The Louisiana Bar Exam
Structure, Topics, Dates, Cost, Scores, and Eligibility

The Louisiana Bar Examination is the longest bar exam in the US and is administered by The Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions (LASCBA). Louisiana is one of the few remaining states to have not adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE®) and one of the only two jurisdictions that have not adopted the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE®). The unique format and content of the LA Bar Exam make it evermore important to understand exactly what to expect.

Fortunately, this article does exactly that. Read on and learn everything you need to know about Louisiana Bar Exam pass rates, application deadlines, eligibility requirements, reciprocity, score transfer, fees, subjects, format, and more.

Louisiana Bar Exam Structure

The Louisiana Bar Exam structure consists of two parts administered over three days:

  • Part 1: A nine-subject written exam that may include some multiple choice questions.
  • Part 2: 60-question, 2-hour long Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE®) measuring one's knowledge and understanding of standards of professional conduct.

Exam days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Each day consists of three tests. The schedule is as follows:

  Schedule 1
(8 am -10 am)
Schedule 2
(10:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Schedule 3
(2 pm - 5 pm)
Monday Civil Code I Civil Code II Civil Code III
Wednesday LA Code of Civil Procedure Torts Business Entities
Friday Constitutional Law Criminal Law, Procedure & Evidence Federal Jurisdiction & Procedure

The Committee refers to the MPRE as "Part II" of the bar exam on its website. However, you must register for MPRE and release your score to Louisiana separately, as the exam is administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE®).

Louisiana Bar Exam Dates, Requirements, and Scheduling

Aside from saving you stress, preparing your application for the Louisiana Bar Exam and submitting it before the first filing deadline will also save you from paying an $850 late filing fee—that’s double the cost of timely filing. See below for important deadlines, dates, and fees.

Exam Dates

Louisiana law students must register in the Law Student Registration Program (LSR) and complete their online "NCBE Character Report Application" in the fall (August 1 - October 1) of their second year of law school through the LASCBA website. In the third year of law school, applicants must request a "Preparation of Character Report from the NCBE" and complete the "Louisiana-Specific Criminal Background Form."

LA law students who fail to register for the LSR on time must pay a $350 fee and will have to file as first-time applicants rather than as Louisiana law students. First-time applicants must register and prepare all the same documents and applications except for the LSR. Failure to meet the timely filing registration deadline will result in an $850 late filing fee for all applicants.

See the following table for all application filing periods and deadlines.

Deadline to Register for the Louisiana Bar Exam 2024
Filing Periods February 19, 21, 23, 2024 July 22, 24, 26, 2024
First Filing Period September 1, 2023 to November 2, 2023 December 1, 2023 to February 1, 2024
Late Filing Period November 3, 2023 to December 15, 2023 February 2, 2024 to May 15, 2024
Re-application Period September 1, 2023 to December 15, 2023 Dec. 1, 2023 to May 15, 2024

Those who fail the LA Bar Exam can re-apply within the reapplication period but must submit a new NCBE Application for Character Report if their former report is over two years old.


To be eligible to sit for the LA Bar Exam, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a JD from a law school approved by the American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Be deemed of sound moral character and fit to practice law via the NCBE Character Report Application and the Louisiana-Specific Criminal Background Form
  • Complete a request for Dean Certification 45 days before your bar exam appointment


To schedule your Louisiana Bar Exam appointment, you must create a LASCBA account and select your desired exam administration. You must also submit your Louisiana-Specific Criminal Background Form and your NCBE Character Report Application.

Louisiana Bar Exam Cost and Fees

Fees and costs associated with registering for the Louisiana Bar Exam vary depending on the examinee's status (in-state law student, first-time applicant, in-house counsel, etc.) and the date by which they file. Below is a detailed and up-to-date list of exam-related fees.

Application Fees
LA Law Students $850
First Time Apps $975
Re-Applicants $975
Foreign Educated $975
In-House Counsel $975
Other Application Fees
LA-Criminal Background Check $39.25
Fingerprinting  $10
Equivalency Application (Foreign Educated) $300
Law School Registration (2nd year) $150
Character and Fitness
(JB/LL.B will be awarded in over 1 year)
Character and Fitness
(JB/LL.B will be awarded in under 1 year)
Character and Fitness
(JB/LL.B will be awarded in under 1 year)
Character and Fitness
(Law degree not obtained in US)
Late Fees
Law Student Registration $350
Bar Exam App.  $875

Payment Policies

Application fees are made through your LASCBA application portal. Fingerprint and background fees must be made by money order, cashier’s check, or business check. Character and Fitness Application fees are handled by the NCBE.

Cost-Saving Options

When all is said and done, costs for taking the Louisiana Bar Exam can easily exceed a thousand dollars. Fortunately, there are cost-saving options available. For example, Southern University Law Center offers incoming first-year students scholarships based on their undergraduate records and other factors. If you aren't an incoming first-year student, there are still a number of scholarships granted to students every year.

Louisiana Bar Exam Subjects and Topics

The Louisiana Bar Exam covers nine subjects, over half of which involve Civil Code. See below for a brief outline of what each subject covers.

