Michigan Bar Exam Information

Michigan Bar Exam Information

Michigan Board of Law Examiners
Michigan Hall of Justice, 4th Floor
925 W. Ottawa Street
Lansing, MI 48913
(517) 373-4453

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Subjects and Topics Tested

The Michigan bar exam tests the following MBE and Michigan Essay subjects:

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure (Federal)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including U.C.C. Art. 2 – Sales)
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Michigan Essay Subjects

  • Agency & Partnership
  • Corporations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Domestic Relations
  • Secured Transactions (U.C.C. Article 9)
  • Negotiable Instruments (U.C.C. Article 3)
  • Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Creditor’s Rights (incl. mortgages, garnishments & attachments)
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Equity
  • Worker’s Compensation

Application Filing Deadlines and Fees

July 2017 Exam
Filing Deadline: March 1
Late Filing Deadline: May 15

February 2018 Exam
Filing Deadline: November 1
Late Filing Deadline: December 15

Application Fees
Non-attorneys: $625
Attorneys: $625
Repeaters: $300

Laptop Fee: Varies

Scoring and Grading

A passing score on the Michigan bar exam is 135 on a 200-point scale, which is based on the combined weighted scores of the MBE and the 15 Michigan essay questions. The MBE is worth 200 points, and each essay is worth 10 points for a total of 150 points.

Bar Exam Dates

The Michigan bar exam is administered twice per year – once in February and once in July.

Upcoming Exams

2017: July 25-26

2018: February 27-28 and July 24-25

Bar Exam Results

Michigan bar exam results are typically released in mid-November for the July exam and mid-May for the February exam.

Bar Exam Format

The Michigan bar exam includes the written portion on day one, and the MBE on day two.

During the 3-hour morning session, 9 Michigan essay questions are administered. During the 2-hour afternoon session, 6 additional Michigan essay questions are administered.

100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour morning session, and 100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour afternoon session.


The Michigan Bar allows admission by motion so long as the applicant meets several requirements, including: practicing law 3 of the last 5 years as a principal occupation; or been employed as a full-time instructor at a reputable and qualified law school; or been on active duty in the United States armed forces as a judge advocate, legal specialist, or legal officer.

Jurisdiction rules and policies change. Be sure to consult the jurisdiction’s bar admission agency directly for the most current info.



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