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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 prohibited from February 2017 Bar Examination

Over the past few days, issues involving the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and ExamSoft security features have been brought to our attention by ExamSoft.  These computers went on the market in late November/early December 2016.


The MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is NOT compatible with the security software for the upcoming bar examination. If anyone downloaded the software for the February 2017 Bar Examination on a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, you must re-install the software on a compatible computer.   ExamSoft will not charge for the additional download.  Please contact ExamSoft’s Support Line at 1-866-429-8889 so their technicians can process your re-download request.


If anyone brings this particular computer into the exam room, it will be removed from your desk and you will be required to handwrite the exam.


Notice of Board of Law Examiner’s Fee Increases - Effective August 1, 2016​
Notice of New Venue for the February 21 & 22, 2017 Bar Examination: The February 2017 Bar Examination will be administered at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan. Local hotel and parking information will be sent with Exam Admission Packets. Parking at the Lansing Center is limited, so please plan ahead to allow ample time to find appropriate parking.

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.



Board of Law Examiners

925 W. Ottawa Street

Lansing, MI 48913

Phone: (517) 373‒4453


Maribeth Preston

Executive Director

Sonia L. Allen

Program Coordinator