The Supreme Judicial Court's Rules Committee invites comments on proposed amendments to SJC Rule 3:01 and the Rules of the Board of Bar Examiners. These rules address requirements and procedures regarding admission to the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In July of 2016, the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court endorsed the proposal of the Committee to Examine the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) to adopt the UBE in Massachusetts with an effective date of July 1, 2018. They also endorsed the recommendation, effective March 1, 2018, to require bar applicants to complete a Massachusetts Law Component that will ensure that newly-licensed attorneys are familiar with key Massachusetts laws and procedures. The proposed amendments to Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:01 and the Rules of the Board of Bar Examiners reflect changes resulting from the adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination and the Massachusetts Law Component requirement of bar admission, as well as proposed amendments intended to update the rules to allow for best practices in the bar admissions process.
The amendments include proposals: (1) to move to electronic publication of bar examination results, eliminating the current paper posting, to ensure broad public availability of this information; and (2) to allow for the administration of the bar exam in Boston or in a location within 50 miles of Boston, to afford greater flexibility when appropriate or affordable exam space is not available within Boston.
The proposed amendments appear at the link below. Comments should be directed to Christine P. Burak, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108 on or before August 18, 2017. Comments may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments received will be made available to the public.