Committee on Bar
The Committee on Bar Admissions is comprised of 19 active members of the Louisiana State Bar Association appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to administer the bar admissions system. It is the duty of the Committee to recommend for admission only those applicants who meet the eligibility requirements set forth in La. Sup. Ct. Rule XVII. During 2014, the Court expanded the Committee to allow for additional members of the Testing Committee. The role of the Testing Committee is to promote consistency, quality and fairness in the examination development and grading processes.
The Committee received and processed 1,262 bar examination applications, 367 law student registration forms, 41 A.D.A. applications for testing accommodations, 15 equivalency applications and 17 in-house counsel applications. Two written examinations were administered. Examiners developed examination questions and, with the assistance of more than 300 volunteer graders, scored test papers for 398 applicants who sat for the February examination and 762 applicants who sat for the July examination. The pass rate was 47.74% in February and 69.95% in July.
In order to assure that each applicant recommended for admission possessed the requisite character and fitness, the Committee’s Character and Fitness Department investigated and considered the backgrounds of all applicants. As part of the character and fitness screening process, 5 Commissioner hearings were held and 5 matters were argued before the Supreme Court. The Committee’s Character and Fitness Panel recommended 15 applicants be conditionally admitted and 13 applicants be denied admission.
JULY 2014 BAR EXAM RESULTS