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The Walter Bentley Minority Bar Passage Program (MBPP)

The Walter Bentley Minority Bar Passage Program (MBPP) is designed to improve bar passage rates of law school graduates sitting for the Michigan Bar Exam.  Traditional bar review courses focus only on the multi-state portion of the exam, MBPP focuses on the essay writing portion and effective essay writing techniques to help you maximize your overall essay exam results.

The program is approximately Seven (7) weeks, and includes weekly examinations, a mock bar examination, group and one-on-one essay technique review sessions, as well as lectures by local attorneys.  MBPP provides assistance in the areas of: (i) Essay Writing Skills/ Strategy; (ii) Test Taking Skills Strategy; (iii) Time Management; and (iv) Stress Management.  MBPP does not include a review of substantive law.  Accordingly, MBPP should be taken in conjunction with a traditional bar review course to give you the ultimate edge in studying for both multi-state and essay writing sections of the exam.

Committee Chair: Rosa Weaver – rosa.weaver@4283legaladvisors.comCo-Chair(s): Lisa Timmons  –; Jessica Mills –


COST: The WBA is waiving this year’s fee, but ask that you consider donating to the Wolver Bar Foundation which serves as the charitable arm of the Wolverine Bar Association. The Foundation supports programs like MBPP and raises money for the distribution of scholarships to deserving students. Click Here to Donate Now. 

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Every class is MANDATORY.  Failure to abide by the attendance policy may result in removal from the program.

REGISTRATION: Registration is open NOW and closes Friday, June 5, 2020. Please register by contacting Lisa Timmons at For your seat to be confirmed, you must provide the following information in your email:

Name, Law School, Year of Graduation, GPA, identify if you are a first-time test taker or repeat test taker and if you are a member of your local BLSA organization.

2020 MBPP PROGRAM DETAILS: The program meets every Tuesday at 7 pm EST online for seven (7) weeks from June 9, 2020 – July 21, 2020. Class times will range from 60-90 minutes.


June 9, 2020 – Program Kickoff 
Learn how to prepare and deconstruct a Michigan Essay Question
Topics Covered* – Contracts, Sales, and Agency 

June 16, 2020 
Review Questions & Answers
Topics Covered – Real Property, Personal Property, Domestic Relations 

June 23, 2020 
Review Questions & Answers
Topics Covered – Criminal Law, Criminal Procedures, and Constitutional Law 

June 30, 2020 
Guest Speaker – Stress Management
Review Questions & Answers
Topics Covered – Civil Procedures, Conflicts of Laws, and Evidence 

July 7, 2020 
Review Questions & Answers
Topics Covered – No-Fault, Partnerships, and Corporations 

July 14, 2020
Review Questions & Answers
Worker’s Compensation, Torts, & Equity 

July 21, 2020 
Guest Speaker
Review Questions & Answers
Secured Transactions, Negotiable Instruments, and Creditors Rights
*Note – Topics subject to change


This year the WBA will continue to host the Essay Writing Bar Passage Program. The Michigan Board of Law Examiners will issue the Essay Only portion of the exam REMOTELY on July 28, 2020 (See Administrative Order). As such the WBA will pivot our program to a remote platform with a redesigned format to accommodate the new online platform.
If you are interested in helping students prepare for the Michigan Bar Exam this summer via our online format, please contact Attorney Jessica Mills at no later than Wednesday, June 3, 2020.  The program for students will begin on June 9, 2020. Training will be offered to all tutors prior to the program start. 
Our recent law students graduates are in dire need of your help. This is a great opportunity to have a profound impact on our future attorneys. For questions about the program, please contact Committee Chair Rosa Weaver at

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