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.
In 2016, the Committee received and processed 1,024 bar examination applications, 327 law student registration forms, 37 A.D.A requests, 17 equivalency applications and 11 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 328 applicants who sat for the February examination and 611 applicants who sat for the July examination. The pass rate was 66.16% in February and 65.10% 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, eight Commissioner hearings were held and three matters were argued before the Supreme Court. The Committee’s Character and Fitness Panel recommended five applicants be conditionally admitted and eight applicants be denied admission.
FEBRUARY 2016 BAR EXAM RESULTS