The Massachusetts Bar Examination is administered twice each year in February and July and on two (2) consecutive days. Day one of the exam is the Multi-State Bar Examination (MBE) and day two (2) is the Massachusetts essay portion of the exam. The MBE and the essay sections must be taken concurrently. It is acceptable to take the MBE in another jurisdiction and transfer the scores to Massachusetts only if the MBE is taken concurrently with the Massachusetts essay exam. MBE scores from a previous exam period will not be accepted. Important note: if you plan to sit for the Massachusetts bar exam concurrently with a jurisdiction that administers the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), you must sit for the MBE in the UBE jurisdiction.
Suggestions on Writing the Exam Essays is a tool for the applicants in preparing for the exam. Subjects that will be tested include:
|Access to Justice||Federal Rules of Civil Procedure|
|Agency||Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure|
|Business Organizations||Professional Responsibility|
|Constitutional Law||Real Property (including Mortgages)|
|Descent & Distribution of Estates||Unfair or Deceptive Practices (G.L.c. 93A)|
|Domestic Relations||Uniform Commercial Code (articles 1-9)|
|Evidence (including Federal Rules)||Wills|
The exams are currently held in Boston and Springfield, MA. Exact locations and times are subject to change so it is important for applicants to be aware of the information pertinent to the current exam. Details will be available with the application. The application is available for approximately 75 days for an applicant to complete. The requirements to be eligible to apply for admission to the Massachusetts Bar can be found in the Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:01 and the Board of Bar Examiners for attorneys. Prior to sitting for the Massachusetts Bar examination, all applicants must have achieved a scaled score of 85 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). Information regarding the MPRE test and dates can be found at the National Conference of Bar Examiners at NCBE.
To Apply to Take the Bar Exam and other information regarding the exam day, including laptop usage, system requirements and software, what to bring and the security policy can be found via the links below.
Applicants requesting testing accommodations should review the Information Concerning Nonstandard Testing Accommodations for the required forms and documentation for submission to the Board of Bar Examiners.