Graduates of law schools in foreign countries may be permitted to sit for the general bar examination or petition for admission by 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 petition 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 petition 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 .
Graduates of foreign law schools seeking an advanced determination of their educational sufficiency to sit for the bar examination or petition for admission by motion to the Massachusetts bar, must submit all documentation required by Rule VI.2 to:
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 petition for admission by motion and, if not, what additional steps must be taken in order to obtain a future determination of educational sufficiency.
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