Michigan tests 15 essays. Subjects include:
MBE (Multiple Choice)
Michigan uses the standard MBE. Subjects include:
MBE Score Transfer
Michigan accepts MBE scores from other jurisdictions based on reciprocity (transferring state must accept MBE score from MI). Michigan accepts MBE scores for concurrent exams only if the transferring jurisdiction is a “concurrent exam only” state. For all other MBE transfer states, the score must be achieved within 3 years (6 exams) and the applicant must have passed the entire bar exam in the transferring state. Applicants must notify the Michigan Board of Law Examiners of the intent to transfer an MBE score by December 15 for the February exam and by May 15 for the July exam.
Day 1 (Tuesday)
Morning – 9 Michigan Essays
Afternoon – 6 Michigan Essays
Day 2 (Wednesday)
Morning – MBE Part I (100 questions; 3 hours)
Afternoon – MBE Part II (100 questions; 3 hours)
The Michigan bar exam is held on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. Applications can be found on the State Bar of Michigan’s Website.
|Exam Date||Application Deadline||Late Deadline|
|February 21-24, 2017||Nov. 1||Dec. 15|
|July 25-26, 2017||March 1||May 15|
Michigan Bar Exam Weight
Each essay question has a 10 possible points for a total of 150 points possible. The MBE is worth 200 points.
4/3 (Total Essay Score) + MBE Scale Score/2 = Combined Scaled Score
The minimum passing score is a combined scaled score of 135. Bar exam results are released in mid-May for the February exam and mid-November for the July exam.
Not currently available.
Review and Appeal for Applicants Failing the Michigan Bar Exam
Only unsuccessful applicants may obtain their essay answers.
Within 30 days of when the bar exam results are released, applicants may ask the Board to reconsider the applicant’s essay grades. Applicants must file with the Assistant Secretary two copies of the request, the answer given in the applicant’s blue books, and an explanation why the applicant deserves a higher grade.
Applicants reapplying to take the Michigan bar exam are required to file an application at least 60 days before the bar exam. If the applicant’s clearance is more than three years old, the Character and Fitness Committee must reapprove the applicant. Unsuccessful applicants will receive an application to reapply with the bar exam results. Applicants may take the Michigan bar exam an unlimited number of times.