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Michigan Admission Laws

Michigan admission laws are set forth in the State Bar Rules of Michigan, Rules for the Board of Law Examiners, and Chapter 600 of Revised Judicature Act of 1961.  The admitting body is the state Supreme Court.  Minimum age of admission to Bar is 18 years.  Required exams are Multistate Bar Examination, Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination with a scale score of 85, and essay exam.  Applicants should have a juris doctor degree from a reputed law school in United States or its territories.  Undergraduates should have completed at least 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of study from an accredited college authorized to grant collegiate degrees.

Other state attorneys are admitted to practice in Michigan, if they have practiced or taught law in any other state within three out of five years preceding the application.  Michigan does not mandate continuing legal education.

Mich. R. St. Bd. Law Examiners 2 reads in part:

“Rule 2  Admission by Examination.
(A) An application must be filed by November 1 for the February examination, or March 1 for the July examination. Late applications will be accepted until December 15 for the February examination, or May 15 for the July examination. An application must be accompanied by payment of the fee. All materials filed are confidential.
   (B) Before taking the examination, an applicant must obtain a JD degree from a reputable and qualified law school that
   (1) is incorporated in the United States, its territories, or the District of Columbia; and
   (2) requires for graduation 3 school years of study for full-time students, and 4 school years of study for part-time or night students. A school year must be at least 30 weeks.A law school approved by the American Bar Association is reputable and qualified. Other schools may ask the Board to approve the school as reputable and qualified. In the event the law school has ceased operations since an applicant’s graduation, the request for approval may be made by the applicant. The Board may in its discretion permit applicants who do not possess a JD degree from an ABA-approved law school to take the examination based upon factors including, but not limited to, relevant legal education, such as an LLM degree from a reputable and qualified law school, and experience that otherwise qualifies the applicant to take the examination.

   (D) Every applicant for admission must achieve a passing score, as determined by the board, on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination.

   (F) The applicant is responsible for meeting all requirements before the examination. The Board may act on information about an applicant’s character whenever the information is received.”

Inside Michigan Admission Laws