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Michigan Bar Exam Information

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Michigan Bar Exam Overview

The Michigan Bar Exam consists of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) and 15 essay questions.

Michigan Essays

The Michigan Essay portion of the exam consists of 15 essay questions prepared by or under the supervision of the Board of Law Examiners or by law professors selected by the Board.

Subjects that may be tested on the essay portion include the following: Real and Personal Property, Wills and Trusts, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Corporations, Partnerships, and Agency, Evidence, Creditor's Rights (including mortgages, garnishments, and attachments), Practice and Procedure (trial and appellate, state and federal), Equity, Torts (including no-fault), The sales, negotiable instruments, and secured transactions articles of the Uniform Commercial Code, Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct, Domestic Relations, Conflicts of Laws, and Worker's Compensation

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

The MBE, which is administered on Wednesday, is developed and graded by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).

This portion of the examination is an objective 6-hour examination containing 200 multiple-choice questions, which is divided into two 3-hour sessions during which 100 questions are administered.

The MBE tests 7 subjects: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts


NCBE scores the MBE component of the exam.

Michigan total scores are reported on a 200-point scale and a passing score of 135 is required in Michigan.

  • MBE: 50%
  • Essays: 50%

Required MPRE Score: 85


Results for the February exam are typically released in mid-May.

Results for the July exam are typically released in mid-November.


MBE Score Transfer

Michigan does allow for the transfer of MBE Scores

Admission on Motion

Michigan does allow for admission on motion
Application for Admission on Motion fee: $800

Contact Information

Michigan Board of Law Examiners
925 West Ottawa
P.O. Box 30104
Lansing, MI 48915
Phone: 517-373-4453
Fax: 602-452-4453


The Michigan Bar Exam is a 2-day exam administered twice a year, with the MBE given on the last Wednesday of February and July and the MI Exam given on the Tuesday prior to that.

Tue 9 Essays (3 hours) 6 Essays (2 hours)
Wed 100 MBE Questions (3 hours) 100 MBE Questions (3 hours)

Subjects Tested

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Essay Subjects

  • Real and Personal Property
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Contracts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Corporations, Partnerships, and Agency
  • Evidence
  • Creditor's Rights, including mortgages, garnishments, and attachments
  • Practice and Procedure, trial and appellate, state and federal
  • Equity
  • Torts (including no-fault)
  • The sales, negotiable instruments, and secured transactions articles of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Domestic Relations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Worker's Compensation

Filing Deadlines & Fees

July 2019

Timely Filing: March 1, 2019
Late Filing: May 15, 2019

Exam fee: $400.00
Laptop Computer fee: varies
Late filing fee: $500

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