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​Bar Exam Security Policy

See bottom of page for Bar Exam Special Accommodations & Courtesy Arrangements for Lactating Mothers.​
See bottom of page for Bar Exam Conduct Policy.


The Board of Law Examiners has implemented a new policy regarding items that may be brought into the examination room and/or testing area, effective with the giving of the February 2006 bar examination.


Applicants are not permitted to bring any items into the examination room other than a clear plastic food storage type bag (maximum size one gallon), which may only contain:

  • Admission Certificate​
  • Government Issued Photo I.D.
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • Earplugs (not the big earphone/headphone type)
  • Pens, pencils, erasers
  • Medication and medical items (see paragraph below about special accommodations for those with medical conditions or disabilities, or for lactating mothers)
  • Facial tissue
  • One clear plastic bottle of water per exam session (the contents must also be clear)


The following items are strictly prohibited and will not be permitted in the exam room or the testing area, which includes the examination room, rest rooms, and hallway:

  • Coats or jackets
  • Handbags
  • Purses
  • Hats, hoods or any other headgear (except items of religious apparel). If wearing a hooded sweatshirt or a "hoodie," the hood must remain down at all times.
  • Backpacks
  • Duffle bags
  • Briefcases
  • Tote bags
  • Notes
  • Scratch paper
  • Books, magazines, newspapers, or any other reading material
  • Bar review or other study material in any format or media
  • Electronic devices such as cell phones, calculators, pagers, cameras, radios, recording devices, hand-held computers, any type of personal digital assistant, wireless e-mail devices, fitness trackers, etc.
  • iPods or similar devices
  • Headphones or headsets
  • Imaging devices
  • Any type of wireless communication device
  • Weapons of any kind, regardless of whether you have a permit to carry
  • Watches or timepieces of any kind
  • Flip flops
  • Sunglasses or glass cases
  • Any other item not specifically allowed


Be prepared to demonstrate that your clothing does not contain prohibited items.

It is best not to even bring the prohibited items to the examination site because they will not be permitted into the examination room and there is no place to store them. The Board will not be responsible for the loss or damage to personal property, so it is strongly recommended that any such items be left at home, in your hotel room, or in your car.


Possession of a prohibited device or item at the examination will be treated as a cheating incident and you may be immediately DISQUALIFIED AND EJECTED from the examination.


Bar Exam Special Accommodations

Special accommodations are available on a showing that the applicant has a disability or medical condition warranting such accommodations. The Board employs the Americans With Disabilities Act standard, i.e., that a person is disabled if that individual has "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual." See 42 USC 12102. A "Special Accommodations Questionnaire and Affidavit" is available here​. A timely request must be postmarked no later than November 1 for the February exam, and no later than March 1 for the July exam. Requests will be accepted up to the late registration deadline of December 15 for the February exam and May 15 for the July exam. However, late applicants will not have the opportunity to supplement the request or request an appeal for the current exam administration. 

(Additional information on ADA Accommodations is contained in the BL​E​ Rules, Statutes & Policy Statements​​​.)

Bar Exam Courtesy Arrangements for Lactating Mothers

If you are a lactating mother who will need to pump during the bar exam, please notify the Board of Law Examiners (BLE) office at least 6 weeks prior to the exam.  Send a letter notifying the BLE that you require a private room for pumping and storage of your pump and cooler.  You are responsible for bringing your own cooler for storing the milk. Your pump bag and cooler will be subject to inspection to ensure no prohibited items are contained within and will be stored with BLE staff.


The BLE requests notification as early as possible of your needs so that we can reserve a private room for you to use to pump at the exam facility.  If you have concerns or require additional information, please contact BLE Executive Director Maribeth Graff at 517-373-4452 or​

Bar Exam Conduct Policy

It is the policy of the Michigan Board of Law Examiners that the bar examination and related conduct of bar applicants be beyond reproach. Applicants are at all times to maintain a professional attitude toward other applicants, proctors, and other examination personnel. Conduct that results in a violation of security or disrupts the administration of the examination may result in immediate disqualification and ejection from the examination. Such conduct includes violation of the Board's Security Policy, cheating, failing to follow all rules and instructions governing the administration of the examination, or otherwise compromising the security or integrity of the bar examination.



Board of Law Examiners

925 W. Ottawa Street

Lansing, Michigan 48915

Phone: (517) 373‒4453


Maribeth Graff

Executive Director

Kristina Montem​ayor

Program Coordinator​