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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.

 

NEWS

 


 

The February 2018 bar exam will be held at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan. Directions and additional information will be included in the February 2018 exam admission packets, which are mailed the first week of February. 

 

 

  

New Requirements for Bar Exam Essay Appeals

 

Appeal instructions are sent with the exam results of unsuccessful applicants. Please note that the Board is implementing additional requirements for those filing an appeal of their essay exam bar results. The instructions have been updated to include the following information:


An appeal of an essay question score shall total no more than five pages per each question. The appeal must lead with the score received for the question and the score the appellant is seeking. Do not restate the question and the facts. Any appeal of a question exceeding the five page limit will be rejected.


Appeals must adhere to MCR 7.212(B) Form of Briefs for font size, margins, and spacing. Quotations and footnotes may be single spaced, however, excessive use of footnotes should not be used in an attempt to circumvent the page limit. The only appendices permitted are the applicant’s original essay answer and the typed answer if the original was handwritten. Any appeal of a question not conforming to these requirements will be rejected.

 

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.

 

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.

 

RESOURCES

 

Board of Law Examiners

925 W. Ottawa Street

Lansing, MI 48913

Phone: (517) 373‒4453

BLE-Info@courts.mi.gov

 

Maribeth Preston

Executive Director

Sonia L. Allen

Program Coordinator