File a Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar by Re-Examination

If you are not a first-time petitioner for the Massachusetts Bar Exam, please follow these instructions to re-apply.

Supreme Judicial Court for the County of Suffolk

Phone

Main phone number 617-557-1100
Attorney Services 617-557-1050

Hours: Weekdays (except holidays) 8:30 am - 4:30pm

Online

Contact via email sjccountyclerk@sjc.state.ma.us

The Details

What you need

Your petition for admission by re-examination includes:

  • Petition Cover Sheet 
  • Petition to the Court requiring your original signature and an original signature by the recommending attorney
  • Petitioner’s statement to the Board of Bar Examiners requiring your name and original signature
  • NCBE Identification Number: You must have a valid NCBE Identification Number. See your MPRE Score Report for your number. If you do not have an NCBE number yet, visit https://accounts.ncbex.org/php/ncbe_number/ to obtain your valid NCBE Identification number.
  • Authorization Form, requiring your original signature
  • Law School Certificate only if you did not submit these with your previous petition
  • Letters of Recommendation only if you did not submit these with your previous petition
  • Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) Report, only if you did not submit these with your previous petition
  • Certificate(s) of Admission and Good Standing (if applicable)  
  • Laptop Computer Registration & Statement of Compliance, if applicable, with the technology fee of $75.00 in the form of a money order or bank check made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (if applicable). Please note no personal checks will be accepted.
  • Filing Fee: Money order or certified bank check made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. No personal checks accepted. If applicable, combine the filing fee and technology fee into a single payment of $890.00 in the form of a bank check or money order payable to the Commonwealth. All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Your Petition for re-examination will be returned to you if said requirements are not on file with the Clerk’s office. 

Fees

Name Fee Unit
Technology Fee (Non-refundable/Non-transferable) $75 each
Filing Fee (Non-refundable/Non-transferable) $815 each

How to file

The reapplication form includes a petition cover sheet, a petition to the court requiring your original signature and an original signature by the recommending attorney, the applicant's Statement to the Board of Bar Examiners requiring your original signature and the authorization form requiring your original signature. The reapplication must be filed (not postmarked) by December 8, 2017.

You may register and log in at https://barapp.sjccountyclerk.com/  to complete the petition online or you can download the PDF below.  Once the form is completed, you must print and mail the petition and all required documentation.

Filing fee: Combine filing fee of $815.00  and laptop fee of $75.00 (if applicable) payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the form of a certified bank check or money order. No personal or firm checks will be accepted.

The filing deadline for the February 2018 exam is December 8, 2017.

File the petition for re-examination found below with required attachments addressed to:

Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County
Clerk Maura S. Doyle
One Pemberton Square
John Adams Courthouse – Suite 1300
Boston, MA 02108-1707

You may register and log in at https://barapp.sjccountyclerk.com/  to complete the petition online or you can download the PDF below.  Once the form is completed, you must print the petition and all required documentation.

Filing fee: Combine filing fee of $815.00  and laptop fee of $75.00 (if applicable) payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the form of a certified bank check or money order. No personal or firm checks will be accepted.

Petitions may be filed in person by the December 8, 2017 filing deadline at:

Supreme Judicial Court for The County of Suffolk 
Clerk Maura S. Doyle
One Pemberton Square
John Adams Courthouse, Suite 1300
Boston, MA 02108-1707

 

Next steps

Taking the Bar Exam

The bar exam will be administered on February 28 and March 1, 2018 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), 415 Summer St, Boston, MA 02110 and at Western New England University School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01119.

More info

The application must be received (not postmarked) by the deadline.  The deadline for the February 2018 exam is December 8, 2017.  It is highly recommended that your application be either hand-delivered or mailed using a return-receipt method, i.e., Priority Mail. Please note that the Clerk’s Office is unable to confirm receipt of your application before the deadline. Incomplete Applications for Admission will not be accepted for filing by the Clerk's Office.

Downloads

Contact

Address

Maura S. Doyle, Clerk
John Adams Courthouse, 1st Floor, One Pemberton Square, Suite 1300, Boston, MA 02108-1707

Phone

Main phone number 617-557-1100
Attorney Services 617-557-1050

Hours: Weekdays (except holidays) 8:30 am - 4:30pm

Online

Contact via email sjccountyclerk@sjc.state.ma.us

Fax

Main 617-557-1117
Attorney Services 617-557-1055

Address

Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, 24 New Chardon St. 1st flr., Boston, MA 02114

Phone

Office hours are 8:30am-4:30pm M-F.

Online

Fax

(617) 542-5943

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