Bar Applications

SHOULD YOU DO YOUR OWN BAR APPEAL?

If you are reading this before the results are released, you’re are too worried or just morbidly curious. The release of Michigan Bar Examination results is a time frought with joy and anguish. Not everyone gets the news they want. But before you start reading though your study materials again, you need to consider your Read More

WHAT IS CHARACTER AND FITNESS FOR A MICHIGAN BAR APPLICANT

To practice law in Michigan, an applicant must meet the following requirements: 1) graduate from an ABA accredited law school or its equivalent, 2) take and pass the MPRE, 3) take and pass the Michigan Bar Examination and 4) demonstratethe requisite personal character and moral fitness to practice law. That fourth standard is the least Read More

HONESTY IS THE ONLY POLICY

Your application for membership in the State Bar of Michigan is lengthy and requires considerable effort to complete.  It could take months to gather all the necessary information before you are done.  Consider this:  If you have lived anywhere for more than two weeks, you must list it on your application.  That includes dorm rooms, the Read More

WHY I WRITE MICHIGAN BAR APPEALS

The simple answer is for the fame and fortune associated with it.  But since this area of law offers neither, I have to fall back to my real reason. A good part of my practice focuses on counseling legal professionals in transition.  This includes teaching bar examination prep classes, tutoring students, counseling applicants delayed in their application process because of Read More

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN

      This post is NOT a replacement for the www.michbar.org directions and forms.  No, this is more of a practical article on how to approach the State Bar of Michigan’s application.  1.     First Look at the Forms.  The application and supporting forms are lengthy and require massive detail.  Everywhere you have lived, all of your previous Read More

YOUR DISTRICT COMMITTEE MEETING

Sometime between the time you apply for a license to practice law and your swearing-in day, there exists moments of anxiety.  It might come in of the form of a letter from the State Bar of Michigan’s Character & Fitness department or your own knowledge that something happened in your recent or distant past for which you know Read More

TAKE THE BAR EXAM ONCE

I have spent over 15 years in practice helping others pass the bar and over one year prior to that helping myself pass the Bar Exam. The question that always amazes me is, “Am I spending too much time studying?”  I was far too insecure to feel I was doing enough.  I felt guilty taking Read More

QUALITY V. QUANTITY BAR EXAM STUDIES

No doubt: The Michigan Bar Exam is a challenge.  Even the most accomplished student is daunted by its size and scope.  Determination, fear and intimidation are just some of the feelings this test gives to its candidates.  It is a huge project; the ultimate final exam. How should you approach your studies?  How much time do Read More