Michigan Bar Exam (UBE) details

A typical Michigan Bar Exam is a 2-day exam

Michigan Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the Michigan Board of Law Examiners.

You may also reference the NCBE July 2020 bar exam jurisdiction information page.

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)

MBE

  • 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

MPRE

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

Click here to learn more about the MPRE

The essay score is scaled to the MBE.

  • MBE weighted 50%
  • Essays weighted 50%

A total score of 135 is required to pass.

Acceptance of MBE Score

Applicant may transfer an MBE score provided that the applicant passed the entire bar exam of which that MBE was a part within the last three years and the exam 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 Bar 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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