Mississippi Bar Exam details

A typical Mississippi Bar Exam is a 2-day exam

Mississippi Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the Mississippi Board of Bar Examiners.

You may also reference the NCBE July 2020 bar exam jurisdiction information page.

Day 1

  • Six essay questions drafted by the state board
  • One 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) question
  • 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)

MBE

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

Mississippi Essay 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.

  • Administrative Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations (including Corporations, Partnerships, 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

MPT

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

MPRE

  • A scaled score of 75 is required for admission to the bar. This score must be achieved within 24 months before or 12 months after passing the bar exam.

Click here to learn more about the MPRE.

  • MBE weighted 40%
  • State essays weighted 30%
  • MEE weighted 15%
  • MPT weighted 15%

A passing score is 132 on a 200-point scale.

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 or she 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 years in a jurisdiction(s) that accepts Mississippi attorneys for admission without examination.

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