Michigan adopts Uniform Bar Exam

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The Michigan Bar Examination will include the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) beginning February 2023.

“This is a major step forward for Michigan, because the public is protected by ensuring that Michigan lawyers are appropriately prepared to practice law and serve their clients here and nationwide,” said Justice Brian Zahra, who serves as liaison to the Board of Law Examiners (BLE). “Another key benefit is that score portability will attract law school graduates to Michigan from other states.”

The UBE is a nationally administered bar examination that tests knowledge of general principles of law, legal and factual analysis, reasoning, and communication skills to determine readiness to enter legal practice in any jurisdiction.

The exam is prepared and defined by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). It will be administered on dates and under regulations set by NCBE in conjunction with the Michigan BLE, which will grade the written portions of the exam and determine the passing score.

Applicants who take the UBE may transfer their scores to seek admission in other UBE jurisdictions. BLE will require all bar examinees and UBE transfer score applicants to complete a Michigan Law Component prior to licensure in Michigan.

The Michigan Law Component will require education on six general areas of law that new lawyers are most likely to encounter in their early years of practice. The course material will be provided online in six one-hour modules, and successful applicants will be required to correctly answer questions during and at the completion of each lesson.

More information is available here.

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