The State Board of Law Examiners (BLE) was created by the Michigan Legislature to oversee the investigation and examination of persons who apply for admission to the State Bar. The BLE administers the Michigan Bar Examination twice a year, in February and July, and then releases the exam results. The office also processes applications for recertification from attorneys who have been on inactive status for more than three years and wish to resume active practice in Michigan. Board members are nominated by the Supreme Court and appointed by the Governor for five-year terms. The Clerk of the Supreme Court is the assistant secretary and treasurer.
NOTICE: MacBook Pro
with Touch Bar permitted at the July 2017 Bar Examination
regarding the use of the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar have been resolved. For the
upcoming July 2017 bar examination, applicants taking the exam on a laptop may
use the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.
Bar Examination Essay Topics - Examinees must be knowledgeable about all essay topics listed
in Board of Law Examiners Rule 3. The
Board may test on any of these areas of Michigan law.
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BLE Announces Improved Scoring System for Michigan Bar Examination
Summary: Improving Michigan Bar Examination Scoring System (pdf)
The new system best ensures the examination’s validity and reliability across administrations by providing for a more accurate determination of whether applicants have demonstrated a specified level of competence in Michigan law necessary for the protection of the public.