The LSU Law Center has the state’s highest bar passage rate for new graduates, again beating the Tulane University Law School scores.

LSU stayed in first with 86.5 percent of the new graduates passing out of those who took the Louisiana State Bar Exam in July.

Tulane came in second in the state with a 78.6 percent passage rate. The Loyola University College of Law had a 69.6 percent rate.

Graduates of the Southern University Law Center had a 62.2 percent passage rate.

LSU bar exam takers have failed to finish first only once in the past 23 years.

“The overall pass rate of LSU Law students on the State Bar Examination is once again the highest in the state, and our 86.5 percent passage rate is high by any measure,” LSU Law Chancellor Jack Weiss said in a prepared statement. “This year’s impressive performance is a tribute both to the class of 2011 and to the dedication of our outstanding faculty in providing the class with the skills and knowledge needed for today’s legal practice.”

Out of 163 LSU bar exam applicants, 142 passed and six failed. Another 15 scored “conditioned,” meaning they will have to retake certain portions.

As for 127 Southern bar applicants, 79 passed, 19 were conditioned and 29 failed.