Louisiana

Bar Exam Information

Louisiana bar exam format, subjects, scoring, pass rates, and dates. Comprehensive resources to help pass the Louisiana Bar Exam.

Louisiana Bar Exam Format

The Louisiana Bar Exam is administered over three days.

Day 1

The state portion of the exam is administered on the first, second, and third days of the Louisiana bar exam. The state portion of the bar exam consists of the Louisiana questions in some combination of essay, short answer, and multiple choice format. On day one, you will have two, two-hour sessions and one, three-hour session to answer questions regarding each of three Code subjects, respectively.

Day 2

On day two, you will have two, two-hour sessions and one, three-hour session to answer questions regarding two Code subjects and one Non-Code subject, respectively.

Day 3

On day three, you will have one, two-hour session; one two and one-half hours session; and one, three-hour session to answer questions regarding three Non-Code subjects, respectively.

Exam Dates

  • February 25, 27, and March 01, 2019
  • July 22, 24, 26, 2019

Louisiana Bar Admissions

Louisiana Committee on Bar Admissions
2800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 310
Metairie, LA 70002

Louisiana MPRE Scores

Louisiana requires bar exam applicants to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE”). You must score 80 or higher on the MPRE in order to pass in Louisiana.

Scoring/Grading and Results

In order to pass the Louisiana bar exam, you must score at least 650 of 900 points. Each of the nine subjects is worth 100 raw points. The Code subjects carry twice the weight of Non-Code subjects. This is the formula for calculating the score:
Total score = (1.20 x sum of 5 Code scores) + (0.75 x sum of 4 Non-Code scores)
Louisiana makes bar exam results available approximately five to six weeks after the February exam and eight to nine weeks after the July exam.

Reciprocity

Louisiana does not provide for admission on motion or by transfer of any multistate exam score.

Louisiana Bar Exam Subjects

Code Subjects

In their sequence tested, the five Code subjects are:

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

 

Non-Code Subjects

In their sequence tested, the five Code subjects are:

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