Introduced by Reps. Maturen, Wittenberg, Barrett, Glenn, Greig, Franz, Cox, Moss, Chirkun, Graves, Faris, Heise, Plawecki, Liberati, Hughes, Vaupel, Jenkins, Potvin, Outman, Callton, Canfield, Rutledge, Santana, Bizon and Irwin


AN ACT to amend 1961 PA 236, entitled “An act to revise and consolidate the statutes relating to the organization and jurisdiction of the courts of this state; the powers and duties of the courts, and of the judges and other officers of the courts; the forms and attributes of civil claims and actions; the time within which civil actions and proceedings may be brought in the courts; pleading, evidence, practice, and procedure in civil and criminal actions and proceedings in the courts; to provide for the powers and duties of certain state governmental officers and entities; to provide remedies and penalties for the violation of certain provisions of this act; to repeal all acts and parts of acts inconsistent with or contravening any of the provisions of this act; and to repeal acts and parts of acts,” (MCL 600.101 to 600.9947) by adding section 947.

The People of the State of Michigan enact:

Sec. 947. Subject to section 947a, an individual may apply for admission to the bar in this state, without examination, if he or she meets, and proves to the satisfaction of the board of law examiners that he or she meets, all of the following:

(a) Is the spouse of an individual who is on active duty in the armed forces of the United States and assigned to a duty station in this state.

(b) Is licensed to practice law in the court of last resort, and in good standing at the bar, of another state of the United States, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States.

(c) Has the qualifications as to moral character, citizenship, age, general education, fitness, and ability required for admission to the bar of this state.

(d) Has not previously taken and failed the examination for admission to the bar of this state.

(e) Is a graduate of a law school that was approved and accredited by the Council and Accreditation Committee of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions of the American Bar Association at the time he or she graduated.

(f) Has successfully passed the bar examination in another state, a territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

(g) Has taken and obtained a passing score on the multistate professional responsibility examination developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days after the date it is enacted into law.

Enacting section 2. This amendatory act does not take effect unless House Bill No. 5288 of the 98th Legislature is enacted into law.

This act is ordered to take immediate effect.

Clerk of the House of Representatives

Secretary of the Senate