Bar Information

General Information: The Library has developed a directory containing information regarding the state bar examination of each state. To find information on admission to any state bar, including links to the relevant state websites, click here to go to that directory: http://libguides.law.lsu.edu/statebarexam.

Standard 504 of the American Bar Association requires us to notify you that:

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

State-Specific Course Guides: Course guides for the state bar exams in the states other than Louisiana where our graduates most commonly seek licensing immediately following graduation are linked immediately below. Louisiana bar admission information follows.

Louisiana Bar Admission: Applicants for admission to the Louisiana Bar must have good moral character. Good moral character includes honesty, trustworthiness and other traits relating to the role of a lawyer in society and the legal system. Admission is contingent on the accuracy of information received. Failure to fully disclose information may result in the revocation of an admission offer or in disciplinary action by the Law Center or Bar disciplinary authorities.

The requisites for admission to the practice of law in Louisiana as prescribed by the Supreme Court may be found in Rule XVII of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Louisiana. Under the provisions of the present rule, graduates of the Law Center are required to score 80 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) and pass the Louisiana State Bar Examination to gain admission to practice in Louisiana. Students must successfully complete the Legal Profession (LAW 5721) prior to sitting for the MPRE. More information about the MPRE may be found at www.ncbex.org.

The rules for admission to the Louisiana State Bar require that law students who are prospective applicants must participate in the Law Student Registration Program administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). The student must submit an application and fee to the NCBE no later than October 1 of the second year of law school. Students should keep a copy of this completed form for future reference. Once an application is received, the NCBE will conduct a character-and-fitness investigation and submit a preliminary report to the Louisiana Committee on Bar Admissions. The NCBE forms from the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions are available online at www.lascba.org. Different states may require character-and-fitness investigations prior to admission to the State Bar. Please contact the appropriate State Bar for information.

Applicants for the bar examination who have participated in the Law Student Registration Program must submit a supplemental report to the Committee on Bar Admissions on a form provided by the NCBE on or before February 1 for the July bar exam, or on or before November 1 for the February bar exam. Once completed, forms are returned to: Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions, 2800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 310, Metairie, LA. 70002, with a fee made payable to National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Different states may require character-and-fitness investigations prior to admission to the State Bar. Please contact the appropriate state bar admission authority for information.

Louisiana Bar Course Guidance: The two columns below outline the various sections of the Louisiana Bar exam and indicate which LSU Law courses correspond most significantly with the subject-matter coverage of that section of the exam. A complete course list follows.

Bar Designation LSU Courses
Civil Code I
  • Civil Law Property (5006) (1L)
  • Family Law: The Law of Persons and the Family (5208)
  • Matrimonial Regimes (5202)
  • Conflict of Laws (5705)
Civil Code II
  • Successions (5703)
  • Conflict of Laws (5705)
Civil Code III
  • Civil Law Property (5006) (1L) (Possession and Prescription)
  • Obligations (5002) (1L)
  • Sales and Real Estate (5204)
  • Louisiana Security Devices Survey (5707)
  • Security Devices (5704)
  • Conflict of Laws (5705)
Torts
  • Torts (5003) (1L)
  • Conflict of Laws (5705)
Business Entities and Negotiable Instruments
  • Payment Systems (5304)
  • Business Associations I (5300)
  • Business Associations II (5301)
La. Code of Civil Procedure
  • La. Civil Procedure I (5701)
  • La. Civil Procedure II (5702)
Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Law I (5008) (1L)
  • Constitutional Law II (5421)
Criminal Law, Procedure and Evidence
  • Criminal Law (5009) (1L)
  • Administration of Criminal Justice I (5010) (1L)
  • Administration of Criminal Justice II (5401)
  • Evidence (5605) (required course)
Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure
  • Basic Civil Procedure I (5007) (1L)
  • Federal Courts (5603)
Professional Responsibility [on MPRE]
  • The Legal Profession (5721) (required course)

The following is an alphabetical list of the courses designated above:

Administration of Criminal Justice I (5010) (1L)
Administration of Criminal Justice II (5401)
Basic Civil Procedure I (5007) (1L)
Business Associations I (5300)
Business Associations II (5301)
Civil Law Property (5006) (1L)
Conflict of Laws (5705)
Constitutional Law I (5008) (1L)
Constitutional Law II (5421)
Criminal Law (5009) (1L)
Evidence (5605) (required course)
Family Law: The Law of Persons and the Family (5208)
Federal Courts (5603)
Legal Profession, The (5721) (required course)
Louisiana Civil Procedure I (5701)
Louisiana Civil Procedure II (5702)
Louisiana Security Devices Survey (5707)*
Matrimonial Regimes (5202)
Obligations (5002) (1L)
Payment Systems (5304)
Sales and Real Estate (5204)
Security Devices (5704)*
Successions (5703)
Torts (5003) (1L)

* Students cannot take both Security Devices (5704) and Louisiana Security Devices Survey (5707) due to overlapping content.

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