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April 2017 Office Schedule

April, 2017

The Committee on Bar Admissions office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. central time. During the month of April, the office will be closed on the following day(s): Friday, April 14

Five Time Exam Limit Reinstated

The provision in La. Sup. Ct. Rule XVII limiting applicants to five attempts to pass the examination which was temporarily suspended has been reinstated but will not be applied retroactively. Applicants who have previously failed Part I any number of times prior to the July 2016 examination will not be penalized. The Rule currently provides:

SECTION 8. Re-examination/Time Limits.[Amended effective February 4, 2014]

(A) Failure. Part I. An applicant who fails Part I may reapply to take Part I, but shall not receive credit for any separate subject examination passed during any prior examination.

(B) Reapplication. Every applicant who fails Part I and who desires to re-take the examination must submit the application(s) and pay the fee(s) required by this Rule. After failing to pass five examinations, an applicant shall never be permitted to reapply.

New Character and Fitness Screening Procedure for Applicants with Mental Disabilities

February, 2014

There have been recent changes to the character and fitness screening procedures relative to applicants with mental health disabilities. The Louisiana Supreme Court recently entered into a voluntary settlement agreement with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice concerning new policies and procedures for the evaluation and processing of applicants with mental health disabilities.

On February 1, 2014, the Supreme Court amended Rule XVII to ensure complete confidentiality of all bar admissions files. See La. Sup. Ct. Rule XVII, Sec. 1(G). The fact of, and underlying reasons for the Court’s grant of conditional admission, (including any medical or health related information associated with admission), are kept strictly confidential pursuant to the amended rule. The Court has also worked with the NCBE to modify Questions 25-27 which appear on the Character and Fitness application form that law student registrants and bar applicants are asked to complete. To view the settlement agreement, click here.

Below is contact information for the Court’s Agreement Coordinators:


Alanah Odoms Hebert
Deputy General Counsel
Spec. Counsel to Chief Justice Johnson
Louisiana Supreme Court
400 Royal Street, Suite 1190
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Direct Dial: 504-310-2348
Facsimile: 504-310-2587
E-mail:ahebert@lasc.org

Lauren McHugh Rocha
Deputy Judicial Administrator/General Counsel
Louisiana Supreme Court
Office of the Judicial Administrator
400 Royal Street, Suite 1190
New Orleans, LA 70130
Telephone: (504) 310-2622
Fax: (504) 310-2587
E-mail:lrocha@lasc.org

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  • April 2017 Office Schedule

    The Committee on Bar Admissions office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. central time. During the month of April, the office will be closed on the following day(s): Friday, April 14

  • Five Time Exam Limit Reinstated

    The provision in La. Sup. Ct. Rule XVII limiting applicants to five attempts to pass the examination which was temporarily suspended has been reinstated..Read More

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