Ultimate Guide to Michigan State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to Michigan bar exam prep.

Pass Rates · Bar Review Courses · Format · Essay Topics · Schedule · Dates · Location · Application Fees & Deadlines · What to Bring · Scores & Grading · Results · Reciprocity · Law Schools · Groups · Other Resources · Other Jurisdictions

*Updated January 2024

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Michigan State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The State Bar of Michigan was started in 1935.

Michigan is one of 40+ jurisdictions that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). Michigan will first administer the UBE in February 2023; until then it will administer a state-specific exam, which includes the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the uniform multiple-choice component. Michigan also requires the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).

Michigan State Bar Exam Pass Rates

July 2023 (651 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 55%
First-Time Pass Rate: 68%
Repeat Pass Rate: 16%

February 2023 (337 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 35%
First-Time Pass Rate: 45%
Repeat Pass Rate: 25%

July 2021 (646 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 64%
First-Time Pass Rate: 75%
Repeat Pass Rate: 23%

February 2021 (312 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 48%
First-Time Pass Rate: 63%
Repeat Pass Rate: 34%

Michigan Bar Review Courses

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NCBE Questions 1,750+ 100+ 1,350+ 1,200+ 1,400+ 1,700+
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250+ Mnemonics
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Michigan Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the UBE?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is administered twice each year in Missouri (in February and July). The examination is administered over two days in four, three-hour sessions. The UBE has three parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).


The MBE is a six-hour test and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test your understanding across seven subjects. Your MBE score comprises 50% of your overall UBE score.

Watch Crushendo’s free MBE tips video.


The MEE consists of six 30-minute legal essays. The MEE makes up 30% of your score.

Essay topics may include the following: Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Property, Secured Transactions, Torts, Trusts, Unincorporated Business Entities, Wills and Estates, etc.

Crushendo offers the most recent MEE questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used. Watch Crushendo’s free MEE tips video.


The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. The MPT makes up 20% of your score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used. Watch Crushendo’s free MPT tips video.

What’s the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination?

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) tests your understanding of established standards of conduct for lawyers. The MPRE is administered three times each year (in March, August, and November). The test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and is two hours long. Check out this MPRE Tips video!

Upcoming Bar Exam Schedule, Dates, Location


Morning Afternoon
Day 1 Essays (3 hours) Essays (3 hours)
Day 2 MBE (3 hours) MBE (3 hours)


  • July 30–31, 2024
  • February 25–26, 2025


Michigan Bar Exam Application

Are you interested in taking the Michigan State bar exam? Here’s some basic information on applying to take the Michigan bar exam.

Michigan State Bar Admissions Office

Physical address:

Michigan Board of Bar Examiners
P.O. Box 30052
Lansing, MI 48909


Phone: 517-373-4453
Fax: 517-373-5038
Email: BLE-info@courts.mi.gov

Michigan Bar Exam: What to Bring

Allowed Items

  • Admission Certificate
  • Government-issued photo I.D.
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • Earplugs (not the big earphone/headphone type)
  • Pens, pencils, and erasers
  • Medication and medical items
  • Facial tissue
  • One clear plastic bottle of water per exam session, the contents must also be clear

Prohibited items

  • Any item that can connect to the internet
  • Any item that can record audio or video
  • Backpacks
  • Books
  • Briefcases
  • Calculators
  • Cameras
  • Notes
  • Phones
  • Food or drink
  • Purses
  • Radios
  • Rulers
  • Scratch papers
  • Study materials
  • Watches

Michigan Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the bar in Michigan is 135. Scores of the three tests comprising the bar are weighted as follows:

  • MBE = 50% of your total score
  • Michigan Essays = 50% of your total score

*A passing score for the MPRE in Michigan is 85/150.


Michigan Bar Review Course

Crushendo’s comprehensive UBE Suite comes with everything you need to crush the Michigan bar exam.

  • MBE, MEE, and MPT Prep
  • 250+ Proprietary Mnemonics
  • 1,750+ Licensed NCBE Questions
  • Audio Attack Outlines
  • Audio Flashcards
  • Lifetime Access

Michigan Bar Exam Results

View pass lists for Michigan:

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my Michigan bar exam results released?

Michigan bar exam results are usually posted six to nine weeks after the exam date.

Can I see my Michigan bar exam score?

If you passed the Michigan bar exam, you won’t be able to see your score. If you failed the exam, you will receive your written examination back.

Can I appeal to have my Michigan bar exam re-graded?

Yes. You can appeal 20 days after receiving your results. You must appeal specific essays or briefs, and often licensed attorneys help test takers appeal their bar.

How many times can I take the bar exam in Michigan?

You can take the Michigan bar without limit.

Michigan Bar Exam Reciprocity

Michigan has reciprocity with all other states and territories in the US. Attorneys applying to the Michigan bar must meet the following reciprocity requirements:

  • Actively practice law for three of the last five years
  • Certificate of Good Character and Fitness

Law Schools in Michigan

Here’s a list of law schools in Michigan.

Wayne State University Law School

University of Michigan Law School

  • Founded: 1859
  • Located: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Enrollment: about 1,025
  • Tuition Cost: $32,263 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 94%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.umich.edu

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Michigan State University College of Law

  • Founded: 1891
  • Located: East Lansing, MI
  • Enrollment: about 700
  • Tuition Cost: $45,638 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 77%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.msu.edu

Thomas M. Cooley College of Law

  • Founded: 1972
  • Located: Lansing, MI
  • Enrollment: about 1,150
  • Tuition Cost: $22,800 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 36%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: cooley.edu

Helpful Groups

Here are some Facebook groups you may find helpful before, and after, passing the bar exam:

Wayne State University School of Law

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Michigan State University College of Law

Thomas M. Cooley College of Law