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 Administrative Assistant IV - email@example.com
Processes applications and responds to questions about filing an application or about a previously filed application for any applicant whose last name begins with the letters A – L
Bar Admissions Administrative Assistant IV - firstname.lastname@example.org
Processes applications and responds to questions about filing an application or about a previously filed application for any applicant whose last name begins with the letters M - Z
Linda B. Knight
Bar Admissions Administrator - email@example.com
Oversees scheduling and administration of hearings, bar examination, and publication of bar results, as well as requests for accommodations
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, approximately 2 – 2½ months prior to the bar examination, 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 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.
***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.
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.
Application for Registration as a Law Student (Law Student Application):
This link will take you to the Application for Registration as a Law Student and Instructions. The application and filing fee is to be filed on or before October 1st, immediately following completion of two (2) semesters of law school, or the equivalent thereof. Any person who does not comply with the October 1st deadline shall be permitted to file a late law student application upon payment of a late registration fee; however, the completed application must be filed with the Board on or before March 1st preceding the February examination deadline, or on or before August 1st preceding the July examination filing deadline of which applicant proposes to sit.
February 2020 Bar Exam Online Application: The link will take you to the February 2020 Bar Exam Application and Instructions. If you have previously filed an application with the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions, e.g. Application for Registration as a Law Student or Exam Application, please read the instructions below pertaining to the Application Update to see if you qualify to use it.
Application Update for February 2020 Bar Exam: The Application Update is located within the link for the February 2020 Bar Exam Online Application. If you select that you have previously filed an application and your previously filed application was not withdrawn, dismissed or denied, you will automatically be directed to the Application Update. (NOTE: If it has been more than one (1) year since you previously filed an application, please contact the MBBA to see if you are eligible to submit an Application Update.)
You will also find a link for Application Update Instructions and a fee scale for the following applications:
Admission on Motion Application:The link will take you to the Admission on Motion Instructions and Application, as well as a link that lists all the jurisdictions with which Mississippi has reciprocity. 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 accept(s) Mississippi attorneys for admission without examination (see note below). The five (5) year practice of law requirement contemplates that the work done by the applicant be of a general legal nature but not work that is very narrow in scope, is of a type which need not be performed by an attorney, or does not generally require the services of an attorney. An attorney’s five (5) years of prior practice must have constituted a full-time or regular undertaking and not have been on only an occasional or haphazard basis. For a full set of the Rules which govern Admission on Motion, see Rule VI. ADMISSION BY COMITY AND RECIPROCITY found in the Rules Governing Admission to the Mississippi Bar.
PLEASE NOTE:Review the list of jurisdictions with which Mississippi has a Reciprocal agreement for Admission on Motion. Applicants should review the rules of their jurisdiction pertaining to Admission on Motion. If the reciprocal jurisdiction’s rules are more stringent or exacting or contain other limitations, restrictions or conditions of admission, the admission of the applicant shall be governed by such rules. If an applicant has been licensed by more than one state, the Board shall determine in its discretion the licensing state to which reference shall be made in determining whether to admit an applicant by comity and reciprocity. If the Board determines an applicant does not meet the qualification for admission without examination, the application will be converted to an Examination Application to sit for the Mississippi Bar Examination and the applicant will be required to take the full Bar Examination (fees paid are not refundable but would be applied to cover the cost to take the Bar Examination).
The five (5) year practice of law requirement contemplates that the work done by the applicant be of a general legal nature but not work that is very narrow in scope, is of a type which need not be performed by an attorney, or does not generally require the services of an attorney. An attorney’s five (5) years of prior practice must have constituted a full-time or regular undertaking and not have been on only an occasional or haphazard basis.