Filing Instructions

1. First time applicants seeking admission to the Massachusetts bar should fill out the online application , (applicants can save and return to the application at a later date, or print). Alternatively, applicants can fill out the Application Form in PDF format pdf format of Mass. Bar Exam Application for First Time Applicants (fillable online or can be printed and filled out by hand). 

The application form includes a petition cover sheet, a petition to the court requiring your original signature and an original signature by the recommending attorney, the applicant's Statement to the Board of Bar Examiners requiring your original signature, the authorization form requiring your original signature, and a Law School Certificate completed by the graduating law school.

You may contact the Board of Bar Examiners directly at 617-482-4466 with questions regarding the proper disclosure of information required in the Statement to the Board of Bar Examiners.

If you graduate from law school on or after the filing deadline, the Law School Certificate must be filed with the Clerk's office no later than fourteen (14) days from the date of graduation (received not postmarked).

2. Multistate Professional Responsibility Score Report (official or unofficial) showing a scaled score of 85 or greater. The MPRE is administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and is given three times per year, in March, August, and November. For an application, call 608-280-8558. For a copy of your Score Report you can call 608-280-8558, send an email to score.services@ncbex.org, or visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners' website. Note: You must contact the National Conference of Bar Examiners and request that your individual Score Report be sent directly to you so you can submit it with your application to sit. Your MPRE Score Report must be filed with your application.

3. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation. Click here for guidelines.

4.  A Certificate of Admission and Good Standing, if applicable, from each jurisdiction in which you have been admitted to practice law.

5.  Filing Fees:

  • If taking the test without the technology fee ($75) associated with the Laptop Computer Testing Program, please submit $815.00 in the form of a money order or bank check payable to Commonwealth of Massachusetts. No personal checks will be accepted. All filing fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • If taking the test with the technology fee ($75) associated with the Laptop Computer Testing Program, please submit a single payment of $890.00 (combined filing fee and technology fee) in the form of a money order or bank check payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and a Registration and Statement of Compliance Form (included in the First Time Application Form). No personal checks will be accepted. All filing fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please note that in addition to these fees, you will also be billed separately by ExamSoft for the $100.00 software license and service fee.

Send all of the above materials and filing fees to the following mailing address:
Maura S. Doyle, Clerk
Supreme Judicial Court for The County of Suffolk
John Adams Courthouse, 1st Floor
One Pemberton Square, Suite 1300
Boston, MA 02108-1707

NOTE: Incomplete Applications for Admission will not be accepted for filing by the Clerk's Office

Nonstandard Testing Accommodations or Alternate Site Seating

Any person in need of nonstandard testing accommodations for the Massachusetts bar examination or alternate site seating in Springfield, MA, is required to file the following with the Board of Bar Examiners (BBE):

1. Nonstandard Testing Accommodations - If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodations on the bar examination, you must complete and file the Nonstandard Testing Accommodation form available at the BBE's office or online at www.mass.gov/bbe.

Both the applicant and professionals must complete these forms to provide the BBE with details and documentation relating to the disability.

The Nonstandard Testing Accommodations form shall be submitted in duplicate to the Board of Bar Examiners on or before the filing deadline. Note: Do not submit your nonstandard testing accommodations form to the Clerk's Office. 

2. Springfield Seating - The examination will also be administered in Springfield, MA, on the examination dates at Western New England University School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA. To request seating in Springfield, please fill out the Springfield Seating Request Form pdf format of Springfield Seating Request Form and mail it to the Board of Bar Examiners (address below).

For lodging information, call the Office of Travel & Tourism: 1-800-447-MASS or www.massvacation.com or the BBE at 617-482-4466. 

Send Nonstandard Testing Accommodations forms and/or Springfield Seating Request forms to the following mailing address:

Board of Bar Examiners
Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
24 New Chardon Street, First Floor
Boston, MA 02114