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Mississippi Shortens Bar Exam

Posted Aug 26, 2011 2:30 PM CDT
By Rachel M. Zahorsky

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The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered its three-day bar examine cut to two days.

The court approved the petition of proposed amendments submitted by the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions this week, which shortens the exam to 13½ hours, not counting the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination.

Justice Michael K. Randolph, in a dissent, voiced his concern that the order would reduce the number of hours devoted to Mississippi law on the exam from eight to three. Justice David A. Chandler also dissented and called for a specific review of the goals of the exam.

“This court first should determine, with specificity, what we are attempting to measure before deciding how to measure it and what length the test should be,” Chandler wrote.

Hat Tip: Legal Profession Blog.

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