Michigan Bar Exam Information

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Michigan Bar Exam Format

Overview

The Michigan Bar Exam is administered over two days.

Day 1

The written portion of the exam is administered on the first day of the Michigan bar exam. The written portion of the bar exam consists of the Michigan essay questions. You will have 2, 3-hour sessions to answer the 15 essay questions.

Day 2

The Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) is administered on the second day of the Michigan bar exam. The MBE is a multiple-choice test containing 200 questions. The MBE is split into a morning and afternoon session. Each session consists of 100 questions. You have three hours to complete each session.

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Useful Links

  1. Michigan Bar Review Course – AmeriBar has been helping students pass the Michigan bar exam for over 15 years.
  2. MichiganBarExam.com – Detailed Information and resources for Michigan bar exam takers by Great Lakes Bar Review.
  3. MBEQuestionBank.com  – Online question bank with over 2500 simulated MBE questions.

Exam Dates

  • July 30-31, 2019
  • February 25-26, 2020
  • July 28-29, 2020
  • February 23-24, 2021

Michigan Bar Admissions

Michigan Board of Law Examiners
200 Washington Square, Lower Level
P.O. Box 30104
Lansing, MI 48909

Michigan MPRE Score Requirement

Michigan requires bar exam applicants to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE”). You must score 85 or higher on the MPRE in order to pass in Michigan.

Scoring/Grading and Results

In order to pass the Michigan bar exam, you must score at least 135. The Michigan bar exam score calculation provides that the MBE portion is worth 200 possible points, and each essay is worth 10 points for a total of 150 possible points. A combined score of at least 135 must be earned to pass the bar exam. The following formula is used to calculate that score: Combined score = [4/3 (raw essay total) + MBE score] / 2 .
Michigan bar exam results are usually released in mid-November for the July bar exam and mid-May for the February bar exam.

Reciprocity

Michigan permits admission on motion without examination when an attorney licensed to practice law in the United States satisfies educational and character and fitness eligibility requirements, and the following additional requirements are satisfied:

  • Attorney is a member in good standing of the Bar where admitted to practice.
  • Attorney intends to practice in Michigan, or to be a full-time instructor at a reputable and qualified Michigan law school.
  • Attorney has been, for three of the five preceding years, actively practicing law as a principal business or occupation; or been employed as a full-time instructor at a reputable and qualified law school; or been on active duty in the United States armed forces as a judge advocate, legal specialist, or legal officer.

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Michigan Bar Exam Subjects

Michigan Essay Subjects

  • Personal Propery
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Corporations, Partnerships, and Agency
  • Creditor’s Rights
  • Practice and Procedure
  • Equity
  • No-Fault Insurance
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Domestic Relations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • All MBE Subjects

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts and Sales
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Property
  • Torts
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Thomas Cooley Law School

Heidi was unsuccessful twice with Barbri before enrolling in tutoring.

“Well, the one thing I did do differently was not use Barbri… I used the AmeriBar materials and had the one-on-one tutorial for the essays. I do think it probably made a large difference in how I handled and approached my essays.”

Michigan Bar Exam Statewide Pass Rates

Exam DateFirstRepeatTotal
July 201778%55%73%
February 201767%32%49%
July 201677%27%66%
February 201671%58%65%
July 201572%24%62%
February 201571%43%58%
July 201473%22%63%
February 201471%58%65%
July 201369%29%62%
February 201368%54%62%

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