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MICHIGAN BAR EXAM APPEALS

MICHIGAN BAR EXAM APPEALS

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Getting admission as a Michigan attorney is a lengthy process. The Michigan Bar exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions called the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) and Michigan Bar Exam Essays. The Michigan bar exam is given twice a year in February and July. The MBE portion of the bar exam is administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and consists of the following subjects:

  • Contracts (this includes UCC Article 2 Sales)
  • Torts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Evidence (based upon the Federal Rules of Evidence)
  • Real Property
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Civil Procedure (based upon the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure)

According to the NCBE, the MBE consists of 200 multiple-choice questions: 175 scored questions and 25 un-scored pretest questions. The pretest questions are indistinguishable from those that are scored, so examinees should answer all questions. The exam is divided into morning and afternoon testing sessions of three hours each, with 100 questions in each session. There are no scheduled breaks during either the morning or afternoon session. You cannot appeal the MBE and you should note it is machine graded.

The Michigan Essay portion of the bar exam consists of a number of law subjects that is comprised of 15 questions from a possible of 26 law subjects as stated by the Michigan Board of Law Examiners. BLE Rule 3 states the subjects that comprise the Michigan Essay portion of the bar exam and consists of the following subjects that could be tested:
  • (a) Real and Personal Property
  • (b) Wills and Trusts
  • (c) Contracts
  • (d) Constitutional Law
  • (e) Criminal Law and Procedure
  • (f) Corporations, Partnerships, and Agency
  • (g) Evidence
  • (h) Creditor’s Rights, including mortgages, garnishments, and attachments
  • (i) Practice and Procedure, trial and appellate, state and federal
  • (j) Equity
  • (k) Torts (including no-fault)
  • (l) The sales, negotiable instruments, and secured transactions articles of the UCC
  • (m) Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct
  • (n) Domestic Relations
  • (o) Conflicts of Laws
  • (p) Worker’s Compensation

It use to be the case in Michigan that if you obtained a certain score on the MBE (150 scaled) you could pass the Michigan bar exam without them ever reviewing or marking your Michigan essays, this of course changed dramatically, making the Michigan bar exam harder to pass. The Michigan Board of Law Examiners did away with passing simply by scoring a 150 on the MBE by focusing more on Michigan law, which is why, it is important to know the difference between the MBE subjects and Michigan distinctions regarding the law and how it is tested.

According to the Michigan Board of Law Examiners in order to pass the Michigan bar exam, the examinee’s scores for each of the two components of the examination are combined into a single composite score. If this score is equal to or exceeds the combined score of 135 (MBE + Essays /2), the applicant passes the Michigan Bar Examination, if not they will not receive a passing score. Of course, passing the bar exam is only a component of the process, because an individual’s Character & Fitness must also be completed before admission, including a passing score on the MPRE.

What If You Fail The Michigan Bar Exam?

Michigan is one of the few States in the U.S. that allows an applicant to appeal their bar exam results. If you did not receive a passing score, you will be notified by the Michigan Board of Law Examiners on what steps are available to you in accordance with BLE Rule 4(B). And in accordance with and pursuant to MCR 9.3, the Michigan Board of Law Examiners will consider an appeal from an applicant who received a low score on the Michigan Essay portion of the bar exam or did not receive a passing score on the Michigan bar exam, which is great news for applicant’s who did not receive a passing score.

This means that you must request a copy of your essay exam answers. From those answers, individual briefs can be written on any question that scored less than a perfect 10. Appealing your Michigan bar exam results require adherence to a very strict deadline and must be received by the Michigan Board of Law Examiner’s office by a particular deadline.

Even before this, it is crucially important to know how and what particular essay or essays to appeal, simply filing an appeal hoping for the best is a losing proposition and you should note that you cannot appeal the MBE as this is machine graded by the NCBE. One must carefully examine what they are appealing and possible likelihood of success, of course no guarantees are made, but appealing Michigan Bar Exam results requires a highly trained person and skilled individual who know the nuances of the process, procedure and possible likelihood of success along with the expertise of briefing the issues.

With that said, attorney Kulwant S. Boora, has been personally taught and trained by Professor Joseph D. Slaven on Michigan bar exam appeals. Professor Slaven had successfully processed Michigan Bar Exam appeals for over a decade before becoming a District Court Judge. In the last decade, Professor Slaven had processed over 150 Michigan Bar Exam appeals with 95% being successful and candidates becoming Michigan attorneys. Also during his time, Professor Slaven had gotten candidates anywhere from 1 to 13 points on appeal. No other firm, attorney or person in Michigan has ever gotten more than 13 points on appeal.

