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​The Bar Applicant Kit (available from the State Bar of Michigan: www.michbar.org) includes both an application to sit for the exam and forms to provide information that is the basis for investigation of the applicant by the State Bar Committee on Character and Fitness. Upon receipt by the State Bar, the two sections are separated and the Committee process and the Board of Law Examiners' processing of the exam application then proceed at the same time. Detailed instructions are mailed to applicants well in advance of the examination dates. In the usual course, passers of the examination may expect certification by the Board as soon as the results are released, but only unofficial results are released to applicants whose certification must await either a Character and Fitness clearance or a passing score on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. Applicants lacking certification of law school graduation do not receive even unofficial results until such certification is received by the Board.

1. Questions About the Application Process
  

​Information can be obtained from the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. (www.ncbex.org) The application for the MPRE may be available at a Michigan law school or by calling 319-337-1287. For records call 319-337-1304.

1. Questions About the Application Process
  

​​The first week of the month of the exam you will receive an admission certificate. Applicants receiving special accommodations usually receive their tickets the second week of the month of the exam. You must have this document in order to be admitted to the exam.

1. Questions About the Application Process
  

​​Board of Law Examiners Rules 1 and 2 set out the general requirements.

2. Questions About the Bar Examination
  

​If an applicant has taken the Multistate portion of the exam in another state, is there provision for transfer of the score?

 

If the other state accepts transfer of MBE scores from exams administered in Michigan, a passing MBE score obtained within three years might transfer from that state. In the case of states that accept transfers from "concurrent examinations only," a transfer only from a concurrent examination will be accepted. The applicant is still required to sit for the essay portion of the Michigan examination and must achieve a passing score as determined by a combination of the scores of the two portions of the examination. See MCL 600.934(3). The necessary form can be downloaded from the State Bar of Michigan's website: http://www.michbar.org/professional/pdfs/F2.pdf.  
 
In addition to having the other jurisdiction certify the information to the Board, the applicant must also notify the Board of Law Examiners (not the State Bar of Michigan) by letter—fax and email are not accepted—to the Board of Law Examiners, P.O. Box 30052, Lansing, MI 48909, of the applicant’s intent to transfer his or her MBE score, no later than May 15 for the July examination and December 15 for the February examination.  This written notice of intent to transfer an MBE score is a necessary precondition to perfect the applicant’s right to transfer an MBE score to Michigan.

2. Questions About the Bar Examination
  

​Are special exam accommodations available for those with disabilities or medical conditions?

​Special accommodations are available on a showing that the applicant has a disability or medical condition warranting such accommodations. The Board employs the Americans With Disabilities Act standard, i.e., that a person is disabled if that individual has "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual." See Gonzales v National Board of Medical Examiners, 225 F3d 620 (CA 6, 2000). A "Special Accommodations Questionnaire and Affidavit" is available from the Board. The request must be filed not later than May 15 for the July examination and not later than December 15 for the February examination.

2. Questions About the Bar Examination
  

​What is the passing score on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and for how long is it valid? 

 

The passing score is currently 85.  That score is valid indefinitely.

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​When is the Michigan bar examination and what are the deadlines for filing an application?

 

The bar examination is offered twice a year, on the final Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. An application must be filed by November 1 for the February examination, or March 1 for the July examination. Late applications will be accepted until December 15 for the February examination, or May 15 for the July examination. Late applications must be accompanied by an additional $100 fee. Bar application forms and instructions are available on the State Bar of Michigan's website.

2. Questions About the Bar Examination
  

​​As soon as you decide to delay taking the exam, send the Board of Law Examiners a letter by U.S. Mail stating you wish to transfer your application to a future exam.  If you have already received your admission certificate, return that original with your letter.  Fees already paid are not refunded.  To transfer to a future exam there is a transfer fee.  That fee is currently $100.  When you send your letter you do not need to state to which exam you wish to transfer or send the transfer fee.  You also do not need to state a reason for the transfer.  When you decide which future exam you are going to take, send the Board a letter saying you had applied, for example, for the February 2011 exam and wish to transfer your application to, for example, the February 2012 exam.  Include the $100 fee (money order) at that time.  The filing deadline is 60 days before the exam you wish to sit for.

2. Questions About the Bar Examination
  

​You may purchase copies of prior exams and model answers. The cost is $10 per exam (money order or certified funds - make payable to the "State of Michigan"). Requests must be made in writing.

2. Questions About the Bar Examination
  

​Yes, but only if you were unsuccessful on the bar examination. See Question 13 for further information. Answers are not returned to those who passed the examination.

2. Questions About the Bar Examination
  

​Examination results are generally released in mid-November for the July exam and mid-May for the February exam. Results are not given out over the telephone, so please do not call to inquire about your results.

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​​If you fail the exam, you will receive with your results information describing the appeal process and the applicable deadlines. Read this information carefully. An application for re-examination will also be included with your results. A re-application fee of $240 is charged. Applications for re-examination must be filed at least sixty (60) days before the examination. If you failed the examination, you may send a written request for copies of your answers. The cost is $20 (money order or certified funds). With those answers you will also receive a copy of the questions and model answers. Pursuant to Board of Law Examiners Rule 4, if the applicant's character and fitness clearance is more than three years old, the applicant must again be approved by the State Bar Committee on Character and Fitness.

