February 2018 Office Hours of the Committee on Bar Admissions
The administrative offices of the Committee on Bar Admissions are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During the month of February, the Committee offices are closed on the following dates: Monday, February 12; Tuesday, February 13.
Change in Time of One Test for the Nine on the Louisiana Bar Exam
Please be advised that the Criminal Law, Procedure and Evidence test is two hours long effective with the February 2018 bar exam. For more information on the schedule of the bar exam, please visit the "Schedule/Sitting Info" part of the "The Bar Exam" tab HERE.
Attention February 2018 Applicants: Amendments to Supreme Court Rule XVII
The Louisiana Supreme Court has amended Appendix A of Rule XVII. Please see the attached link here for the new version of Appendix A, effective September 21, 2017. February 2018 bar applicants: Remember that the Regular Filing Deadline is November 1. Late fees apply for any February 2018 applicants enrolling between November 2 and December 15.
New Character and Fitness Screening Procedure for Applicants with Mental Disabilities
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 Coordinator:
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