This question is going to be mostly geared towards the handful of people on here who are actual lawyers and know how this works. I'm currently a 3rd year at UCLA, and am getting preped for the law school admissions process. I'm planning on taking the LSAT in September, and applying for admissions for Fall 2007.
So I've now started the hunt for the right law school. Since I have not taken the LSAT yet, I've been using my GPA as the big factor, and just putting in a estimate (always lower than what I think I'll get) of what my LSAT score will be. Not an exact science, but this is early research into schools I'd consider. Anyways one of the statistics that I've heard many times over is that chances are I'll end up practicing law in the general area of where I went to school. I know I'll have to pass the state specific bar, but what I'm wondering is if any part of the exam is set on a national standard. Basically if I pass the exam in New York, and then decide to move to California, will I have to retake the entire exam, or only the California specific part?
Also how specifically does that work say if I went to school in Louisiana? For a long time I had been considering Tulane (which may now have changed due to the Hurricane). I know that Louisiana uses a Civil Law system, whereas the rest of the nation is on a Common Law system. Does that make the Louisiana bar exam (and general legal education for that matter) vastly different than elsewhere in the country?