Note: This post was updated in February, 2016. We get asked this frequently – and the answer is: We don’t know! We have heard a lot of statistics – “20 percent of Michigan bar exam appeals pass.” We have also heard this statistic: “1/3 of those who write their own appeals are successful” The problem is, we have no idea where these statistics come from (besides a lot of people repeating them!). . . Continue reading
Looking for a good attorney to write your Michigan bar exam appeal? Out of all of the Michigan bar exam appeals attorneys that are out there, how do choose one? In this post we delineate the questions you should ask the Michigan bar exam appeals attorneys that you talk to. Asking the below questions will help you make an informed decision about who should take on the task of writing your Michigan bar exam appeal.The stakes are high so it is worth it to spend time making sure you choose wisely! Continue reading
A big factor in making the decision to appeal is to figure out how many points you actually need to write a successful Michigan bar exam appeal. With the new scoring method (which looks like they are just adding 32 or 33 points to everyone’s raw essay score to get the scaled essay score, at least this February 2015 round), it is even harder to figure out how many points are needed to write a successful appeal. Continue reading
Are you writing your Michigan bar exam appeal? If so, we are happy to give you some guidance! We write Michigan bar exam appeals ourselves (through the Heidemann law firm) – but we also know that many students want to write their own appeals rather than paying an attorney to do it for them. We have plenty of information of what we have seen work – and not work. Please click here to see all of our blog posts on how to write a Michigan bar exam appeal if you are seriously considering your own appeal. Continue reading
Wondering how to write a Michigan bar exam appeal? Thinking of writing it yourself rather than hiring someone to write it for you? This post details tips for how to write a Michigan bar exam appeal. Note that this post does not include detailed instructions such as who to send it to, how many copies of it you need to send, or any deadlines. This logistical information should be given to you when you request your answers from the Michigan Board of Law Examiners. Continue reading
With Michigan bar exam results coming out soon, I thought this was an appropriate time to start a series on appealing Michigan bar exam scores. Many students who have failed the bar exam by just a few points have asked me, “Should I appeal my Michigan bar exam score?” The answer is different for each student and depends on a variety of factors which will be discussed in this post and the posts to follow.
Before you ask the question of whether you should write your own appeal or have someone write it for you, you should ask the question: Should I appeal my bar exam score? If you arrive at the conclusion “yes” then you have to decide whether you want to hire someone to write it for you or whether you want to write it yourself.
This question, “Should I write my own Michigan bar exam appeal” does not have one right answer. In fact, to answer this question, you will need to ask yourself a few more questions, listed below. Continue reading
We don’t mean to be discouraging by posting this before Michigan bar applicants find out about results. However, you’ve probably heard about the possibility of “appealing” a failing Michigan bar exam essay score and you may be curious about how it works – for your own sake (if you’re nervous about your score!) or the sake of your friends that will decide to use the appeal process. This blog post will try to clarify what a Michigan bar exam appeal is and how it works. Continue reading