Michigan Bar Exam Predictions for the July 2017 Michigan Bar Exam
You may be wondering what is coming up on the July 2017 Michigan bar exam — especially given the “weirder” exams that have been given lately. In this post, we tell you our Michigan bar exam predictions for the July 2017 Michigan bar exam. You can see from the frequency chart above that prior to 2016, Michigan bar exams were very standard. They tended to test the following 15 subjects (in no particular order): Constitutional Law, Contracts, Corporations, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Domestic Relations, Evidence, Personal Property, Professional Responsibility, Real Property, Sales, State & Federal Practice (Civil Procedure), Torts, Trusts or Wills, and Workers’ Compensation. Occasionally No-Fault would be tested in place of Torts and Secured Transactions would be tested in place of Sales. However, other than those two substitutions, the Michigan bar exam subjects were pretty predictable.
In 2016, the Michigan Board of Law Examiners (BLE) began tested some more unusual subjects. Specifically:
- In February 2016 the Board of Law Examiners’ tested: Agency (in place of Corporations), Conflicts of Law (in place of Workers’ Compensation) and Secured Transactions (in place of Sales).
- In July 2016, the Board tested Agency (in place of Corporations), Equity (in place of Workers’ Compensation) and No-Fault Insurance (in place of Torts).
- In February 2017, the Board tested Partnership (in place of Corporations), Creditors’ Rights (in place of Sales), and Conflicts of Law (in place of Professional Responsibility).
However, while the BLE tends to “switch it up” with 3 subjects, much of the exam (that is, the other 12 subjects) remains somewhat predictable. Questions you are almost guaranteed to see on the essay portion of the Michigan Bar Exam in July 2017 include: Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Domestic Relations, Evidence, Personal Property, Professional Responsibility (*it was odd that they did not test this in February 2017, but we think they will go back to it!), Real Property, State & Federal Practice, and Trusts or Wills (and we think Trusts is coming up, given Wills was tested the last three exams!)
The subjects that are less “sure” to be tested on the essay portion are:
- Torts — we think they may test No-Fault in its place
- Sales — we truly believe that Secured Transactions or Negotiable Instruments is coming up (though we would hedge our bets on Secured Transactions if forced to pick between the two!)
- Corporations — the BLE tested Agency both exams in 2016 and Partnership in 2017 so really any of the three are fair game!
- Workers’ Compensation — the composition of the BLE recently changed so that there are no longer any workers’ compensation attorneys on the Board. Thus, we have seen Workers’ Compensation tested less and less — and other subjects, like Equity and Conflicts of Law — being tested in its place.
Our Michigan Bar Exam Predictions for the July 2017 Michigan Bar Exam
We expect to see the following 15 subjects (in no particular order) — though we definitely could be wrong! So do NOT rely on this list! It is merely speculation. Our Michigan bar exam predictions include:
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
- Domestic Relations
- No-Fault Insurance (we suspect this will be tested in place of Torts, though we could be wrong!)
- Partnership (we are less confident on this one, as the BLE has been switching between Corporations, Agency, and Partnership, and they may very well go back to Corporations!)
- Personal Property
- Professional Responsibility (this subject is virtually always tested so we think it was a fluke that it was not tested in February 2017)
- Real Property
- Secured Transactions (we suspect this will be tested in place of Sales. We also think there is a chance they could test Negotiable Instruments — so even if you do not want to spend a week trying to learn Negotiable Instruments, at least carefully review the February 2010 question)
- State & Federal Practice (Civil Procedure)
- Trusts (we think they will finally stop testing Wills, though we thought so last time too…)
- Workers’ Compensation (though we were going back and forth between this and Equity — so I would prepare for either one!)
What topics do we predict are coming up?
While we are not always accurate with regard to the subjects that will be tested on the upcoming Michigan bar exam, we generally accurately predict 1/3 to 1/2 of the topics within the subjects being tested. We reveal our Michigan bar exam predictions of the topics tested in our Michigan bar exam seminar (which is filling up quickly!).
When we provided the Michigan bar exam seminar for the July 2016 bar exam, we accurately covered many of the topics tested on the bar exam including:
- The No-Fault question on noneconomic damages (which was the entire question!)
- The Equity question on preliminary injunctions (which was the entire question!)
- We predicted that Miranda would be tested on the Criminal Procedure question
- Delegation and Modification under the UCC (both comprised the entire Sales question!)
- Bailments and Statutory Conversion in the Personal Property question (both issues comprised the entire question!)
- Hearsay and Convictions for Impeachment in the Evidence question
- Trade fixtures in Real Property (half the question)
- Actual authority, apparent authority, ratification, and vicarious liability in Agency (all issues comprised the entire Agency question!)
- Spousal Support in Domestic Relations (the entire question)
- Reporting Professional Misconduct (Rule 8.3) in Professional Responsibility (the entire question)
- Elements of a valid will and valid holographic will as well as defining a child for the purposes of intestate succession (the entire Wills question)
If you are interested in signing up for our Michigan bar exam seminar please read more about it at the link. (Wayne State University Law students and WMU Cooley Law students are offered a discounted price for the seminar through their schools so if you go to one of these schools, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!)
Otherwise, we still have a couple spaces left in our July 2017 Michigan bar exam seminar that is led by Meagan Jabbori and is held on Thursday, July 13 2017 at 10:00 AM in Birmingham, Michigan, though we do not expect the open spots to last long. You may reserve your spot for the seminar here:
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