I also heard the 51% rumor from someone at my firm who has connections to the La Supreme Court staff. It doesn't sound too far off the mark. The pass rate last July was 61%.
IMO, I think the LA bar is purposefully making the exam especially difficult to pass. Despite the low passage percentage last July (well below the other 49 states), the LA Bar RAISED the required amount of points to pass since that administration.
On another note, comparing the Louisiana Multiple Choice questions to the MBE is grossly inaccurate.
The July 2013 Code III & BENI multiple choice questions clearly had no quality control.
This post was edited on 10/10 at 9:47 pm