Michigan Bar Examination

Bar Exam Information

NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice.

Please verify with bar examiner’s office.


2021: February 23 – 24, July 27 – 28

The Michigan Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

Day 1: Fifteen Michigan Essay Exam questions (nine in three hours in the AM and six in two hours in the PM).

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM).

Michigan Board of Law Examiners

Michigan Hall of Justice, 4th Floor
925 W. Ottawa Street
Lansing, MI 48913

Phone: (517) 373‒4453
Fax: (517) 373-5038

Email: BLE-Info@courts.mi.gov

Web: www.courts.mi.gov/courts/michigansupremecourt/ble/pages/default.aspx

Bar Exam Location

Lansing Center
333 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Subjects Tested

Multistate Performance Test “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

A scaled score of 85 is required for admission to the bar.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Applications must be filed electronically by November 1 for the February exam and by March 1 for the July exam. Late application deadlines, with an additional fee, are December 15 for the February exam and May 15 for the July exam.

Bar Exam Application Fee: $400

On-Motion Application Fee: $800

Late fee: $100


The essay score is scaled to the MBE with each weighted at 50% and a total score of 135 is required to pass.


Acceptance of MBE Score

Applicants may transfer a MBE score provided that the applicant passed the entire bar exam of which that MBE was a part within the last three years and was administered in a jurisdiction that has reciprocity with Michigan. In states that accept transfers from concurrent exams only, a transfer only from a concurrent exam will be accepted. All applicants are required to sit for the essay portion of the Michigan exam and must achieve a passing score as determined by a combination of the scores of the two portions of the exam, regardless of the MBE transferred score.

Admission on Motion

May be admitted on motion if applicant has engaged in active practice of law for three of five years preceding application and is a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. For complete details contact the Michigan Board of Law Examiners.

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