1. When applying to sit for the Massachusetts bar exam, am I required to complete a character and fitness application that is separate from the general application for admission?
  2. Does the Board of Bar Examiners have standards regarding Character and Fitness of applicants?
  3. I am unsure which incidents should be disclosed on my bar application?
  4. If I am unable to obtain court records, what should I do?
  5. Will I be admitted if I have financial matters that have resulted in a judgment being taken out against me?
  6. Can I be admitted while I am serving a probation sentence?
  7. Can I sit for the bar exam if I have pending legal actions?
  8. If I am arrested, named party in a legal action, etc., since filing my bar application, what should I do?

1. When applying to sit for the Massachusetts bar exam, am I required to complete a character and fitness application that is separate from the general application for admission?

No. The Massachusetts Petition for Admission incorporates character and fitness questions into the general application.

2. Does the Board of Bar Examiners have standards regarding character and fitness of applicants?

Yes. The Board of Bar Examiners Rule V pdf format of Rules of the Board of Bar Examiners
details Character and Fitness Standards for Admission.

3. I am unsure which incidents should be disclosed on my bar application?

Any questions regarding disclosure should be immediately addressed to the Board of Bar Examiners at (617) 482-4466.

4. If I am unable to obtain court records, what should I do?

Applicants are required to make all reasonable efforts to procure all court records. When court records are required, the applicant is required to submit these records unless the court does not have them available. In this instance, the applicant must obtain a letter from the court stating that the records are not available. In all other instances, requested court records must be submitted.

5. Will I be admitted if I have financial matters that have resulted in a judgment being taken out against me?

Financial matters that have resulted in an unresolved judgment may delay an applicant's admission to the Massachusetts bar.

6. Can I be admitted while I am serving a probation sentence?

In general, the Board of Bar Examiners will not recommend admission to the Massachusetts Bar prior to the completion of any court ordered sentencing or other criminal sanctions.

7. Can I sit for the bar exam if I have pending legal actions?

Any person who meets the requirements of the rules pertaining to bar admission is eligible to sit for the bar exam. For rules governing the Massachusetts Bar Exam, please see Rules Pertaining to Bar Admission pdf format of Rules of the Board of Bar Examiners
.

8. If I am arrested, named party in a legal action, etc., since filing my bar application, what should I do?

You must immediately report any such action(s) to the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk's Office for Suffolk County and send a copy to the Board of Bar Examiners.