If you are being tortured by the delay in the release of Michigan bar exam results, you are not alone. Students call us, anxious, pacing down the halls of their offices, not able to focus or concentrate. They say its IIED and text angry emojis. Students who follow my lead and download a “page monitor” are afraid to leave their computers and have mini-heart attacks any time they hear it chime — (something that I wonder, will continue even after results are released….?) (A page monitor, by the way, is an extension that you can download for Chrome or other browsers that you can set to check the BLE website every five seconds and then have it chime if the website changes in any way. It chimes a few times a day even with no apparent changes, but you know that one time that it chimes will be THE time.) We all thought Michigan bar exam results would be released by now — why the delay? There weren’t that many people taking the February exam, they didn’t change the grading, and there is nothing that we know of that should cause a delay in results. But apparently the BLE feels like waiting a little longer. As if the bar exam wasn’t torture enough. #ThanksBLE.
This has led to many questions from students of ours, as well as non-students, as well as those just curious about the Michigan bar exam. Thus, we’ve compiled a list of questions that Michigan bar exam FAQs — based on what we have heard asked repeatedly this week.
Michigan Bar Exam Results FAQ
Will Michigan Bar Exam Results be Posted Today (May 6, 2016)?
They could be. Apparently, they announced at the bar exam that they would be posted the first week of May. I wouldn’t be shocked if the BLE waited until next week to post results, though.
Have Michigan Bar Exam Results ever Been Posted This Late?
Yes. They were posted on May 19 in 2009. See other Michigan bar exam February release dates here.
What Time of Day Are Michigan Bar Exam Results Released?
It is usually after noon. July 2015 were released around 2:47 PM. Results have been posted as late as 4:00 PM. I think we are safe after 4:30 PM (but we continue to check, just in case…)
What does it mean that they are posted late?
Are the scores going to be lower?
The scores will likely not have any correlation with when they are posted. Further, while next week may be “late” for Michigan to post results (assuming they are not posted today), several states are releasing results next week, so it is certainly not unheard of! Arizona, for example, announced a while ago that results would be released on May 13. (To see a list of states which have had their results released as well as when, where, and how they release results, see this post on bar exam results release information by state. You can also learn a lot of fun facts — like Delaware does not have a February bar exam, Palau had an 8% passage rate in July, and that while most states do not allow appeals, Mississippi allows you to appeal and appeal the appeal!).
What is the Michigan bar exam passage rate this year?
That will not be revealed until scores are posted. It is usually between 55-65%. We expect it to be a little lower than average, given that all state bar passage rates have fallen and the MBE average score fell to a 33-year low. (Keep in mind that even though this is a bad sign that it fell to a 33-year low, it is not dramatically lower than it has been in the past — it is 1.2 points lower than the February 2015 MBE. We all know that one point can make a difference! But, some students take the 33-year low to mean that no one will pass. It is not quite as dramatic as it sounds!)
What if I forgot my Michigan bar exam seat number?
You will have to wait for the letter to come in the mail. The BLE will not release seat numbers. They say that examinees were told multiple times to keep their seat numbers so seat numbers will not be given out to those who have misplaced theirs.
Am I refreshing the right page?
A few people, we have noticed, are refreshing the wrong page looking for Michigan bar exam results! The BLE will make an announcement right here on the home page of their website. IT will be under “NEWS” (or if they are feeling dramatic, they will change the name of the section to “BREAKING NEWS”).
I failed the MPRE or did not pass character and fitness.
Will my seat number be on the list?
Yes. In the past, seat numbers of those who will not quite be ready to practice law is on the list of “passers.” However, when names are published (about five days after seat numbers are published) your name will not be on the list.
Will you tell me when Michigan bar exam results are out?
Yes, sign up for our #KnowFirst campaign and we will text you or email when results are out. You will not be signed up for any newsletter but you will get a text or email as soon as results are released.
I Can’t Stop Stressing Out about Bar Exam Results!
Read this post on a few tips to ease any bar exam results-related stress. Feel free to call us, text us, email us with any questions. We get calls, texts, and emails all day and are happy to talk to you (as we refresh the BLE website…).
I Think I May Have Failed. Can I Reserve a Spot for an Appeal, or for Tutoring, or for your Course? Or Am I Jinxing Myself (Lol)?
I have had several people ask me this (including the “am I jinxing myself? lol” question). The answer is, yes, you can reserve your spot for anything or everything. Our Michigan bar exam assistance options are here. You are not jinxing yourself — we had several people reserve spots for appeal, for the course, for tutoring — and not need those spots last administration and in prior administrations! If you reserve a spot, of course you are not obligated to use it, even if you fail. You do not have to reserve a spot, but some students like to know that they have both options covered in case they fail.
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