Mississippi Bar Examination

2020 Bar Exam Information

NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with bar examiner’s office.

BAR EXAM DATES AND FORMAT

2020: February 25 – 26, July 28 – 29

2021: February 23 – 24, July 27 – 28

The Mississippi Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

Day 1: Six essay questions drafted by the state board, one 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question and six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions.

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM).

Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions

Gartin Justice Building
450 High Street, Suite 2027
Jackson, MS 39201

Phone: (601) 576-4620

Fax: (601) 576-4730

Web: http://courts.ms.gov/baradmissions/baradmissions.html

Bar Exam Location

Robert E. Lee State Office Building
239 N. Lamar St.
Jackson, MS 39201

Subjects Tested

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Administrative Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations (including Corporations, Partnership, and Agency)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Domestic Relations
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Federal Jurisdiction and Rules of Civil Procedure
  • MS Constitutional Law
  • Practice and Procedure of MS Courts
  • Professional Conduct and Ethics
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Wills
  • Estates
  • Trusts and Future Interests (including basic federal tax consequences)
  • plus all MBE subjects (Prior to exam, Board indicates to all applicants for that exam which subjects will be tested on the six essays drafted by the Board)
Multistate Performance Test “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

Currently, a scaled score of 75 on the MPRE is required for admission. This score must be achieved within 24 months before or 12 months after passing the bar exam.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Applicant must complete both a law student registration and application. Law student registration fees are $100 if filed on or before October 1 following the completion of two (2) semesters of law school and $300 thereafter. If preregistered, application update must be filed by September 1 for the February exam and by February 1 preceding the July exam ($825 fee, $525 if preregistered). A $25 online filing fee will be charged for each filing. Check with The Board of Bar Admissions for a more detailed bar exam fee schedule, including late fees for missed deadlines.

Exam Fee: $525 plus a $25 application fee

Scoring

A passing score on the Mississippi bar exam is 132 on a 200-point scale. The MBE is weighted 40%, the six state essays are weighted 30%, the MEE is weighted 15%, and the MPT accounts for 15% of final score.

Reciprocity

Acceptance of MBE Score

An applicant who has taken the MBE, either in Mississippi or in another jurisdiction, within the immediately preceding 20-month period may elect to utilize the scaled score which he achieved on said previous administration of the MBE in lieu of retaking the MBE during current Mississippi Bar Examination.

Admission on Motion

Eligibility for Admission on Motion in Mississippi is restricted to those who have practiced not less than five (5) years in a jurisdiction(s) that accepts Mississippi attorneys for admission without examination.

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