Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners

The Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) is established by G.L. c. 221 §§35 & 36 to evaluate the qualifications of persons seeking admission to the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The BBE evaluates each bar applicant to determine whether they have the qualifications and acquirements required for admission, and whether they “…(e)mbody that degree of honesty, integrity, and discretion that the public and members of the bench and bar have the right to demand of a lawyer.” Board of Bar Examiners Rule V. pdf format of Rules of the Board of Bar Examiners

The BBE meets its responsibility to ensure that persons admitted to the Massachusetts bar are fully qualified by education, knowledge, and character and fitness through the administration of the semi-annual Massachusetts bar examination; the evaluation and investigation of credentials of attorneys from other jurisdictions seeking admission on motion to the Massachusetts bar; the evaluation of the educational background of applicants educated in foreign jurisdictions; and the investigation of the character and fitness for admission of all applicants.

Bar Examination

July 2014 Bar Exam Results:  The results for the July 2014 exam were sent via postal mail on October 22, 2014.   The list of passing applicants will be posted on the website on Monday, October 27, 2014.

February 2015 Bar Exam:

When: Wednesday, February 25 and February 26, 2015

Where: Boston: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC)

       Springfield: Western New England University School of Law


Application: The Application is available at Bar Exam Application Forms and Filing Instructions .  The completed application for the February 2015 Massachusetts Bar Examination must be received by December 5, 2014.  

Application Fee: Application for Admission by Bar Examination: $815.00

Technology Fee: (to use laptop for the essay portion of the exam): $75.00

If applicable, COMBINE the filing fee and technology fee into a single payment of $890.00 in the form of a bank check or money order payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Please take notice, all fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

In the unusual event of a major weather concern, please review our Inclement Weather Policy pdf format of Inclement Weather Policy
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Future Exam DatesTest Dates
February 2015February 25-26, 2015
July 2015July 29-30, 2015
February 2016February 24-25, 2016
July 2016July 27-28, 2016
February 2017February 22-23, 2017
July 2017July 26-27, 2017

Message to Military Spouses seeking Admission to the Massachusetts bar

The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners welcomes inquiries and applications for Admission on Motion from attorney spouses of service members in the United States Uniformed Services.  Understanding the unique challenges faced by military spouse attorneys who move frequently in support of  the nation’s defense, the Board of Bar Examiners is committed to working with these applicants to accommodate their unique circumstances and to expedite the bar application process to the extent possible when their service brings them to Massachusetts.

Military spouse attorneys are encouraged to contact Board of Bar Examiners Executive Director, Marilyn.Wellington, at (617) 482-4466 or Marilyn.Wellington@bbe.state.ma.us, for more information regarding this process.