Michigan Hall of Justice
P.O. Box 30052
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 373-4453
Dear Prospective Applicant:
Please review a copy of the Rules for the Board of Law Examiners, fill out the application for admission as an attorney without examination, and fill out a Request for Preparation of a Character Report. Applicants seeking a "special certificate" under Rule 5(D) should note that these directions and forms are the same as those utilized by applicants seeking unrestricted admission without examination. All completed forms should be returned to the Board's administrative office at the address listed above.
Before proceeding with the application, read carefully the requirements of Rule 5, noting particularly the practice requirements. Attorneys seeking admission on motion must also prove to the satisfaction of the Board that they intend in good faith either to maintain an office in this state for the practice of law, and to practice actively in this state, or to engage in the teaching of law as a full-time instructor in a reputable and qualified law school duly incorporated under the laws of this state.
When returning the completed documents to the Board's administrative office, remember to send a money order in the amount of $600 payable to the "State of Michigan" and a money order in the amount of $375 payable to the "National Conference of Bar Examiners", as the application cannot be processed prior to receipt of these fees. Please note that the Board of Law Examiners has no authority to refund fees even if you withdraw your application for admission without examination.
Admission pursuant to Board approval of an application under Rule 5(A) is in a circuit court and there is a $25 motion fee at the time of admission. Following admission one must become an active member of the State Bar of Michigan, which requires the payment of annual dues. The State Bar's telephone number is: (517) 346-6300.
Because of many factors, some beyond the control of the Board, an application usually takes four months to process.
Questions relating to applications can be directed to the Board at the above address or telephone.