Graduates of law schools in foreign countries may be permitted to sit for the general bar examination and apply for admission on motion upon obtaining a prior determination of their education sufficiency from the Board of Bar Examiners (BBE). It is important to note that the process to determine eligibility to apply for admission will take a minimum of four (4) months from the date on which the documentation is received by the BBE.  All submitted packages must be complete prior to review.  

Foreign educated attorneys who are currently licensed/eligible to practice law in the foreign jurisdiction will be eligible to apply for admission to the Massachusetts bar upon receiving a determination of educational sufficiency from the BBE as provided  for by the BBE Rule VI. Foreign Law School Graduates  pdf format of Rule VI. Foreign Law School Graduates


Graduates of foreign law schools seeking an advanced determination of their educational sufficiency to sit for the bar examination or apply of admission on motion to the Massachusetts bar, must submit all documentation required by Rule VI.2 to:

Executive Director

Board of Bar Examiners

Edward W. Brooke Courthouse

24 New Chardon Street, First Floor

Boston, MA 02114

Within four months of receipt of complete documentation, the Board of Bar Examiners will notify the foreign law school graduate, in writing, of whether he or she has been determined to have met the educational sufficiency requirements to sit for the bar examination or apply for admission on motion and, if not, what additional steps must be taken in order to obtain a future determination of educational sufficiency.


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