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MBE (Multi-State Bar Examination)

    If an applicant has taken the Multi-state portion of the exam in another state, is there provision for transfer of the score? If the other state accepts transfer of MBE scores written in Michigan, a passing MBE score obtained within three years may transfer from that state. The applicant is still required to sit for the essay portion of the Michigan examination and must achieve a passing score as determined by a combination of the scores of the two portions of the examination. See MCL 600.934(3).

    Transferring MBE score to Michigan from another jurisdiction:

    You may transfer the scaled MBE score you achieved in another jurisdiction during the immediately preceding three years. The other jurisdiction must certify to the BLE:

    • the date you took the MBE
    • that you passed the entire bar examination of which that MBE was a part
    • the MBE scaled score you achieved
    • that the jurisdiction that administered that MBE affords a reciprocal transfer right to Michigan residents seeking admission to the bar of that jurisdiction

    You are responsible for having information from another jurisdiction certified to the BLE. Use Form F-2 for this purpose. You must also notify the BLE, by letter to the Board, of your intent to transfer your MBE score, no later than May 15 for the July examination and December 15 for the February examination. This written notice of intent to transfer an MBE score is a necessary precondition to perfect your right to transfer your MBE score to Michigan. Additional information may be found at the NCBE website.

    Transferring MBE score from Michigan to another jurisdiction:

    The State Board of Law Examiners and the National Conference of Bar Examiners hold MBE scores. The State Board of Law Examiners will respond to a written request to transfer your results to another jurisdiction.

    State Board of Law Examiners
    P.O. Box 30052
    Lansing, MI 48909
    (517) 373-4453

MPRE (Multi-State Professional Responsibility Examination)

    Does it matter where or when an applicant has taken the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination? No.

    Prior to admission by examination, an applicant must successfully pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. Beginning with the July 2009 Michigan bar examination, applicants taking the bar examination as first-time takers must receive a scaled score of 85 on the MPRE to be certified by the Board. For applicants taking the July 2009 bar examination as a re-examinee or as a transferee from a prior exam, the passing scaled score will remain at 75. If such a re-examinee or transferee fails the July 2009 examination, the passing scaled MPRE score will remain at 75. An applicant need not have graduated from law school in order to take the MPRE and the MPRE may be taken an unlimited number of times.

    Arrangements to take the MPRE must be made directly with the Multistate Bar Examination Committee of the NCBE. The MPRE is given at various test centers around the United States (including Michigan) in March, August and November. MPRE applications may be available at your law school, or you can contact the National Conference of Bar Examiners, MPRE Application Department at (215) 504-3886.

Request a Copy of Your Character & Fitness Application or File

    Applicants are encouraged to retain a copy of their Affidavit of Personal History for their records, however, a CD containing your Character & Fitness file may be obtained by submitting this request form: Applicant's Character & Fitness File

    Applicants can obtain a certified copy of the Affidavit of Personal History (often used when applying to another State Bar) by submitting this request form: Certified Copy of Affidavit of Personal History

    Members of the State Bar of Michigan can obtain a certified copy of their Affidavit of Personal History, by submitting this request form: Certified Copy of Affidavit of Personal History

    The request form and fee should be submitted to: State Bar of Michigan, Attn: Finance Dept, 306 Townsend St., Lansing, MI 48933.