LSU Law Achieves State’s Highest Passage Rate on February 2009 Bar Exam

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

LSU Law students continued their traditional first place passage rate, with 82.5 percent of examinees receiving passing scores on the February 2009 administration of the Bar. In all, 40 LSU Law Center students took the exam and 33 successfully passed the Bar.

“The consistent success of LSU Law graduates on the Louisiana State Bar Exam continues to reflect well on our tradition of demanding yet personal legal education,” said Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. “This is more good news following the recent 2010 U.S. News & World Report rankings where we posted a 13-point jump from 88th to 75th, one of the largest positive moves in the nation, and achieved the highest U.S. News ranking in LSU Law history.”

The February 2009 exam is administered to first-time test takers, who graduated in either August 2008 or December 2008, as well as repeat takers who are conditioning or having previously failed.

Bar passage is required before graduating law students may practice in Louisiana. The results, released by the Committee on Bar Admissions, compare percentage of examinees passing the Bar among the state’s public and private law schools and out-of-state colleges.

Results on the February 2009 Bar Admissions for overall passage by all examinees are as follows:

School # of Applicants Passed Conditioned Failed
LSU 40 33 (82.5%) 4 (10%) 3 (7.5%)
Loyola 71 47 (66.2%) 8 (11.3%) 16 (22.5%)
Southern 59 40 (67.8%) 7 (11.9%) 12 (20.3%)
Tulane 31 22 (71%) 5 (16.1%) 4 (12.9%)
Other 126 78 (62%) 23 (18.2%) 25 (19.8%)
TOTAL 327 220 (67.3%) 47 (14.4 %) 60 (18.3%)

The report on bar passage rate.