1. May the attorney who signs a Petition on behalf of an applicant for admission be related to the applicant?
  2. Does the petitioning attorney have to be licensed to practice in Massachusetts?
  3. Should the letters of recommendation submitted in support of my Petition for Admission be filed with the Court in a sealed envelope?
  4. Should letters of recommendation be sent to the Board directly?
  5. Do letters of recommendation have to be signed by an attorney?
  6. Must letters of recommendation include the original signature of the author or can someone else sign on their behalf?
  7. Are there specific requirements for the content or length of a letter of recommendation?
  8. How long does the MPRE score remain valid and what is the minimum passing MPRE score for purposes of admission to the bar in Massachusetts?
  9. Can I take the MPRE after taking the bar exam?
  10. Do I have to list every position I have held since my 18th birthday?
  11. Am I required to list all internship positions?
  12. Can I send in my Springfield Seating Request before filing my application?
  13. I am planning on taking the bar exam concurrently in two (2) jurisdictions.  Does it matter where I sit for the Multi-state Bar Exam (MBE) portion?
  14. When is the application available and what is the deadline?
  15. How can I receive a copy of my bar application?
  16. Am I required to list all jurisdictions to which I am admitted to the bar on the petition cover sheet?
  17. What delivery method is acceptable for filing my application (i.e. hand-delivered, Fedex, etc.)?
  18. I have had a name change and the name on my degree from law school may differ from the name indicated on my Petition for Admission. Is this a problem?
  19. I am already registered with ExamSoft for another bar exam. Am I required to download SofTest separately in each jurisdiction and pay the registration fee for each jurisdiction?
  20. Do computer laptop users sit in the same room as the hand writers for the bar exam?
  21. To what office do I send an addendum for my bar application? What do I have to include?
  22. What should I do if my contact information changes before the exam?

1. May the attorney who signs a Petition on behalf of an applicant for admission be a relative of the applicant?

Yes, a relative can sign your Petition as the recommending attorney on your bar application.

2. Does the petitioning attorney have to be Licensed to practice in Massachusetts?

The petitioning attorney does NOT have to be a Massachusetts attorney. The attorney must be licensed and in good standing in any U.S. jurisdiction..

3. Should letters of recommendation submitted in support of my Petition for Admission be filed with the Court in a sealed envelope?

No, the letters of recommendation are filed as part of your application package and should be included as part of your bar application.

4. Should the letters of recommendation be sent to the Board of Bar Examiners directly?

No, the letters of recommendation are filed as part of your bar application which is filed with the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk's Office for Suffolk County.

5. Do letters of recommendations have to be signed by an attorney?

No. Letters of recommendation do not have to be signed by an attorney. They should be signed by a person, other than a family member or relative, who can speak to your attributes for the practice of law. A member of the bar, however, must sign the petition for admission on page two of the bar application and may also submit one of the letters of recommendation.

6. Must Letters of recommendation include the original signature of the author or can someone else sign on their behalf?

Recommendation letters must be submitted with original signature of the author.

7. Are there specific requirements for the content or length of a letter of recommendation?

There are no specific length or content requirements. Please see Information for Letters of Recommendations.

8. How long does an MPRE score remain valid and what is the minimum passing MPRE score for purpose of admission in Massachusetts?

For purposes of admission to the Massachusetts Bar, your Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) score is valid for an indefinite period. Massachusetts requires a scaled score of 85 or greater on the MPRE.

9. Can I take the MPRE after taking the bar exam?

No, the MPRE score report indicating a passing scaled score of 85 or higher is a filing requirement for admission. All questions regarding the MPRE should be directed to the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk's Office for Suffolk County at (617)557-1050.

10. Do I have to list all the positions I have held since my 18th birthday?

Yes, all jobs must be included on your application.

11. Am I required to list all the internships positions?

Yes, both paid and unpaid.

12. Can I send in my Springfield Seating Request before filing my application?

Yes, you may send your Springfield seating request to the Board of Bar Examiners at the address listed on the form any time during the application filing period. Please note that Springfield seating is very limited.

13. I am planning on taking the bar exam concurrently in two (2) jurisdictions.  Does it matter where I sit for the Multi-state Bar Exam (MBE) portion?

When you sit for the bar exam concurrently in Massachusetts and a jurisdiction that administers the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), the MBE portion of the exam must be taken in the UBE jurisdiction.  If neither jurisdiction administers the UBE,  it will be up to the applicant to decide where to sit for the MBE portion.

14. When is the application available and what is the deadline?

The application and the deadline is set for each exam administration by the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk’s Office for Suffolk County. Please see Important Dates. The application link will be available from the Board of Bar Examiners.

15. How can I receive a copy of my bar application?

The Supreme Judicial Court Clerk’s Office for Suffolk County is the office of record to get a copy of your bar application .

16. Am I required to list all jurisdictions to which I am admitted to the bar on the petition cover sheet?

Yes.

17. What delivery method is acceptable for filing my application (i.e. hand-delivered, Fedex, etc.)?

Any delivery method is acceptable provided the requisite documents are RECEIVED (not postmarked) by the filing deadlines. For more information see How to file the bar application.

18. I have had a name change and the name on my diploma from law school may differ from the name indicated on the Petition for Admission. Is this a problem?

Contact the Supreme Judicial Court Suffolk Clerk's office at (617) 557-1050.

19. I am already registered with ExamSoft for another bar exam.

Yes, you must register with ExamSoft for the each jurisdiction and pay all applicable fees.

20. Do computer laptop users sit in the same room as the hand writers for the bar exam?

Yes, applicants using computer laptops for the essay portion of the exam may be located in the same room with hand writers.

21. To what office do I send an addendum for my bar application? What do I have to include?

Every addendum must be signed, include your name and contact information, and sent to the Clerk's Office for The County of Suffolk

22. What should I do if my contact information changes before the exam?

All contact information needs to be current. Changes should be sent to the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk’s Office for Suffolk County. Complete the Address Change Form pdf format of Address Change Form and mail or fax it as stated on the form.