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The Mississippi Supreme Court recently granted a petition filed by the Mississippi Board of Bar Admission for amendments to the Rules Governing Admission to the Mississippi Bar. The amendments will, among other things, increase several fees associated with taking the Bar exam. The court, however, did not rule on a provision of the petition amendment seeking an increase in the required scaled score on the multi-state Professional Responsibility Examination. That specific request was held over by the high court for further consideration. The most substantial matter addressed by the court was the fee increases. Before granting the board’s request for the increases, the high court took into consideration the board’s rising cost of sustenance. “Having considered the petition, the funding needs of the Board and the history of the fees charged, the Court finds that such increases are justified, but only to the extent put forth in this order,” the court wrote. The increases pertain to application, registration, filing, and re-examination fees. The Board also petitioned the court for an amendment to Rule VII, Section, 5. B. This amendment sets the quorum for meetings of the Committee on Character and Fitness and its subcommittees. Upon review of this request, the court found the amendment “to be appropriate.” The state supreme court, however, decided to not rule on the petition’s last request, holding it over for further consideration. The Board had asked that Rule IX, Section 4. C. be amended. Doing so would increase the required scaled score on the Multi-state Professional Responsibility Examination. Upon further study, the court wrote that it “reserved ruling on this request for further consideration.”

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