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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 both civil and common law sections of the 3.0-hour courses Bar Preparation I (Fall semester) and Bar Preparation II (Spring semester). 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.

All online lectures are available now. A simulated Louisiana Bar Examination day will be held by Suzanne Scalise and will be offered to first-time takers in mid-February.

Tips and Strategies: Suzanne Scalise 

Persons: Monica Wallace

Community Property: Dian Tooley-Knoblett

Successions, Donations, and Trusts: Sandi Varnado

Sales and Leases/Obligations: Dian Tooley-Knoblett

Security Rights: Dian Tooley-Knoblett

Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure: Blaine LeCesne

Torts: Bobby Harges

Constitutional Law: Isabel Medina 

Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence: Bobby Harges

Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure: Lawrence Moore

Links to the filmed lectures are posted in the Blackboard Course Material.

Common Law Bar Exam Tips and Strategies: Suzanne Scalise

Civil Procedure: Father Larry Moore

Constitutional Law: Isabel Medina

Contracts: Commercial Transactions: Rob Garda

Contracts: Selected Topics for MBE Review: Craig Senn

Criminal Law and Procedure: John Blevins

Evidence: Chunlin Leonhard

First Amendment: Johanna Kalb

Real Property: Marie Tufts

Secured Transactions: Chunlin Leonhard

Torts: Karen Sokol

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.

Course Offerings:

Schedule of Louisiana Bar Examination and

 

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

DAY 1

(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.
Successions
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*

DAY 2

(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

DAY 3

(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
Evidence

(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.

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: lascba.org/

Common Law:  
Bar Exam Application links for other states here.

State Bar Associations here.

Commercial Bar Prep Programs
Louisiana -- BarBri
General -- BarBri
Louisiana -- Kaplan
General -- Kaplan

Contact Us

Suzy Scalise
Director of Bar Preparation & Learning Initiatives
Phone: (504) 861-5483
Email: sscalise@loyno.edu
Office location: 420

Sarah Johnson
Program Coordinator
Phone: (504) 861-5981
Email: acadsup@loyno.edu
and sejohnso@loyno.edu
Office location: 402