Required and Bar-Related Courses

Required Courses


Upperclass Required Courses


Graduation requires accumulation of 90 credit hours.  Beyond the first-year core curriculum of 30 credit hours, six courses must be satisfactorily completed:

All students also must complete these requirements:


Bar-Related Courses


Multistate Bar Examination

Most states administer the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) which is a comprehensive multiple choice test.  The MBE tests the following subjects:

Constitutional Law, Contracts and Sales, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts

The MBE is developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (“NCBE”). Students who are interested in having a strong foundation in MBE-tested subjects should elect all or some of the following courses, which are listed in order of priority:

At the NCBE website (, students can learn more about the MBE, including the specific topics tested in each of the above-named subjects, as well as the states that do not administer the MBE.

Essay Examination

In addition, all states administer a written, “essay style” bar examination. The subjects tested on essay examination vary somewhat from state-to-state.  

More than twenty states use the Multistate Essay Examination (“MEE”) for all or part of that state’s essay examination. The MEE is also developed by the NCBE. Questions for the MEE are selected from the following subjects:

Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations and Limited Liability Companies), Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Federal Civil Procedure, Real Property, Torts, Trusts and Estates (Decedents’ Estates; Trusts and Future Interests), and Uniform Commercial Code (Negotiable Instruments/Commercial Paper and Secured Transactions)

Students who are interested in having a strong foundation in MEE-tested subjects should elect all or some of the following law school courses: 

Michigan Bar Exam  

Michigan administers an essay examination and does not use the MEE. The Michigan essay examination questions are selected from the following subjects:

Real and Personal Property, Wills and Trusts, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Corporations, Partnerships, and Agency, Evidence, Creditor's Rights (including mortgages, garnishments and attachments), Practice and Procedure, (trial and appellate, state and federal), Equity, Torts (including no-fault insurance), the Sales, Negotiable Instruments, and Secured Transactions articles of the Uniform Commercial Code, Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct, Domestic Relations, Conflict of Laws, and Worker's Compensation

Students who are interested in having a strong foundation in Michigan essay-tested subjects should elect all or some of the following law school courses:

Applicants for the bar examination are strongly urged to take a comprehensive commercial bar examination preparation course, after graduation from law school. We also recommend the two courses specifically designed to prepare students for the Bar- Multistate Bar Exam Strategies (3213) and Michigan Bar Exam Essay Strategies (3212).

A student can find out which subjects are tested on a particular state’s essay examination by visiting the website of that state’s board of law examiners. In addition, a wealth of bar admission information is available the University of Idaho website (

Multi-state Professional Responsibility Examination
In addition, all applicants for admission to the State Bar of Michigan must achieve a scaled score of 75 on the Multi-state Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).  Currently, the MPRE is administered at three Michigan locations three times a year.  Information regarding the MPRE is available at

Further information about, and test applications for the Michigan Bar Examination and the MPRE can be obtained from the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Law Student Services Center.