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October 2011

Chancellor Weiss Reacts to Louisiana Bar Exam Changes
October 25, 2011

On October 19, 2011, the Supreme Court of Louisiana entered an order adopting compensatory scoring of the Louisiana bar examination effective with the July, 2012 administration of the exam.

A more far reaching proposal to revise the structure of the Louisiana bar examination remains pending before the Court. This “long term” plan would, among other changes, introduce a substantial element of multiple choice testing into the Louisiana bar examination. 

For many years, an applicant for admission to the practice of law in Louisiana has been required to achieve a passing score of 70 or better on seven of the nine separate tests comprising the Louisiana Bar Exam and on four of the five Louisiana Civil Law tests.  Compensatory scoring looks instead to the applicant’s aggregate score across all of the separate tests and allows a high score on one test to “compensate” for a low score on another test.

Under the plan adopted by the Supreme Court, the...


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LSU Law Students Achieve State’s Highest Passage Rate on July 2011 Bar Exam
October 7, 2011

LSU Law Center students achieved the highest passage rate among all examinees on the latest Louisiana State Bar Exam, according to results released today by the Committee on Bar Admissions of the Supreme Court of Louisiana.

LSU Law students continued their traditional first place passage rate, with 86.5 percent of examinees receiving passing scores on the July administration of the Bar.  In all, 164 LSU Law Center students took the exam, and 142 successfully passed the Bar.

The 2011 exam marks the 22nd time in the past 23 years (for which data are available) in which LSU Law graduates have compiled the highest passage rate on the Louisiana Bar Exam.

“The overall pass rate of LSU Law students on the State Bar Examination is once again the highest in the state, and our 86.5% passage rate is high by any measure,” stated Chancellor Jack Weiss. “This year’s impressive performance is a tribute both to the Class of 2011 and to the dedication of our outstanding...


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Class of 2012 Continues Hats ‘n Canes Tradition
October 5, 2011

On Saturday, October 1, the Class of 2012 continued with a tradition that began in 1930, the annual Hats ‘n Canes celebration.  The graduating class gathered on the front steps of the Old Law Building sporting black top hops and carrying black canes, as Vice Chancellor Cheney Joseph toasted the class using the cane of the Law School’s first dean, Joseph Kelly.  In another nod to tradition, 3L President Robert Elliot Duhon had the distinct honor of wearing the black top hat that belonged to the namesake of the LSU Law Center, Dean Paul M. Hebert.

In the earliest years of Hats ‘n Canes, seniors carried black canes with curved handles and silver bands engraved with the student’s name, year of graduation, and the words, “The LSU Law School.” A Reveille article announcing the 1930 event stated, “Walking canes will be carried, flourished, and brandished” [as a] “badge to distinguish law seniors.” 

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