The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners (Board) considers good character to embody that degree of honesty, integrity and discretion that the public and members of the bench and the bar have the right to demand of a lawyer. The Board considers sufficient acquirements and qualifications to be those that are necessary to demonstrate a lawyer’s fitness to practice law. In evaluating character and fitness, the Board takes into consideration all available pertinent information as to past conduct of the candidate. For further detail on character and fitness as it pertains to bar admission, please see Rules of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Board of Bar Examiners .
For applicants for admission by bar examination, the BBE will conduct an internal investigation of the applicants character and fitness for admission based on the responses to questions provided in the Petition for Admission. For applicants seeking admission by motion, investigation of the applicant's character and fitness for admission is initiated with a background investigation character report prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).
In evaluating an applicant's character and fitness for admission, the BBE considers the conduct of the applicant as set forth in Rules of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Board of Bar Examiners Section V. Successful applicants for admission must manifest the essential attributes set forth in these rules.