Michigan Bar Exam details

A typical Michigan Bar Exam is a 2-day exam

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.

Day 1

  • 15 Michigan Essay Exam questions (nine in three hours in the AM, 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)


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

Michigan Essay Subjects

  • Agency
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporations
  • Creditors' Rights (including Mortgages, Garnishments, and Attachments)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Domestic Relations
  • Equity
  • Evidence
  • MI Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Partnerships
  • Practice and Procedure (Trial and Appellate, State and Federal)
  • Real and Personal Property
  • Torts (including No-Fault)
  • Trusts
  • Uniform Commercial Code (Negotiable Instruments, Sales, Secured Transactions)
  • Wills
  • Workers' Compensation


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

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The essay score is scaled to the MBE.

  • MBE weighted 50%
  • Essays weighted 50%

A total score of 135 is required to pass the Michigan Bar Exam.

Acceptance of MBE Score

Applicants may transfer an MBE score earned in the preceding three years from a reciprocal jurisdiction provided that the applicant passed the entire bar exam in which that MBE score was earned. 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.

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 (Feb 2023)

Applicants who have obtained a scaled score meeting the minimum passing score requirement for MI on a Uniform Bar Exam taken in another jurisdiction within the preceding three years may apply for admission based on that score. Additional requirements apply.

Michigan Law Component (Feb 2023)

A Michigan Law Component course may be required for admission by UBE exam, UBE Score Transfer, or admission without examination. It has not yet been determined if a Michigan Law Component will be required.  

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