Only 53 percent of law students passed La. bar exam

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Many new law school graduates fear the test, but this year's grades are showing our Louisiana law students are struggling. Nearly half of the grads from Louisiana's law schools who recently took the bar exam failed.

"Going into to it I heard it's one of the hardest bar exams in the country, if not the hardest," said Hayden Moore a recent Southern University Law school graduate.

Moore was one of several Southern graduates who passed the exam. According to the July bar exam results, this year only 53 percent of Louisiana law students passed the exam. Southern Law School Chancellor Freddie Pitcher says the structure of the rigorous test has something to do with that.

"Law school multiple choice exams are not like your run-of-the-mill exams in undergraduate school," said Pitcher.

Pitcher said concerns about the makeup of the state's bar exam have already led to some changes. The exam was only essay, now it's both essay and multiple choices.

Before students could get approval on seven out of nine parts and pass the exam, but with the new test you can't.

"Since the implementation of the exam, everybody's score, the average scores have dipped considerably, "said Pitcher.

He stresses the latest bar results are not a reflection of state universities. The U.S. supreme court says it wants to see a pattern before making any changes to the bar exam.

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