Guide Guide to Filing a Petition for Admission by Re-Examination

Instructions for re-submitting a petition for admission to the bar of the Commonwealth by re-examination, pursuant to Rule 3:01, §1.1, with the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for The County of Suffolk. If you are not a first-time petitioner for the Massachusetts Bar Exam, please follow these instructions to re-apply.

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COVID-19 information

On May 4, 2020, The Board of Bar Examiners issued a notice stating that the Massachusetts Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) will be held on September 30-October 1, 2020 and that, in order to observe social distancing requirements and to ensure the safety of examinees, the number of available in-person seats will be limited and, therefore, prioritized.

Accordingly and because statutory case filing fees and technology fees are NOT refundable, the Supreme Judicial Court has set dates for e-filing these Petitions for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar by UBE Examination which will support those priorities as detailed in this announcement. These petitions must be filed using the new e-filing portal listed below, with the first priority group starting on June 1, 2020.

Announcement on Filing Dates for Petitions for Admission by UBE Examination

What you will need

You will need the following information & documents to complete your electronic application. Before filing, assemble all required documents & electronically save them so they are available for upload when you complete the Petition for Admission Interview.

Personal information required

  • Current contact information, including address, phone number and valid email address
  • If applicable, any information regarding changes to your surname, including the date of change, location of change, and reason for change
  • Residential address history for previous five (5) years, including dates (month & year) 
  • Education history including all disciplinary actions and applicable records 
  • Employment history since the age of eighteen (18) with dates of employment, employer reference, and reason for leaving 

Character and fitness information required

  • Legal Proceedings (civil, administrative, criminal, financial, charges, grievances, suspensions and all  supporting documentation, including current disposition and statement of details.) 
  • Legal practice discipline if applicable (charges, grievances, suspensions, etc.) including records and statement of details 

Other information / documents required

  • NCBE number;
  • Dates of applications and admissions to bars of any other jurisdictions (if applicable);
  • Certificate(s) of Good Standing from the highest court of any jurisdiction to which you are admitted (if applicable);
  • Grievance Letter from the attorney disciplinary committee of any jurisdiction to which you are admitted (if applicable), and;  
  • If sitting for the UBE in another jurisdiction (on test dates in 2020 of July 28-29, September 9-10 or September 30-October 1) AND applying concurrently in Massachusetts, your UBE score must be received by Massachusetts within 10 business days of the release date of your exam results by the jurisdiction where you sat for the UBE.
  • Laptop Registration and Statement of Compliance forms, if applicable

Recommendations required

Petitions for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar by UBE Examination/Re-Examination in September 2020 will not require wet signatures. Photocopies and electronic signatures will be accepted. The electronic signature can take the form of either a scan of the handwritten signature, an electronically inserted image intended to substitute for a signature, or a "/s/ name of signatory" block. See Supreme Judicial Court Order authorizing use of electronic signatures by attorneys and self-represented litigants.

How to file

Note: Before filing electronically, you must assemble all required documents and electronically save them so that they are available for upload during your completion of the Petition for Admission Interview.

Electronic Filing:

  • Register with the Court's E-Filing vendor, Tyler Technologies 
  • Complete the online Petition for Admission by Re-Examination Interview 
  • Review your answers and confirm that all requisite documents to your Petition for Admission were uploaded, including any records required as a result of certain affirmative responses within the interview.
  • Fees - Electronically pay the court filing fee, laptop program fee and Tyler Technologies service fee using a credit card.
  • Electronically File your Petition for Admission with the Court; you will receive an e-confirmation from Tyler that your Petition was referred to the Court, where it will there be reviewed and you will receive an e-confirmation from the Court indicating whether your filing has been accepted.

Fees

Court filing fees for a petition for admission by examination

Name Fee
Court filing fee for petition $815
Technology fee $75
Tyler e-filing fees $22

If you feel you are not able to pay your court fees, you may check to see if you meet the eligibility requirements for indigency (waiver of fees). If you believe you qualify for the fee waiver, you should:

  1. Complete the Affidavit of Indigency. If applicable, complete the Supplement to the Affidavit of Indigency (if you claim eligibility under Category (C) of the Affidavit of Indigency). Please be advised that affidavits of indigency and their supplement are impounded (non-public) documents.
  2. Scan or save this document in PDF format for upload during e-filing.

If, after review, your waiver request is not granted by the court, you will be contacted with instructions for submitting the payment of your required fees.

Additional Resources for Fees

After you 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 SJCAttorneyServices@jud.state.ma.us.

Related

Nonstandard Testing Accommodations

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) with the Board of Bar Examiners. Learn more at: About nonstandard testing accommodations.

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