Wayne State University

Bar exam information

Photo of Sarah Garrison chatting with studentsWayne Law is committed to helping our students succeed in law school and pass the bar examination. We believe this journey starts in your first year of law school, as students begin to master the first-year law courses, and continues through the middle and final years at Wayne Law. Our programs are designed to provide additional bar support, using diagnostic exams to predict areas that students should focus on as well as free programs to enhance essay writing skills.

In addition to our programs, we provide expert individual advice and guidance. Wayne Law students graduate with the tools and support to start bar examination preparation and ultimately to be successful in the bar exam.

Student Affairs encourages students to begin preliminary bar preparation in their first year. Sarah Garrison, director of academic success and bar preparation, can help students create a bar exam plan for each of their years at Wayne Law.  

Michigan Bar Exam

The Michigan Bar Exam is a two-day exam  on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July. The first day consists of 15 essays on Michigan law. The second day is the Multistate Bar Exam, 200-question, multiple-choice exam. Additional information about the bar exam can be obtained from Student Affairs.

Day 1: Michigan essay topics – Agency, Commercial Paper, Conflict of Laws, Corporations, Creditors' Rights, Equity, Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct, Domestic Relations, Insurance (no-fault), Partnerships, Personal Property, Practice and Procedure (State and Federal), Sales, Secured Transactions, Wills & Trusts, Workers' Compensation, plus all Multistate Bar Exam subjects.

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (multiple choice) topics – Constitutional Law, Contracts/Sales, Criminal Law/Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts.

Note: Civil Procedure will be added in 2015.

Application, fees and deadline information are on the State Bar of Michigan (character and fitness and personal history information) and Michigan Board of Law Examiners (examination application and FAQs) websites.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam is a two-hour-and-five-minute test consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The exam tests your knowledge and understanding of the ethical standards of the legal profession chronicled in the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Model Code of Judicial Conduct.

The exam is offered nationwide each March, August and November, and most students take the exam sometime after their second year of law school. Passing exam scores vary by jurisdiction but are transferable between states as long as the score requirement can be met. Michigan requires that a student pass the exam with a score of 85 to be admitted to the Michigan bar.

Application, fees and deadline information are the National Conference of Bar Examiners website.

Planning on taking the bar outside Michigan?

List of bar exam agencies by jurisdiction

The links in the list will lead you to information and instructions on the application and character and fitness process, fees, as well as applicable deadlines for each state.

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