NOTICE TO EXAMINATION APPLICANTS
The recently passed Rule IV, Section 8, Re-Examination in Excess of Three, limiting the number of times an applicant may take the Mississippi Bar Examination to three (before being required to undertake additional legal education) is effective January 1, 2020.
All Mississippi Bar Examinations taken and failed as of that date are included and count towards the “three attempts” rule. In other words, an applicant who has previously taken and failed two Mississippi Bar Examinations prior to January 1, 2020 will be permitted to take the exam once more before being required to undertake further legal education. Those who have taken and failed the examination on three or more occasions prior to January 1, 2020 must comply with the additional legal education requirements prior to their re-application to the examination.
The Mississippi Bar hosts a Bar Admissions ceremony in the spring and fall. (Note: The Mississippi Bar is a separate agency from the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions and any questions regarding the Bar Admissions ceremony need to be directed to The Mississippi Bar.) Dates and locations of each ceremony may be found at the following link:
Address for the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions (MBBA)
MS Board of Bar Admissions
Gartin Justice Building
450 High Street, Suite 2027
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone - 601/576-4620
MS Board of Bar Admissions
P. O. Box 1449
Jackson, MS 39215-1449
Fax - 601/576-4730
Staff Contact Information
Bar Admissions Interim Administrator - firstname.lastname@example.org
• Oversees scheduling and administration of hearings, bar examinations, and publication of bar results, as well as requests for accommodations
• Processes exam and pre-law applications for any applicant whose last name begins with the letters A - L
Bar Admissions Administrative Assistant IV - email@example.com
• Processes exam and pre-law applications for any applicant whose last name begin with the letters M - Z • Processes all Admission on Motion applications
All applications must be completed online. To file an application, your completed online application must be printed, signed, notarized, and submitted to the MBBA to be received in the MBBA office on or before the applicable filing deadline. Links to all applications, forms and the Rules Governing Admission to the MS Bar are listed under “Bar Admissions” on the left side of this webpage.
For any questions or concerns with completing the online application, please contact the bar admissions staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is an additional $25.00 application fee for all applications. The $25.00 fee can be combined in the same payment with your application filing fee. (Please note that personal or business checks are not accepted.) Money orders or cashier‘s checks are to be made payable to the MS Board of Bar Admissions and must be submitted at the time you file your application.
LAPTOP TESTING is available for the MS Bar Examination. There is an additional fee for applicants who wish to use their laptop to type their answers to the Essays and Performance Test during the administration of the MS Bar Examination. This fee is payable directly to ExamSoft. The fee is currently $113.00, but may be subject to change. A notice with instructions will be sent to each applicant who completes and submits an Examination Application and Form 8-B Laptop User Release. Applicants will be provided with instructions on registration of their laptop, steps to download Examplify, and then take and upload a mock exam. Applicants who have not registered with Examplify and completed the Mock Exam within the deadline established will not be allowed to use their laptop computer for that examination and will be required to hand write their answers.
The MS Board of Bar Admissions does not refund any fees. Applicants whose application is, either voluntarily or involuntarily, dismissed will automatically forfeit all previously paid fees.
***See application links for applicable fees***Please read all instructions carefully on our website. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure his/her application is completed in a timely manner. If an applicant does not complete his/her application within the time period required, his/her application may be dismissed.
FINGERPRINTS - Please note that all applicants are required to obtain and submit their fingerprints as part of the application process. We have provided a fingerprint card/sheet, which can be found at the following link, which you can print off and have completed: Fingerprint Card
NCBE NUMBER - The NCBE Number was introduced in January 2012 as the unique identifier for an examinee's MBE score. The NCBE Number is required to register for the Mississippi Bar Examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). Click on the following link to register and request your NCBE Number: Get an NCBE Number.