Michigan Bar Examination

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

HOW MICHIGAN BAR EXAMINATIONS ARE GRADED

The Michigan Board of Law Examiners promulgated, administers and grades the Michigan Bar Examination. It is offered twice a year. Each time it is administered, a company of legal professionals is enlisted to get you your grade. The Multistate Bar Examination The Multistate Bar questions are graded by the National Board of Law Examiners. That 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

DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP!

If you have failed the bar, don’t despair. OK, you can despair a little. But you need to do a couple of things: 1. Order Your Results: No matter how bad you did, get the results and get some feedback. 2. See if You Have Some Other Options: Maybe you can appeal. Maybe you’re held 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

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH BAR PREP?

For some, Bar prep is a monantic pursuit: isolated from others; living on MBE questions and Red Bull. 12 hours a day is just not enough time for them. They will do more reviewing and reading than they even thought they could do. Others claim two weeks was enough for them. Intense, focused preparation, take 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