The Louisiana Bar Exam
|Upcoming Registration Dates||November 1, 2018 (February 2019 exam); February 1, 2019 (July 2019 exam)|
|Recent Pass Rates||61% (February 2017); 72% (July 2017)|
The Louisiana bar exam assesses whether an examinee is competent to practice law in the State of Louisiana. Passing the bar exam is an essential step in becoming a lawyer in Louisiana. Read on to learn more about the Louisiana bar exam.
Louisiana Bar Exam Format
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 $95, but the late registration fee is $190.
The MPRE is scored on a scale that ranges from 50 to 100. Louisiana requires a minimum-passing MPRE score of 80.
Louisiana Bar Exam Information
Below is a list of useful information for Louisiana bar examinees:
The Louisiana bar exam is a three-day exam and is offered twice a year. The February 2019 exam will take place on February 25, February 27, and March 1. The July 2019 exam will take place on July 22, July 24, and July 26. The Louisiana bar exam is typically administered in New Orleans. For more information on dates and locations, please see the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions' website.
Registration Filing Deadlines
The regular deadline for registering for the February 2019 bar exam in Louisiana is November 1, 2018. The regular deadline for the July 2019 exam is February 1, 2019. For more details on these deadlines, please see the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions' website.
The regular application fee for the Louisiana bar exam is $875. For more details on fees, visit the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions' website.
February bar examination results are available approximately five to six weeks after administration of the exam. July bar examination results are available approximately eight to nine weeks after administration of the exam. Results are posted publicly on the Louisiana Supreme Court's website.
The Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions is the organization responsible for overseeing admission to the bar in Louisiana. It is through this board that you will register for the bar exam, receive exam information, and obtain your score.
2800 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Suite 310
Metairie, LA 70002
Phone: (504) 830-5463
News and information about the Louisiana bar exam can be found on the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions' website.