Bar exam appeals are fast-paced and procedurally inflexible. If you have just learned that you did not receive a passing score on the Michigan Bar Exam, you need to move quickly to preserve your appeal. Speaker Law can help you navigate through the dicey appellate waters to ensure preservation of your rights and to ghostwrite your appeal for you.
Very few law firms in the State of Michigan dedicate their entire practice to appellate work. Our firm’s sole commitment to appellate work provides our clients with superior written advocacy, which is critical in appealing your bar exam essay score.
The bar exam is made up of two components: the multistate exam and the essay exam. The multistate portion is worth up to 200 points. The essay portion of the exam consists of 15 questions, each worth a maximum of 10 points. The formula used for scoring the exam is:
Combined Score = [scaled essay score + MBE score] / 2
To pass the exam, you need a combined score of 135 or higher.
A key factor in determining whether you should appeal is knowing how many additional points you need to pass the exam. If you have failed by only a few points, you should consider having your essay exam evaluated by an attorney. You will also want to review the scoring of your essay answers to make sure that there are no human scoring errors (such as your essay clearly warranted a score of “10", but was only scored a “1").
To determine your score, you will need to order a copy of your bluebook (or ExamSoft answers) immediately by sending a written request and a $20 money order. You can also call the Board of Law Examiners and ask how many points you need to pass the exam. We cannot stress enough that these two steps should be taken immediately upon receipt of your bar exam results.
Once you have your bluebook/ExamSoft answers, Speaker Law will review and evaluate them for free and provide you with an honest assessment as to whether it would be worth pursuing an appeal.
Time is critical Once the exam scores are released, you have thirty (30) days from that date to ask the Board of Law Examiners to reconsider your essay scores. The Board of Law Examiner policy statements provide that “[a]ppeals must be postmarked by the date stated in the material received by applicants failing the exam.” Unless there was a delay in releasing your results pending the Board’s receipt of your law school certification, there are NO exceptions to this deadline.