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Bar Exam Preparation

Raising the bar on bar prep.

In April 2013, Loyola created a Bar Preparation and Learning Initiatives Department.  The sole focus of the department is to assist all Loyola students and alumni in their preparation for any bar examination.  Loyola now offers bar preparation courses, lectures, workshops, and individual tutoring for all.

For students, Loyola offers the following 3.0 hour bar preparation courses: Consolidated Legal Analysis and Bar Preparation Seminar. Civil law and common law sections exist for both courses.  The Louisiana courses focus on commonly-tested subjects found on the Louisiana Bar Examination.  The common law courses focus on the subjects found on the Multistate Bar Examination.  Unlike the typical exam schedule for law school classes, these courses frequently test students during the semester, require homework, and require a final exam.  Both civil and common law students are tested through essay and multiple choice questions.  Students learn substantive law, study tactics, and writing strategies.

In addition, the Bar Preparation Department offers workshops for graduating third-year students on commonly-tested bar exam topics and on test-taking techniques and strategies.

For all of its graduates, Loyola offers civil law and common law Blackboard courses, which allow graduates to ask questions about any bar examination and to receive answers from Loyola professors.  The goal of the Blackboard courses is to ensure that graduates are not studying for the bar examination in isolation.  Instead, the Loyola community remains connected after graduation such that the graduates may directly contact professors, post questions on Blackboard, attend or view Loyola bar examination lectures, and interact with one another.

If you are a student, graduate, or prospective student, please read below for more detailed information regarding the student and graduate courses offered by Loyola.  Additionally, please review the below-listed website links, which will connect you to pertinent bar exam information for each state.



Tips and Strategies: Dean Madeleine Landrieu and Suzanne Scalise

Persons: Monica Wallace

Property: John Lovett

Community Property: Dian Tooley-Knoblett

Successions, Donations, and Trusts: Sandi Varnado

Security Rights: Dian Tooley-Knoblett

Sales and Leases: Sandi Varnado

Torts: Bobby Harges

Constitutional Law: Isabel Medina

Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure: Blaine LeCesne

Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence: Bobby Harges

Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure: Father Lawrence Moore

Simulated Louisiana Bar Examination: Suzanne Scalise



Bar Preparation Courses for Civil and Common Law 

The following courses are specifically designed to assist third year students with bar exam preparation for Louisiana and all other states.

LCOM-L949, Bar Preparation I: Common Law, 3hrs.
LCIV-L949 Bar Preparation I: Civil Law, 3hrs.

Revisits fundamental principles of legal analysis in a systematic manner, building and consolidating skills needed to master the details of varied areas of law, to analyze the relationship between facts and legal rules, to identify legal issues, and to make persuasive written arguments in support of legal conclusions.  Frequent written exercises and in-class examinations will be given.

LCIV-L950 Bar Preparation II: Civil Law, 3hrs.

Focuses on preparation for the Louisiana Bar Examination.  This course addresses Louisiana rules of law and analysis frequently tested on the bar.  Subjects covered may include, but will not necessarily be limited to, discreet portions of Code III (Security Rights), Louisiana Torts, Constitutional Law, Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure, and Louisiana Business Entities.  In addition to a final examination, graded in-class examinations will be given for each subject.  All examinations will closely resemble the actual bar examination questions.

LCOM-L950 Bar Preparation II: Common Law, 3hrs.

Focuses on preparation for the Multistate Bar Examination.  This course addresses practice multiple choice questions and practice essay questions on select topics within subjects covered by the Multistate Bar Examination.  Subjects covered in the course may include Constitutional Law, Contracts and Sales, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.  In addition to a final examination, graded in-class examinations will be given for each subject.  All examinations will closely resemble the actual Multistate Bar Examination.

Civil Law 

Course Offerings:

Schedule of Louisiana Bar Examination and Corresponding Loyola Course Offerings

All classes on this list are the civil law versions, unless stated otherwise.


(1)  Code I: 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Property I
Property II
Community Property
Civil Law of Persons

(2)  Code II:  10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Louisiana Donations and Trusts

(3)  Code III: 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Obligations I
Obligations II
Sales and Leases
Security Rights
Miscellaneous Code Topics*


(4)  Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure: 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure

(5)  Torts:  10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Torts I
Torts II

(6)  Business Entities:  2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Business Organizations


(7)  Constitutional Law:  8 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Constitutional Law
Advanced Constitutional Law--14th Amendment
First Amendment (Speech and Religion)**

(8)  Criminal Law:  10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Criminal Law
Constitutional Criminal Procedure

(9)  Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure: 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Civil Procedure I
Civil Procedure II
Courts in a Federal System

Conflicts of Law is a course that is not tested in isolation; it may appear on Codes I-III and/or Torts.

*   This includes liberative prescription, deposit, mandate, compromise, and quasi-contracts.
** Sometimes speech and religion are taught as two separate courses.  Both are fair game for this section of the bar exam.


Links to Bar Exam Information in Louisiana and Other States

All States:

National Conference of Bar Examiners and American Bar Association's Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements 2019


Louisiana Bar Exam Application Process:

Louisiana Supreme Court Court Committee on Bar Admissions:

Common Law:  

Bar Exam Application links for other states:

List of State Bar Associations:


For our graduates, the Department provides extensive assistance.  Online Blackboard courses are offered for both Louisiana and common law students.  The courses provide bar preparation materials and discussion forums.  The discussion forums allow graduates to ask specific questions and to receive responses from professors.  In addition, one-on-one bar prep assistance is available to all graduates.  Because of the complexity of the Louisiana Bar Exam and because Loyola has a large number of graduates taking that exam, the department offers weekend and evening lectures which focus on all bar exam subjects and which are taught by Loyola professors.  Further, graduates are offered a simulated bar exam day so that they may experience similar testing conditions before taking the actual bar exam.  The Bar Prep web page also provides alumni with comprehensive up-to-date materials and links for each state’s bar exam.  The page supplies information regarding the above-mentioned Blackboard courses and lectures, which are provided exclusively for Loyola alumni. 


Civil Law: Preparing for the Louisiana State Bar Examination 

Louisiana Bar Exam Information

Common Law: Preparing for Out-of-State Bar Examinations

List of State Bar Associations:

Links to Commercial Bar Prep Programs