Michigan Bar Exam (UBE) details
A typical Michigan Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)
Michigan Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Beginning February 2023, Michigan will administer the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). Please verify more with the Michigan Board of Law Examiners.
Please also reference the NCBE Covid-19 updates page for NCBE updates and individual jurisdiction announcements.
- Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the AM)
- Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the PM)
- Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM)
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law/Procedure
- Federal Civil Procedure
- Real Property
- Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations; and Limited Liability Companies)
- Conflict of Laws
- Family Law
- Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
- Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code
- Plus all MBE subjects
- “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 Michigan bar.
The MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE.
- MBE weighted 50%
- MEE weighted 30%
- MPT weighted 20%
A total scaled score of 268 or higher is required to pass the Michigan Bar Exam.
Acceptance of MBE Score
Prior to adopting the UBE, MI allowed the transfer of MBE scores from other jurisdictions. At the time of this publication, it is unknown if this policy will change with the adoption of the UBE exam. Please contact the MI Board of Law Examiners for the most up to date information.
Admission on Motion
A member in good standing of another U.S. state or territory may be admitted on motion in Michigan if the applicant has engaged in the active practice of law for three of the five years preceding application. Additional requirements apply.
Admission by UBE Score Transfer
Michigan Law Basics
Bar examinees and UBE score transfer applicants are required to complete the Michigan Law Basics online training as a condition for admission. The Michigan Law Basics training will consist of engaging video-based guidance, demonstrations and expert overview for six practice areas: Civil Litigation; Criminal Law; Family Law; Probate and Estate Planning; Real Property; and Torts and No-Fault.
Applicants are not graded on the training but are required to correctly answer the questions in each lesson. After successful completion of all modules, applicants will receive a certificate of completion for transmittal to the BLE.
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