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LSU Law Students Achieve State’s Highest Passage Rate on July 2014 Bar Exam

LSU Law Center students achieved the state’s highest passage rate among all examinees on the latest Louisiana State Bar Exam, according to results released October 17 by the Committee on Bar Admissions of the Supreme Court of Louisiana.  The results are for test takers who sat for the statewide Bar examination in July 2014.

Of all LSU Law test takers in July, 81.50% successfully passed the exam. Among LSU graduates taking the bar exam for the first time, 85.81% passed.

LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack M. Weiss said, “I am pleased that LSU Law students once again achieved the highest pass rate on the Louisiana Bar Examination.  The Law Center’s success is a tribute to our wonderful students and gifted faculty.”

“I’m particularly delighted to see that the pass rate of our first time takers has increased by 12.85 percentage points over last year’s first time pass rate of 72.96%,” Weiss said.

Chancellor Weiss also noted that the Law Center’s first time taker relative pass rate, the percentage of first time LSU Law exam takers who passed compared to the total first time pass rate of all test takers, was 1.14 – the highest of any Louisiana law school’s graduates.  Relative pass rate among first time takers is the metric that is used by U.S. News and World Report for its ranking system, and for purposes of the Louisiana Grad Act in determining the law school’s tuition authority.

The results for first-time takers are as follows:

JULY 2014

LSU 155 133 22 85.81
LOYOLA 139 104 35 74.82
SOUTHERN 99 60 39 60.61
TULANE 68 54 14 79.41
IN-STATE 461 351 110 76.14
OUT-OF-STATE 111 78 33 70.27
DOMESTIC ONLY 570 429 141 75.26
FOREIGN ONLY 2 0 2 0.00
ALL COLLEGES 572 429 143 75.00

The results for all test takers are as follows:

JULY 2014

LSU 173 141 (81.50%) 32 (18.50%)
LOYOLA 183 133 (72.68%) 50 (27.32%)
SOUTHERN 176 99 (56.25%) 77 (43.75%)
TULANE 81 63 (77.78%) 18 (22.22%)
OTHER 149 96 (64.43%) 53 (35.57%)
TOTAL 762 532 (69.82%) 230 (30.18%)

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

The complete report on Bar passage is available here.