There are others out there who may do appeals, but being personally taught and trained by Professor Slaven who clearly had the time, years of experience, know-how and success rate will be important when it comes to filing your Michigan bar exam appeal. Experience is the key to the Michigan Bar Exam appeal success. Be careful of anyone who simply tells you that your score is in the “appealable range.”

Remember, time is of the essence in doing Michigan bar exam appeals. There is a strict deadline that must be adhered to. The first step one must take is to request your bluebooks from the Michigan Board of Law Examiners. As soon as you get them, make copies of the written answers. Then type each answer out (as it was originally written, spelling and grammatical errors included). These items must accompany your briefs on appeal. Don’t be fooled by any practitioner who claims to do appeals who doesn’t even pre-read your answers or just glimpses over them. This initial analysis is the key to making a proper and intelligent decision regarding your Michigan Bar Exam appeal and your potential likelihood of becoming a Michigan attorney.

Any person wishing to discuss the possibility of taking an appeal of their Michigan Bar Exam is free to contact me. The benefits of having your Michigan bar exam appeal done by a professional include:

  1. Not having to spend over 60 plus hours writing out the appeals;
  2. presenting the issues in the incorrect format or layout;
  3. getting to practice law now instead of in 6 months and the potential income increase to go with it;
  4. and, most importantly, not having to go through the rigors of all that studying again for 3 months or more;
  5. and taking the test again.

Most candidates have worked hard through college, and then law school, then preparing for the Bar Exam... finality, in the form of a passing score, starts you on the path of your legal career. To learn more about what you can do to start practicing law. Let’s work together to get your legal career started.

About Professor & Judge Joseph D. Slaven

The Honorable Joseph D. Slaven is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Detroit Mercy School of Law, who graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1994 from the University of Michigan with two bachelor’s degrees. Professor Slaven then continued his education by receiving his Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit School of Law, where he also served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association. The Honorable Joseph D. Slaven is the only individual who teaches bar exam courses as an Adjunct Professor Law at Detroit Mercy School of Law to numerous law students.

Professor Slaven was consulted by the School of Law on how best to create a Michigan Bar Exam Topics & Strategies course and has successfully taught this class since its inception in the year 2005. In the courses that he teaches every year, Professor Slaven focuses on the substance of the law, successful techniques and legal strategies to successfully master the Michigan Bar Exam (Essay) and Multistate Bar Exam (which now includes Civil Procedure, you can no longer Multistate out in Michigan).

Judge Slaven also teaches future Michigan attorneys on several topics such as: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Torts, Evidence, Real and Personal Property, Professional Ethics, Workers’ Compensation, No Fault, Family Law, Civil Procedure and Business Organizations. Professor Slaven is also the author of many legal works, including the highly renowned and sought after Book of 9’s and 10’s, 19th Edition which is a legal book that specializes and focuses on the topics tested on the Michigan Bar Exam.

He has also worked on and has written many other legal works, including but not limited to: Michigan Torts Law, A Supplemental Textbook; Michigan Criminal Law, A Supplemental Textbook; Elementary Evidence II: Courtroom Objections, Instructional Materials for the National Conference on Immigration Judges. Professor Slaven was elected as Judge in November 2015 and took the bench on January 1, 2015 and is the fourth man ever to serve as Judge in the City of Taylor.

Professor Slaven has taught Michigan Bar Examination tactics and strategies for many years and has helped numerous people pass the Michigan bar examination, before being elected as Judge. He has also assisted numerous individuals appeal their Michigan bar examination results, which have resulted in a success rate of 95%, and during his tenure, was highly renowned in Michigan as the leading Michigan Bar Examination appeal expert, both nationally and statewide.

During his time, Professor Slaven has helped endless people gain the points needed to successfully pass the Michigan Bar exam and become Michigan attorneys that are practicing attorneys today. He has personally trained attorney Kulwant S. Boora on the skills and experiences needed to process Michigan Bar Exam appeals. Contact attorney Kulwant S. Boora at booralaw@gmail.com if you wish to appeal your Michigan Bar Examination results.

1. The formula used by the Michigan Board of Law Examiners is as follows: Combined score = [scaled essay score + MBE score] /2.

2. Professor Slaven during his tenure was highly renowned nationally and statewide on the Michigan Bar Exam appeals receiving raving reviews from numerous and endless people who have successfully appealed their Michigan Bar Exam results before becoming a Judge.

3. About one of Kal Boora's mentors, Joseph D. Slaven.

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