If you have a disability that will require nonstandard testing accommodations on the bar examination, you must complete and file the application for Nonstandard Testing Accommodations (NTA). The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations on the Massachusetts Bar Examination for qualified applicants with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodation. The Massachusetts Bar Examination is a two-day timed examination designed to test the knowledge and skills necessary for one who seeks admission to the Massachusetts Bar.
Download A Nonstandard Testing Accommodations Application
The Guidelines & Instructions for Filing and Nonstandard Testing Accommodations Application can be downloaded in PDF format. (To view and print these files, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.
This application packet contains seven separate forms, but you need only submit those forms and documents that pertain to your particular disability. Please carefully review the information below to ensure that you submit a complete request. A checklist is provided in Section V of Form 1: Application for Nonstandard Test Accommodations, which you should complete and submit with your application. All required forms and documentation must be submitted together on or before the application deadline for the bar exam for which accommodations are requested.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Some of the forms that must be submitted with your request must be completed by third parties and returned to you for submission to the Board. Make certain that you request completion of these forms by the third parties in a timely manner so that you are able to submit your request by the application deadline.
Form 1: Application for Nonstandard Test Accommodation file size 3MB (must be completed by all applicants requesting accommodations)
This form is part of your request for test accommodations on the bar examination. This form and all other applicable forms and required documentation must be filed on or before the application deadline for the bar exam for which accommodations are requested. If additional space is needed to respond to any item, please attach a separate page.
Form 2: Learning Disability Verification file size 1MB
This form must be completed if accommodations are being requested on the basis of a learning disability.
This form must be completed if accommodations are being requested on the basis of AD/HD.
This form must be completed if accommodations are being requested on the basis of a psychological disability.
Form 5: Visual Disability Verification file size 2MB
This form must be completed if Accommodations are being requested on the basis of visual disability.
This form must be completed if accommodations are being requested on the basis of a physical disability.
Form 7: Certification of Accommodations History file size 2MB (must be completed by all applicants requesting accommodations)
This form must be completed by each educational institution or testing agency from which you have requested accommodations, whether granted or denied. Alternatively, you may provide other proof of your accommodations history, such as a copy of the letter(s) you received from the entity notifying you of the specific accommodations granted or denied. The proof should identify the time frame (e.g., third year of law school) and the nature of the disability (e.g., AD/HD) for which any accommodations were granted or denied.
Please read the NTA Guidelines & Instructions for Filing and Nonstandard Testing Accommodations Application prior to completing an NTA application.
File in Duplicate
The completed NTA application and supporting documentation must be filed in duplicate (the original and a copy) with the Board of Bar Examiners on or before the filing date specified below before a decision on the petition can be made. All forms must be legible, complete and signed.
Completed NTA Application Forms Must Be Submitted To:
The Board of Bar Examiners
Edward W. Brooke Courthouse - 1st flr.
24 New Chardon St.
Boston, MA 02114
DO NOT file the application for nonstandard testing accommodations with your bar exam application.
Filing Deadline: All forms must be submitted to the Board of Bar Examiners by the application deadline of the exam to which you are applying. You are encouraged to file your completed application and required documentation as early as possible. Doing so will facilitate an expedient decision regarding accommodations that may be granted.
An applicant retaking the Massachusetts Bar Examination who continues to believe that an accommodation is needed, must submit a letter stating that he/she requests the same accommodations. The letter shall be submitted in lieu of the application and is due by the application deadline. It is not necessary to resubmit supporting documentation submitted with a previous request, provided the applicant is requesting the same accommodations that were received previously on the Massachusetts Bar Examination (within the last three years); and has had no material changes in his/her condition.
If an applicant is requesting additional accommodations, Form 1: Application for Nonstandard Test Accommodations file size 3MB must be submitted along with the applicable form(s) and necessary supporting documentation.