- Notice to Petitioners for Admission by Examination to the Massachusetts Bar: The February 2018 Petition for Admission to the bar by examination will be available soon. Petitions must be received on or before the deadline stated in the instructions (not postmarked). Petitions received after the deadline will be returned to sender. The bar exam will be administered on February 28 and March 1, 2018 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), 415 Summer St, Boston, MA 02110 and at Western New England University School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01119.
- Formal Admission Ceremonies: Formal admission ceremonies for the July 2017 bar exam are scheduled to be held November 13 - 17, 2017. Petitioners determined eligible for admission by the Board of Bar Examiners to the Supreme Judicial Court will receive their scheduled appearance date and time following receipt of their bar examination results. For more information on the admission ceremonies, click here.
Notice: Electronic Filing of Petitions for Admission to the Bar by Motion without Examination
The Clerk's Office of the Supreme Judicial Court for the County of Suffolk is now accepting electronically filed (E-Filed) petitions for admission to the bar by motion without examination.
Clerk for Suffolk County Departments
- Single Justice
This department is responsible for the single justice caseload, or trial court docket, of the Supreme Judicial Court.
- Attorney Services
The Attorney Services department receives and maintains petitions for admission to the Massachusetts bar, coordinates the formal admission ceremony of new attorneys, issues Certificates of Admission and Good Standing, processes applications for student practitioners and attorneys from foreign jurisdictions, applications for licensing of foreign legal consultants, attorney name changes, as well as provides certified copies of Petitions for Admission.
- Bar Docket
This department is responsible for matters filed by the Board of Bar Overseers pertaining to attorney discipline and administrative matters affecting members of the Massachusetts bar. The bar docket's administrative matters may include the appointment of a commissioner in the event of an attorney's death or disappearance, transfer of an attorney to disability inactive status, and the enforcement of a subpoena in connection with investigative proceedings before the Board of Bar Overseers.