Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar by Transfer of Uniform Bar Examination Score

Petition for Admission by UBE Score Transfer.

Supreme Judicial Court for the County of Suffolk

The Details of Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar by Transfer of Uniform Bar Examination Score

What you need for Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar by Transfer of Uniform Bar Examination Score

Information you will need:

*3/20/20 - Please note that, due to the ongoing public health emergency in Massachusetts, the following changes are in place for all petitions for admission by transfer of UBE score:

  • Applications may only be submitted by mail or e-filing while the John Adams Courthouse is closed to the public.
  • Applications will not require wet signatures for attorney recommendations or letters of recommendation. Photocopies will be accepted.
  • All other questions may be directed to the Attorney Services Department at (617) 557-1050 or via email at sjccountyclerk@sjc.state.ma.us.
  • For further information on the exam, please be sure to read the message at the Board of Bar Examiners page.

 

  • Valid email address
  • NCBE number
  • Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) information detailing the date of the exam (taken within 36 months), the jurisdiction where you took the UBE, and, the Score (270 or higher).
  • Surname Information - date, location, and reason for change
  • Address history for previous 5 years, including dates
  • Education history including all disciplinary actions and applicable records
  • Employment (legal and other) history since the age of eighteen (18) with dates of employment, employer reference, and reason for leaving
  • Dates of all other applications and admissions to jurisdictions
  • Dates of all Professional licenses applications (other than as an attorney)
  • Appointed, Elected or Judicial appointments
  • Professional discipline - other than attorney discipline - (charges, grievances, suspensions, etc.) and applicable records
  • Legal practice discipline (charges, grievances, suspensions, etc.) and applicable records
  • Legal Proceedings (other than as representing counsel for civil, administrative, criminal, financial, charges, grievances, suspensions, etc.) and applicable records
  • Important Information for Foreign-Educated AttorneysAs a prerequisite to submitting a Petition for Admission by Transfer UBE Score, foreign-educated attorneys are required to seek an Advanced Determination of Eligibility, as required by Board of Bar Examiners Rule VI.  Petitions for Admission received without the required Advanced Determination of Eligibility will be placed in pending status until the required Advanced Determination of Eligibility has been confirmed.  Click  Advanced Determination of Eligibility for Foreign-Educated Attorneys for more information.


Documents you are required to attach to your Petition for Admission by Transfer of Uniform Bar Exam
Score Earned in another Jurisdiction
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Assemble the following documents.

  • Confirmation issued from the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) that you requested your UBE score transcript (showing a test date within 36 months and a score of 270 or higher) be sent to Massachusetts.
  • Law School Certificate completed, signed and dated by your law school.
  • MPRE Score Report -You may request a copy of your MPRE Score Report by contacting the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) via email at score.services@ncbex.org or visit their website at www.ncbex.org . You can also contact NCBE at 608-280-8550.

If you have not previously taken the MPRE, you must take and achieve a scaled MPRE score of 85 or greater prior to filing a Petition for Admission.

  • Two Letters of Recommendation You must adhere to the strict protocol required for the Letters of Recommendation. See the Guidelines for Letters of Recommendation for additional information.
  • Certificates of Admission and Good Standing and Grievance Letters, if applicable:
  1. Current (dated within 90 days of filing) Certificate(s) of Admission and Good Standing from the highest judicial court of each state, district, territory, province or foreign country to which you are admitted.
  2. Current (dated within 90 days of filing) Grievance Letter from the grievance or disciplinary entity of each state, district, territory, province or foreign country to which you are admitted, indicating that there are no charges pending against you. 
  • Statement of Details to certain responses, if applicable.
  • Records of any Legal Practice discipline (charges, grievances, suspensions, etc.), if applicable.
  • Records of any Professional (other than attorney) discipline (charges, grievances, suspensions, etc.), if applicable. 
  • Records of any Legal Proceedings (other than as representing counsel for civil, administrative, criminal, financial, charges, grievances, suspensions, etc.), if applicable.
  • Recommendation from a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, or of any state district or territory of the United States (see required form in Downloads below).

