Bar Admission Requirements

Law students are required to complete an Application for Registration as a Law Student for the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions within six months after the successful completion of regular two semesters in law school. Forms for this registration are available at the School of Law. A passing score on the Multi-state Professional Responsibility Examination is required for admission to the Mississippi Bar. Students apply for the MPRE online at www.ncbex.org. Applications for the Mississippi Bar Examination can be obtained from the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions.

If an applicant for the Mississippi Bar received a bachelor’s degree from an undergraduate school in the United States, that school must have been approved by a regional accrediting association at the time the degree was awarded. If an applicant to the Mississippi Bar graduated from a foreign institution, the applicant should contact the Board of Bar Admissions to be advised if the degree-granting institution has been accorded recognition equivalent to regional accreditation of American institutions.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions (or the appropriate agency in other states) regarding any criminal convictions (including misdemeanors) to determine if such convictions will impede bar admission. Because of the high ethical standards to which lawyers are held, the failure to disclose such information is often more significant, and leads to more serious consequences than any such act or event itself. Failure to provide truthful answers to relevant questions on the Law School Admissions Application or failure to inform the Admissions Office of any changes to your answers may result in revocation of admission or disciplinary action by the School of Law, or denial of permission to practice law by the state in which you seek admission.

In other states, the Board of Bar Examiners may require registration before students begin the study of law. It is the responsibility of each student to determine and to meet the bar admission requirements of any states in which he or she may want to practice law.

Bar Passage Rates

Mississippi Bar Exam July 2012

Total number of UM students who sat for this exam: 89

UM 1st Timers Passing: 62 of 81 76.6%
UM Retakes 5 of 8 62.5%
UM Overall Passing %: 67 of 89 75.3%
All Takers 177 of 231 76.7%