminal law, procedure, and evidence
federal jurisdiction and procedure
For more information on the format of the Louisiana bar exam, and for sample Louisiana bar exam questions, please visit the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions’ website.
Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)
A passing score on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is also required to become a licensed Louisiana attorney. The MPRE tests an examinee’s knowledge of the ethics rules related to the practice of law. According to the NCBE, the purpose of the MPRE is to “measure examinees' knowledge and understanding of established standards related to the professional conduct of lawyers.”
The MPRE’s questions are largely based on the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct, but the MPRE also covers relevant court decisions as well as procedural and evidentiary rules.
The MPRE consists of 60 multiple choice questions—50 scored questions and 10 unscored questions. Each question on the MPRE is followed by four possible answer options. You’ll have two hours to complete the exam.
The MPRE is offered three times per year, typically in March, August, and November. Be sure to register early—the regular registration fee is $135, but the late registration fee is $220.
The MPRE is scored on a scale that ranges from 50 to 100. Louisiana requires a minimum-passing MPRE score of 80.