How to file for admission by examination

Review the filing process for a Petition for Admission by Examination for the first time

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

To file your Petition for Admission by Examination, you must include the filing fee and a fully completed Petition.  The Supreme Judicial Court Clerk for The County of Suffolk does not provide a verification of receipt of the petition by the filing deadline.  All fees must be paid by money order or certified bank check made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and are no-refundable.

Information and documents you will need in order to complete the Petition by examination:

  • Current contact information, including address and phone number
  • Valid email address
  • NCBE number 
  • Information regarding surname changes, if any, including the date of, location of, 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 
  • Dates of all other applications and bar admissions to jurisdictions (if any)
  • Official score transfer from NCBE for a UBE exam taken within 36 months of filing the Petition (if applicable) 
  • Law school certificate 
  • MPRE score report showing scaled score of 85 or higher - unofficial is acceptable 
  • Certificate(s) of Good Standing (if applicable) 
  • Grievance Letter (if applicable) 
  • 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 
  • Letters of Recommendation - two current letters are required
  • Laptop Registration and Statement of Compliance forms (if applicable)

Fees

Name Fee Unit
Petition $815 each
Laptop program fee $75 each

How to apply

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 submit 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.

Petitions may be filed in person 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

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.

Petitions may be filed by mail 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

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 submit 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.

Petitions may be filed in person 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

More info

You must print the Petition, sign and file with all attachments by mail or in person.

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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