2. Questions About the Bar Examination
  

​No.

2. Questions About the Bar Examination
  

​Pursuant to Board of Law Examiners Rule 3, the examination consists of the Multistate Bar Examination prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and administered on dates and under regulations set by the Conference. The second portion of the exam consists of 15 essay questions prepared by or under the supervision of the Board or by law professors selected by the Board, on these subjects:

(a)  Real and Personal Property
(b)  Wills and Trusts
(c)  Contracts
(d)  Constitutional Law
(e)  Criminal Law and Procedure
(f)   Corporations, Partnerships, and Agency
(g)  Evidence
(h)  Creditor's Rights, including mortgages, garnishments, and attachments
(i)   Practice and Procedure, trial and appellate, state and federal
(j)   Equity
(k)  Torts (including no-fault)
(l)   The sales, negotiable instruments, and secured transactions articles of the Uniform Commercial Code
(m) Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct
(n)  Domestic Relations
(o)  Conflicts of Laws
(p)  Worker's Compensation

2. Questions About the Bar Examination
  
Each essay question has 10 possible points for a total of 150 possible points on the essay portion of the exam.  There are 200 possible points on the Multistate (MBE) portion of the exam.  A combined score of 135 or above is necessary to pass the exam using the following formula: 
 
 
Combined score = [equated essay score + MBE score] / 2
 
 
where the equated essay score is the score resulting from the linking of the raw essay score to the MBE scale using linear equating adjusted for the relative difficulty of the two portions of the bar exam as measured by the difference in the mean scores on the MBE scale for each portion of the exam averaged over six exam administrations. 
2. Questions About the Bar Examination
  

​Yes. Information about using a laptop for the essay portion of the exam can be found in the Computer-Based Testing Information document.

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​The Board makes no recommendation regarding bar review courses.

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​​No, but you can be given a breakdown on how you performed on each area of law.

Requests should be made in writing to the Board of Law Examiners at P.O. Box 30052, Lansing, Michigan 48909. Please Include the date of the examination and your seat number. 

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​​In September 2005, the Board of Law Examiners adopted a very strict security policy. To view the security policy, click the "Rules, Statutes, and Policy Statements" tab in the left-hand navigation on this page.

2. Questions About the Bar Examination
  

​To view the policy the Board adopted, click the "Rules, Statutes, and Policy Statements" tab in the left-hand navigation on this page. The conduct policy is listed at the bottom of the page.

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​A recent amendment to State Bar Rule 15 sec 1 (17) and (18) now sets the waiting period at two years, reserving to the Standing Committee on Character and Fitness and the Board of Law Examiners the power to lengthen the period to as long as 5 years.

3. Questions About Character and Fitness
  

​Questions about the character and fitness process should be directed to the State Bar of Michigan at (517) 367-6510 or 346-6300.

3. Questions About Character and Fitness
  

​Unless new information is received, your clearance is valid for three years.

3. Questions About Character and Fitness
  

​No. The Board is not required by the rules to permit anyone to sit for an examination pending the fulfillment of those requirements. As a matter of grace the Board has permitted applicants to sit for one and only one examination pending character and fitness and MPRE clearances.

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​Must an applicant be a U.S. citizen or resident in order to be certified for admission?

 

No, however, there is a requirement that applicants have a J.D. degree from a reputable and qualified law school incorporated in the United States.

4. Questions About Admission to the Bar
  

​I have been an inactive member of the State Bar for 3+ years. What role does the Board play in my return to active practice?

 

State Bar Rule 3 (B)(2) provides that one inactive for more than 3 years must obtain "a certificate from the Board of Law Examiners that the member possesses sufficient ability and learning in the law to enable the member to properly practice as an attorney and counselor in Michigan." Applications for recertification are available through the Board offices.

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​Is an LLM from an ABA-approved law school sufficient to allow me to sit for the Michigan bar examination?

 

No. Board of Law Examiners Rule 2, inter alia , requires applicants to have a J.D. from a reputable and qualified law school incorporated in the United States or its territories.

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​Once I pass the exam & am certified for admission, what do I have to do to practice law in Michigan?

 

The applicant must appear and present the Board of Law Examiners certification to the Supreme Court or one of the circuit courts , and upon motion made in open court by a licensed lawyer, the court will enter an order admitting the applicant to the Michigan bar. After being admitted to the bar by the court, the applicant must then complete an application for membership in the State Bar of Michigan, enclosing payment of the required dues. By return mail, the applicant will receive a membership card bearing a license number. Registration with the State Bar of Michigan and payment of bar dues is the final step in becoming authorized to practice law before the state courts of Michigan.

4. Questions About Admission to the Bar
  

​After you have applied for membership in the State Bar of Michigan and paid the required dues, you will receive by return mail a membership card bearing your license number.

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