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Bar Applications

Any person seeking admission to the Louisiana Bar shall apply to the Committee on Bar Admissions AND shall request that the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) prepare a character report.

Foreign Educated Lawyers

Foreign-trained lawyers who wish to apply to take the Louisiana Bar examination must apply in accordance with Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XVII, Sec 6.

Requirements:

  • Equivalency Application Packet ($250)

    If you attended law school out of the United States, please login to the LASCBA Account Portal to start an equivalency application. A bar exam application cannot be started until an equivalency determination has been made.

  • Other Documentation

    Along with the Equivalency form, Foreign-Trained Lawyers must also supply:

    • Current mailing address
    • Proof of citizenship or alien status
    • Proof of successful completion of 14 semester hours at an ABA accredited university in certain subjects, of which no more than 6 hours of credits may be obtained through distance learning.
    • Certified transcripts of formal legal education (both foreign and US)
    • Documentation which provides a description of courses offered and requirements of the legal education programs attended by the applicant (both foreign and US)
    • Certified or True copy of original diplomas
    • Information about the Universities that provided the applicant’s recent legal training
    • Proof of admission, licensing and/or good standing in all legal, professional and/or bar associations
    • Professional resume
    • Two original letters of recommendation: applicants must provide letters from two individuals who are licensed to practice in any jurisdiction in which the applicant is currently licensed to practice. Letters must be addressed to the Committee.
    • Any other documentation the applicant believes will assist the Committee
    • All foreign documents must be translated to English by a certified translator.

    Submit paperwork to:

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



ADA Accommodations: Requests for accommodations under the ADA must be received on or before November 1 for the February bar exam or on or before February 1 for the July bar exam. Please click here for more info on ADA and/or courtesy accommodations.

News

  • Modification of July 2021 Exam Administration

    April 8, 2021

    The July 2021 bar examination will be administered remotely in an open-book format due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read Order

  • Updated Scope Statement for Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedure

    March 29, 2021

    The scope statement for the Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedure examination has been updated as follows: Read Update.

  • Louisiana Supreme Court Announces Additional Changes to Method of Administration of February 2021 Louisiana Bar Exam

    November 25, 2020

    The February 20201 bar examination will be administered remotely in an open-book format. Read the Supreme Court Order.

  • Modification of February 2021 Exam Administration

    October 30, 2020

    The Louisiana Supreme Court orders modification on the administration of the bar examination in light of the spread of Coronavirus Disease. Read Order

  • Updated Scope Description of the Louisiana Bar Examination for Februrary 2021

    October 30, 2020

    The February 2021 bar examination will be adjusted...Read More

  • Announcement: Admission of Qualified Candidates

    October 2, 2020

    Read More

  • LASCBA Office Closed To Public

    March 18, 2020

    The Committee on Bar Admissions office will be closed for public access beginning Wednesday March 18, 2020...Read More

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Keep your Contact Information Up-To-Date!

It is the applicant's responsibility to notify the Committee on Bar Admissions of any mailing address, telephone number or email address changes! This information can be updated online under the 'My Account' portal.