Fees for Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar by Transfer of Uniform Bar Examination Score

Name Fee Unit
Admission by UBE Score Transfer $815 each

How to apply Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar by Transfer of Uniform Bar Examination Score

File Online 

Before completing the Petition for Admission Interview, you must register with the Court's E-Filing vendor, Tyler Technologies at: https://massachusetts.tylerhost.net/SRL/Account/Register?ReturnUrl=%2Fsrl

Complete the online Petition for Admission Interview at: https://efilema.tylerhost.net/srl

  • Complete and electronically sign the Petition for Admission by Transfer of Uniform Bar Examination, and
  • verify that:
  1. You meet the eligibility requirements under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:01, §3;
  2. Each and every question, including dates, is fully answered;
  3. Complete details are provided;
  4. Each "yes” or “no” question has a “yes” or “no” response;
  5. Rider pages, if applicable, are typed with your name (printed) and signed; and,
  6. Pages requiring your signature are signed (photocopies are not accepted).
  •  Attach all required documents, riders and records to the Petition.  Questions regarding this may be directed to the Attorney Services Department of the Clerk for the County of Suffolk at 617-557-1050.

Notifications by E-Mail ONLY: The Supreme Judicial Court will e-mail notification when the Petition is docketed and referred to the Board of Bar Examiners (BBE). The BBE will e-mail other pertinent information accordingly.

Questions regarding these filing requirements may be directed to the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk’sOffice for Suffolk County at 617-557-1050, unless otherwise stated.

Questions regarding the content of the Petition for Admission may be directed to the Board of Bar Examiners at (617) 482-4466.
 

Complete the Petition for Admission 

  • Complete and sign the Petition for Admission by Transfer of Uniform Bar Examination, and
  • verify that:
  1. You meet the eligibility requirements under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:01, §3;
  2. Each and every question, including dates, is fully answered;
  3. Complete details are provided;
  4. Each "yes” or “no” question has a “yes” or “no” response;
  5. Rider pages, if applicable, are typed with your name (printed) and signed; and,
  6. Pages requiring your signature are signed (photocopies are not accepted).
  •  Attach all required documents, riders and records to the Petition.  Do not staple.  Questions regarding this may be directed to the Attorney Services Department of the Clerk for the County of Suffolk at 617-557-1050.

Mail Petition for Admission by Transfer of Uniform Bar Examination Score

  • Send completed Petition, fee and all attachments by first class mail or in-person to:

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

Notifications by E-Mail ONLY: The Supreme Judicial Court will e-mail notification when the Petition is docketed and referred to the Board of Bar Examiners (BBE). The BBE will e-mail other pertinent information accordingly.

Questions regarding these filing requirements may be directed to the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk’sOffice for Suffolk County at 617-557-1050, unless otherwise stated.

Questions regarding the content of the Petition for Admission may be directed to the Board of Bar Examiners at (617) 482-4466.

More info for Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar by Transfer of Uniform Bar Examination Score

Once a Petition for Admission is filed, the Petition will be evaluated over a period of up to four (4) months, during which time the Board will review and evaluate the Petition.  The Petitioner will be provided with a determination of the Board's decision following the completion of this process.

Every person filing a Petition for Admission to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on or after March 1, 2018 is required to pass a Massachusetts Law Component exam as a condition of bar admission. See https://www.mass.gov/how-to/the-massachusetts-law-component-mlc  for further information regarding this requirement.

Downloads for Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar by Transfer of Uniform Bar Examination Score

Contact for Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar by Transfer of Uniform Bar Examination Score

Address
Maura S. Doyle, Clerk
John Adams Courthouse, 1st Floor, One Pemberton Square, Suite 1300, Boston, MA 02108-1707
Fax
Main 617-557-1117
Attorney Services 617-557-1055
Address
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square, Suite 5-140, Boston, MA 02108
Phone

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

Fax
Fax: (617) 542-5943
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