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Loyola Law Grads Shine on Louisiana State Bar Exam

By Loyola University on Fri, 10/07/2022 - 13:58

(New Orleans – October 7, 2022) Lawyers around town are celebrating! The Louisiana Supreme Court announced results from the July 2022 Louisiana State Bar Exam this morning, and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law ranks among the top two law schools whose graduates achieved the highest bar passage rates, both among first-time test takers and test takers overall. 

Results were released today by the Committee on Bar Admissions of the Supreme Court of Louisiana – showing Loyola grads neck and neck with the much larger Louisiana State University on both scores. Our first-time takers passed at 83%. The results can be found here.

“These results speak to the quality and excellence of our civil law curriculum, our faculty, and our one-of-a-kind Bar Preparation Program,” said Dean Madeleine Landrieu, J.D. ‘88 and H ‘05. “At Loyola, we know that being admitted to law school is only the first step. Our mission includes supporting our students throughout their time with us, through Bar admissions, and welcoming them each to our strong, connected, and impressive community of alumni.” 

Results show that Loyola Law’s first-time test-takers scored an average 83.3 percent, and LSU grads collectively scored an average of 84.7 percent, just 1.5 percent higher.  Overall, Loyola Law test takers ran a close second against LSU Law alumni, with an 80 percent pass rate versus LSU’s collective 81.6. Last year, Loyola law graduates ranked No. 1 on both measures.

“First-time test takers of the July 2022 Louisiana State Bar Examination endured unique and unprecedented challenges throughout their law school career,” noted Associate Dean Mary Algero, heralding the news. “The global pandemic started during their second semester of law school, immediately disrupting their studies, their opportunities for internships, and jobs. They not only persevered, they thrived.”

‘The law school’s high-touch atmosphere, eight law clinics, extraordinary faculty and staff, and our commitment to educating the whole person really matter,” Landrieu said. “Our small class size and tight knit faculty-student relationships allow our students robust exploration of legal issues throughout their academic careers, and so they head into bar preparation already well-prepared on the essentials.” 

“We supplement the College of Law curricula with clinical hands-on experiences and robust bar preparation resources, said Director of Bar Preparation and Learning Initiatives Suzanne K. Scalise. Every Loyola student has the opportunity to experience close mentoring with some of the state’s top legal scholars.”