Massachusetts

Since jurisdiction rules and policies change, you are strongly advised to consult the jurisdiction's bar admission agency directly for the most current information.
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The information provided on this page is drawn from the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements ("Guide"). Links are provided to specific charts in the Guide; each chart is followed by jurisdiction-specific supplemental remarks. Please consult both the chart and its remarks for complete information. NOTE: The Guide is updated on an annual basis, while the website is updated throughout the year. The website supersedes the Guide where the two differ. (Website jurisdiction information last updated Aug 24, 2016.)

Bar Exam Eligibility, Deadlines, and Fees

  • ABA-Approved Law School J.D. Required: No See Chart 3
  • Foreign Law Graduate Eligibility: Yes See Chart 4
  • Bar Exam Application Filing Deadlines: See Chart 6
  • Bar Exam Application Fees: See Chart 7

UBE Adoption

  • UBE Adoption: Yes
  • UBE First Administration Date: July 2018
  • UBE Minimum Passing Score: TBD
  • UBE Jurisdiction-Specific Component: Yes

Admission on Transferred UBE Score

  • Admission on Transferred UBE Score: Yes
  • Effective Date:
  • Minimum Score: TBD
  • Maximum Score Age: TBD
  • Jurisdiction-Specific Component: Yes
  • UBE Score Services

Massachusetts Bar Exam Components

  • The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE): Yes
  • The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE): Yes July 2018
  • The Multistate Performance Test (MPT): Yes July 2018
  • Jurisdiction-Drafted Exam: Yes See Chart 8

MPRE Requirements

Character and Fitness Investigations

NCBE provides character and fitness services for the following applicant types in Massachusetts:

  • Attorney
  • Foreign-Educated/Foreign-Licensed
View Character and Fitness Services for Massachusetts

Admission on Motion

Admission Solely on Transferred MBE Score

  • Admission Solely on Transferred MBE Score: No

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Bar Admission Agency
Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners

Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
24 New Chardon Street, 1st Floor

Boston, MA 02114

Phone: (617) 482-4466

Fax: (617) 542-5943

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