Bar Preparation Program
SULC offers multi-faceted bar exam preparatory programs geared towards the Louisiana Bar Examination and common law bar examinations. The program is designed for all SULC students. Students are exposed to the program in each year of their studies as well as the summer following their graduation. The programs have three primary facets: supplemental bar review sessions conducted during the school year, bar preparatory courses – called LA Bar Exam Prep I and II and UBE Common Law Bar Prep; and summer supplemental bar review sessions.
First-year law students will be introduced to information regarding the steps needed to prepare for the bar exam during their initial law school orientation. Additionally, two sessions will be offered during the spring semester. The sessions will introduce the first-year students to a Recurring Issue Outline concept of studying and cover one substantive bar subject.
The second-year students will have several supplemental bar review sessions. The first session will serve as an introductory session that will recap SULC’s Recurring Issue Outline concept, while the remaining sessions will address a specific portion of the Louisiana bar exam and MBE and MPT portions of common law bar exams. All of the supplemental bar review sessions are structured to address the process of preparing for the exam instead of doctrinal subject matter.
SULC offers three bar preparatory courses to students in their final year of law school. These courses – LA Bar Exam Prep I and II and UBE Common Law Bar Prep – do not contain pre-requisites. By taking both courses, a student will be exposed to methods of preparing for all nine sections of the Louisiana bar examination. Likewise, by taking the UBE Common Law Bar Prep course, students will be exposed to methods of preparing for a common law bar examination.
SULC offers both summer and winter supplemental bar review sessions. During the program, students take prior bar exams under conditions similar to those that they will encounter on the bar exam. The students receive both written and oral feedback regarding their performances on the practice exams.
There are many benefits of attending all of the programs listed above. Historically, students who have attended and actively embraced the supplemental bar review program have received better scores overall than those who do not participate in the program, have higher bar passage rates on their first attempts than those who do not participate, have more confidence and are less anxious during the time leading up to the exam.