You will receive your first notification from Odyssey Guide & File confirming your Petition for Admission By Examination has been submitted to the Court for review. Save this confirmation to your computer.
After you submit your Petition and documents, the Supreme Judicial Court can access and will review your Petition and documents over the next 10 -15 business days. You will then receive a second notification from Odyssey Guide & File. Please watch your email, including your junk mail folder, for these notices. If you do not receive your notice after 15 business days, please contact the Court.
It your filing successfully includes all required documents, you will receive a notice indicating your Petition has been Accepted. If your documents do NOT adhere to the PDF formatting protocols detailed on this page, you will receive a Rejected notification with instructions to correct the errors and resubmit your Petition.
Do not panic! Please do not attempt to refile or cancel payment on your own. The Court will assist you to correct any submission that has been rejected. In most cases, you will be able to fix the error yourself and re-submit your petition.
Please note: Your bank or credit card company might put a temporary “hold” placed on your funds when you make your submission, but your credit card will not actually be charged until your submission is accepted by the Court. If your submission is rejected, please DO NOT contact your financial institution about cancelling the charge. The hold on funds will be released soon after the rejection is made. You can be assured that you will not be charged twice if you follow these instructions.
In the meantime, the court will work with you to rectify the cause for your petition’s rejection. The cause will be detailed in your notice of rejection, and will likely be a data input or document naming error. Following the instruction on this page and using the document naming conventions contained in this document, File Name Conventions – Bar Petitions will minimize the chance of your petition’s rejection. When you receive a rejection notice for a user error, you will be able to return to your previous filing, correct the error, and resubmit. If you are not able to correct the error on your own, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a screenshot of your error message, your contact information, your envelope number, and the date and time of your submission. Please do not call. Email the information and staff will review and reach out to you in the order in which your message is received. Everyone following this protocol will be helped and given the opportunity to successfully file.
Personal Information Updates
If you have changed your name, address, email or other contact information after the filing of your Petition, you should immediately submit that new information to the Court. If you have legally changed your name, you must submit a completed Affidavit of Name Change Form. If you need to modify any other personal information, please use the Personal Information Change Form.
Employment, Education and Disclosure Updates
Changes to your employment history, educational record or other disclosures you made in your petition, must be reported to the Court. Your rider page must include your name, address and type of petition (Examination, Re-Examination), as well as your NCBE # and the disclosure category you intend to update (e.g. employment, legal, civil action, etc.).
It is imperative that you notify the Court of any changes to the information that you provided in your petition for admission as soon as possible. The updated information should be detailed in either one of the forms provided or on a written rider page. All pertinent documents should be emailed to email@example.com.