Mississippi Bar Exam

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Mississippi Board of Bar Admission

Board of Bar Admissions
New Gartin Justice Building
450 High Street, Suite 2027
Jackson, MS 39201

Telephone: (601) 576-4621

Website: www.mssc.state.ms.us/baradmissions/baradmissions.html


BAR EXAM FORMAT

The Mississippi Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

Day 1:
AM - 3.5 hours: MPT 1.5 hours (1) *MSE 2 hours (4 questions)
PM - 4 hours: MSE 1 hour (2 questions) MEE 3 hours (6 questions)

Day 2:
Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam.

*MSE = Mississippi Essay Examination


SUBJECTS TESTED


MBE Subjects: 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

MEE/Mississippi Essay Subjects:

  • Administrative Law
  • Agency
  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Paper
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Corporations
  • Domestic Relations
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Federal Jurisdiction & Rules of Civil Procedure
  • MS Constitutional Law
  • Partnerships
  • Practice & Procedure of MS Courts
  • Professional Conduct & Ethics
  • Sales
  • Secured Transactions
  • Torts
  • UCC
  • Wills
  • Estates
  • Trusts & Future Interests
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • plus all MBE subjects

Multistate Performance Test: 

“Closed universe” practical problem using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.


BAR EXAM DATES

The Mississippi Bar Exam is a 2 day exam. It is administered on the last Tuesday, and Wednesday in February and July.

2014 Winter:  February 25 and 26

2014 Summer: July 29 and 30


FILING FEES AND DEADLINES

Applicant must complete both a law student registration and a bar exam application.

Law student registration fees are $100 if filed by October 1st following the completion of two semesters of law school and $300 thereafter.

If preregistered, application update must be filed by September 1st for the February exam and by February 1st for the July exam ($525 if preregistered and $825 if not preregistered). A $25 online filing fee will be charged for each filing.

Final late application deadlines and fees are available at the Board of Bar Admissions's website. Late fees apply.

Check with The Board of Bar Admissions for a more detailed bar exam fee schedule.

http://www.mssc.state.ms.us/baradmissions/baradmissions.html


BAR EXAM FILING ADVICE

Take Appropriate Steps To Ensure Timely Delivery: Your application is one of thousands that will be sent to the same office address. Use Certified Mail with Return Receipt Requested or other appropriate verifiable means (e.g., FedEx, UPS) when sending all correspondence to the bar examiners so that you have proof regarding when your application was postmarked, when it arrived and who received it.  Check with the state bar examiner’s office before sending your application regarding what types of delivery they will accept.

Payment:  Application fees are generally non-refundable. Verify acceptable forms of payment with your state (i.e., no personal checks).  If you apply to take the bar exam, pay all fees and subsequently withdraw, you must contact the Bar Examiners. You may have to submit a new application, a new filing fee and new copies of related documents in order to sit for the exam at a future date.

Employment History:  Many states’ bar applications require information regarding your past employment since the age of 18 (i.e., name and address of employer, reason for leaving). Begin compiling a list of employers and their current addresses so that you have this information for your application.

Character References:  Many states’ bar applications require a list of persons who can attest to your good character. Begin compiling a list of non-relatives who have known you for at least two (2) years who can vouch for your integrity.

Driver Abstracts:  Some bar applications require you to produce a Driver’s Abstract from all states in which you were licenced to drive. Contact the Division of Motor Vehicles in each state and request the most complete abstract of your driving record that is available.

Fingerprints:  In some states you must submit your fingerprints on a special card with your exam application.   Have your fingerprints rolled by a professional law enforcement officer onto the forms provided by the bar examiners.


GRADING AND RESULTS

The MBE is weighted 40%; the 6 state essays are weighted 30%; the MEE is weighted 15%; and the MPT accounts for 15% of final score. Results are generally released in mid-April for February exam and mid-September for July exam.


RECIPROCITY

Admission on Motion: May be eligible for attorneys’ exam. Must have practiced at least 5 years in a reciprocal state and establish office within 30 days of admission.

Acceptance of MBE Score: Applicant may transfer MBE scaled score if attained within 20 months prior to Mississippi exam.


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