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.
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.
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.