Code Essay Subjects

Civil Code Subjects
Civil Code I Persons and family law
Civil Code II Interstate distribution
Civil Code III Code and related Ancillaries
Louisiana Code of
Civil Procedure
Any part of the Code of Civil Procedure
Torts Areas of questions on Civil Code Articles

Non-Code Essay Subjects

Business Entities and Negotiable Instruments  Provisions of the Louisiana Revised Statutes and the Louisiana Civil Code in relation to business entities
Constitutional Law Constitutional areas that are commonly encountered over the course of one's legal career in Louisiana
Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence Questioning on substantive criminal law and procedure
Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure  Jurisdiction of federal courts, the federal judicial system, and the law governing proceedings in such courts

Louisiana Bar Exam Scoring/Grading

The Louisiana Bar Exam is graded by anonymous members of the Louisiana Bar who are appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court. Each one of the nine tests contained in the written exam is worth 100 raw points. Exams 1-5 (code exams) are worth twice the weight of exams 6-9 (non-code exams).

You must earn a total minimum weighted score of 650 out of 900 to pass. This does not mean that you can earn 65 out of 100 on each test and pass. Remember, code exams are double the weight, so your raw score on these subjects will comprise a higher percentage of your total score.

Louisiana MPRE Minimum Passing Score

Before you can practice law in Louisiana, you must also pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE®) with a minimum score of 80. The MPRE features 60 multiple-choice questions administered over two hours. Check out our article, About the MPRE, to learn more about the mandatory exam.

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Louisiana Bar Exam Results and Pass Rates

As is typical with bar exams across the country, the Louisiana Bar Exam's repeater pass rate is markedly lower than the first-timer pass rate. This phenomenon is likely because many examinees who failed the first time haven't changed their study habits significantly.

Exam Overall
Pass Rate
Pass Rate
Pass Rate
Release Date
July 2023 70% 75% 40% October 6
Feb. 2023 42% 49% 38% April 21

Below are the annual pass rates for the LA Bar Exam since 2017, divided into first-time examinees and repeaters:

Exam First Timers Repeaters Overall
Year No Of Candidates Pass Rate No. Of Candidates Pass Rate No. Of Candidates Pass Rate
2022 485 73% 131 31% 616 64%
2021 630 74% 195 35% 825 64%
2020 201 60% 283 52% 484 55%
2019 540 74% 195 41% 735 65%
2018 592 75% 198 40% 790 66%
2017 561 77% 254 50% 815 68%

Louisiana Bar Exam Results

Louisiana typically releases bar exam results 2-3 months following the administration of an exam and posts them to the Louisiana Supreme Court website.

What Makes the Louisiana Bar Exam Unique?

Louisiana requires second-year Louisiana law students to register for the LSR program and submit a Request for Preparation of Character Report through the NCBE. Students who fail to register must apply to the Louisiana Bar Exam as first-time applicants. Furthermore, Louisiana has not adopted the UBE or any of its components.

Louisiana Bar Exam for Foreigners

Foreigners may sit for the Louisiana Bar Exam. Applicants that have graduated from non-US law schools must submit an application of equivalency determination to the Committee no later than August 1 or December 1 for the February or July exam, respectively. Furthermore, they must prove that they have successfully completed at least 14 semester hours in any of the following subjects at an ABA-approved law school:

  • Constitutional Law, Contracts
  • Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure
  • Corporations or Business Organization
  • Evidence
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Louisiana Civil Procedure
  • Louisiana Family Law
  • Louisiana Obligations Law
  • Louisiana Successions
  • Donations Trusts
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Property
  • Sales and Lease
  • Security Rights
  • Taxation
  • Torts

Final Takeaways

There are significant differences between civil law and common law in Louisiana and the rest of the US due to influences rooted in its former occupation by Spain and France. The "civilian" tradition is still apparent in aspects of Louisiana criminal law and private law. These historical influences have made the Louisiana Bar Exam one of the most unique of any US jurisdiction. For example, Louisiana is only one of two jurisdictions that have not adopted the MBE, the other is Puerto Rico.

Contact Details of the Louisiana State Bar

If you have any questions, you can contact the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions using the information below.

Ohio Board of Bar Examiners Contact Information



Phone Number


Fax Number



[email protected]


The Committee on Bar Admissions
2800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 340
Metairie, LA 70002

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Louisiana Bar Exam FAQs

To take the bar exam in Louisiana you must have a Juris Doctorate (JD) from an ABA-accredited law school and be deemed of sound moral character and fit to practice law.
The bar exam in Louisiana is the longest bar exam in the US. It spans three days and contains 21 hours of testing time.
The fee to apply for the Louisiana Bar Exam is $875. Applications must be submitted by May 15 and December 15 for the February and July exam, respectively.
The Louisiana Bar Exam is difficult due to the fact that Louisiana law has been heavily influenced by its occupation by the French and Spanish. Louisiana has not adopted any components of the UBE, and it is the longest bar exam in the US.
It takes approximately 400 hours to study for the LA Bar Exam. Most students begin studying 8-10 weeks out. However, beginning sooner can increase retention and decrease burnout, so we recommend starting as early as 4-6 months out, if possible.
The minimum passing score for Louisiana is 650 out of 900.
Applicants can only take the Louisiana Bar Exam five times.
It costs $975 to retake the Louisiana Bar Exam.
Louisiana does not offer reciprocity. You cannot be admitted to the Louisiana Bar without taking the LA Bar Exam.
You must obtain a law degree to be admitted to the Louisiana Bar.
You cannot be admitted to the Louisiana Bar without examination.
Foreigners may sit for the LA Bar Exam if their legal education is commensurate with the standards set by the Committee and they have taken 14 semester hours of ABA-approved courses.
To become a licensed attorney in Louisiana, you must go to law school, pass the bar exam and the MPRE, and be deemed of good moral character and fit to practice law.
To request special accommodation for the Louisiana Bar Exam, you must fill out the Applicant Request for Test Accommodations after receipt of all required information in your primary application.
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