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The Bar Exam

Response to COVID-19

Special adjustments have been made to the Louisiana Bar Examination for July 2020 and October 2020.

The Committee on Bar Admissions administers a written examination, which consists of two parts: A nine-part written examination (Part I) and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (Part II). Part I is primarily essay and may include multiple-choice questions. The Committee has released sample multiple-choice questions. Part II, the MPRE, is administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Newly-Enacted Legislation:
It is the policy of the Committee that newly-enacted legislation-including amendments to existing federal and state statutes, and amendments, additions, and deletions affecting federal and state rules of procedure and evidence – will not be tested until at least six months after the effective date of the legislation, as opposed to the date of enactment.

Sitting for the Exam

Bar Exam (Part I) Test Schedule

The Bar Exam (Part I) is always administered over three days of testing, with three tests per day as follows:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:00AM - 7:45AM

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8:00AM - 10:00AM
10:30AM - 12:30PM
2:00PM - 5:00PM
7:00AM - 7:45AM

Check in

8:00AM - 10:00AM
10:30AM - 12:30PM
2:00PM - 5:00PM
7:00AM - 7:45AM

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8:00AM - 10:00AM


On the Day of the Bar Exam, Please Double-Check the Following:

Applicants are not permitted to bring any items into the examination site other than a clear plastic food storage type bag (maximum size one gallon), which may only contain: a photo I.D., wallet, keys, earplugs, pens, erasers, medication and medical items, facial tissue, non-digital watch or timepiece, one clear plastic bottle of water/juice/soda/coffee per exam session.

The following items are strictly prohibited and will not be permitted in the exam site: food of any kind including candy and gum, handbags, purses, hats, hoods or any other headgear (except items of religious apparel), backpacks, laptop bags, computer sleeves, duffle bags, briefcases, tote bags, notes, scratch paper, books, magazines, newspapers or any other reading material, bar review or other study material in any format or media, electronic wireless communication and smart devices such as cell phones, calculators, cameras, radios, recording devices, iPods, smart watches and fitness bands, headphones or headsets, weapons of any kind, regardless of whether you have a permit to carry, any other item not specifically allowed.

  • Bring a signed copy of the admit ticket.

  • Bring your drivers license or passport for ID.

  • You may NOT bring in your cell phone to the testing facility, and the committee will NOT hold it for you.

  • All applicants will be required to clear a security checkpoint at the entrance to the testing facility.

  • If you are taking the Bar with a personal laptop:

    • Download the software and take a practice test.

    • Make sure your battery is fully charged.


  • August 2020 Exam Postponed

    August 22, 2020

    The Committee on Bar Admissions has been closely monitoring Tropical Storms Marco and Laura. Weather advisories indicate South Louisiana will begin experiencing tropical storm or hurricane winds and rain sometime on Monday, August 24, 2020. The incoming storm will likely cause widespread power outages and interruption in internet access. Therefore, the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Committee on Bar Admissions has made the determination to postpone the Monday, August 24, 2020 bar examination by one week. The August examination will be held on Monday, August 31, 2020. The examination will proceed in the same manner as was planned for August 24, 2020. Read More

  • LASCBA Monitors Inclement Weather

    August 21, 2020

    The Committee is closely monitoring the weather and will update applicants with any changed plans regarding the administration of Monday’s exam. Please keep an eye on the news section of our website. Read More

  • Louisiana Supreme Court Announces Changes to Method of Administration of August 24 And October 10, 2020 Louisiana Bar Exam

    August 12, 2020

    Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Bar Admissions, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued an Order today announcing modifications to the method of administering the August 24, 2020 and October 10, 2020 Louisiana Bar Exam due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic...Read More

  • Louisiana Supreme Court Announcement Regarding 2020 Bar Examination

    July 22, 2020

    Today the Louisiana Supreme Court issued an Order permitting certain “Qualified Candidates” for admission to the Louisiana State Bar to be admitted to practice without the requirement of sitting for and passing the bar examination in 2020, provided all other usual requirements for admission are met. In addition, Qualified Candidates must complete 25 hours of continuing legal education and the Louisiana State Bar Association’s “Transition Into Practice” mentoring program by December 31, 2021...Read More

  • Job Posting: Attorney for Character and Fitness

    July 16, 2020

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  • The Louisiana Supreme Court and the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions Announce Online Bar Examination Option

    June 3, 2020

    The Louisiana Supreme Court (the “Court”) and the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions (the “LASCBA”) jointly announce the addition of an option to take the July, 2020 and October, 2020 bar examination online. All other details regarding the administration of the July, 2020 and October, 2020 examinations remain unchanged....Read More

  • Updated Scope Descriptions of the Louisiana Bar Examination for July 2020 and October 2020

    June 2, 2020

    The July 2020 and October 2020 bar examination will be adjusted...Read More

  • LASCBA Office Closed To Public

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

  • Civil Code III and Business Entities changes

    Please note the recent changes to the scope statements concerning Civil Code III and Business Entities,...Read More

  • Character and Fitness Screening Procedure for Applicants with Mental Disabilities

    On February 1, 2014, the Supreme Court amended Rule XVII to ensure complete confidentiality of all bar admissions files... Read More

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