Michigan Bar Exam

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Michigan Board of Law Examiners

925 West Ottawa
P.O. Box 30104
Lansing, MI 48915
Telephone: (517) 373-4453

Website: www.michbar.org


The Michigan Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

Day 1: 15 essay questions

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200 question, multiple-choice exam.


MBE Subjects: 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Michigan Essay Subjects:

  • Agency
  • Commercial Paper
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Corporations
  • Creditors’ Rights
  • Equity
  • MI Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Domestic Relations
  • Insurance (No-Fault)
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Property
  • Practice & Procedure (State & Federal)
  • Sales
  • Secured Transactions
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • plus all MBE subjects


The Michigan Bar Exam is administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July in Lansing, MI.

2014 Winter:  February 25 and 26

2014 Summer: July 29 and 30


Application must be filed by November 1st for the February exam and March 1st for the July exam. Late applications accepted until December 15th for the February exam and May 15th for the July exam with late fees ($100 exam and $100 investigation). Applications must be obtained online at www.michbar.org with payment of $21.

Exam Fee: $340

Investigation Fee: $225

Fingerprint Fee: $49.25

Admission on motion: Call the Board of Law Examiners for exact fees.

All fees are subject to change.


Take Appropriate Steps To Ensure Timely Delivery: Your application is one of thousands that will be sent to the same office address. Use Certified Mail with Return Receipt Requested or other appropriate verifiable means (e.g., FedEx, UPS) when sending all correspondence to the bar examiners so that you have proof regarding when your application was postmarked, when it arrived and who received it.  Check with the state bar examiner’s office before sending your application regarding what types of delivery they will accept.

Payment:  Application fees are generally non-refundable. Verify acceptable forms of payment with your state (i.e., no personal checks).  If you apply to take the bar exam, pay all fees and subsequently withdraw, you must contact the Bar Examiners. You may have to submit a new application, a new filing fee and new copies of related documents in order to sit for the exam at a future date.

Employment History:  Many states’ bar applications require information regarding your past employment since the age of 18 (i.e., name and address of employer, reason for leaving). Begin compiling a list of employers and their current addresses so that you have this information for your application.

Character References:  Many states’ bar applications require a list of persons who can attest to your good character. Begin compiling a list of non-relatives who have known you for at least two (2) years who can vouch for your integrity.

Driver Abstracts:  Some bar applications require you to produce a Driver’s Abstract from all states in which you were licenced to drive. Contact the Division of Motor Vehicles in each state and request the most complete abstract of your driving record that is available.

Fingerprints:  In some states you must submit your fingerprints on a special card with your exam application.   Have your fingerprints rolled by a professional law enforcement officer onto the forms provided by the bar examiners.


MBE and essay scores are averaged in order to determine if applicant had achieved a passing score. A combined score of 135 or above is necessary to pass the examination. Results are generally released in mid-May for the February exam and mid-November for the July exam.


Admission on Motion: An applicant may be admitted without exam if intends to practice in Michigan, has practiced 3 of 5 years immediately preceding application, and is a graduate of an ABA accredited law school.

Acceptance of MBE Score: An applicant may transfer previous MBE scaled score from another jurisdiction if within three years and from reciprocal state. Applicant must have passed entire exam of which MBE was part.

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