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News Important Filing Information For Petitions for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar By Examination (UBE) on September 30-October 1, 2020

5/13/2020
  • SJC Clerk's Office for the County of Suffolk

On May 4, 2020, The Board of Bar Examiners issued an Important Notice that, due to social distancing requirements and to ensure the safety of examinees, the number of available in-person seats for the September 30-October 1, 2020 Massachusetts Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) will be limited and, therefore, prioritized. Accordingly, and because the statutory case filing fee and technology fee are NOT refundable, the Supreme Judicial Court's dates for e-filing Petitions for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar by Examination (UBE) on September 30 - October 1, 2020 will be similarly prioritized as follows:

JUNE 1-24, 2020 E-Filing Period:

1. Petitions for admission by examination (UBE) from all graduates of law schools located in Massachusetts who have met all requirements of S.J.C. Rule 3:01 (including having obtained a passing score on the MPRE) and who are sitting for the bar exam for a first time or a second time. These graduates will receive a link to the bar admission by examination e-filing platform via email on June 1, 2020.

JUNE 25 - JULY 17, 2020 E-Filing Period:

The link to the Court's bar admission by examination e-filing platform will be publicly available on the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk's Office's Attorney Services' webpage at Mass.gov on June 25, 2020.

2. Petitions for admission by examination (UBE) from graduates of ABA-approved law schools located outside of Massachusetts who have met all requirements of S.J.C. Rule 3:01 (including having obtained a passing score on the MPRE) and who are sitting for a UBE for the first time. These petitions for admission will be accepted next on a rolling basis based on seat availability and date of filing after those received from graduates listed in #1 above.

3. Petitions for admission by examination (UBE) from graduates of ABA-approved law schools in 2018 or 2019 who have met all requirements of S.J.C. Rule 3:01 (including having obtained a passing score on the MPRE). These petitions will be accepted next on a rolling basis based on seat availability and date of filing after those received from graduates listed in #1 and #2 above.

4. Petitions for admission by examination (UBE) from all other petitioners seeking admission to the Massachusetts Bar by Examination (UBE) who have met all requirements of S.J.C. Rule 3:01 (including having obtained a passing score on the MPRE). These petitions will be accepted next on a rolling basis based on seat availability and date of filing after those received from graduates listed in #1, #2 and #3 above.

THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT CLERK'S OFFICE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO STOP ACCEPTING PETITIONS FOR ADMISSION BY EXAMINATION FOR THE SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 1, 2020 MASSACHUSETTS UNIFORM BAR EXAMINATION ONCE THE SEATING CAPACITY FOR ITS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN REACHED.  

NOTE: The Supreme Judicial Court Clerk's Office will continue to accept Petitions for Admission by Transfer of UBE Score from persons achieving a UBE score of 270 or higher from a UBE administration in another jurisdiction. 

SJC Clerk's Office for the County of Suffolk 

4/01/2020 - Message from Clerk Maura Doyle

During the coronavirus public health crisis, the SJC Clerk's Office for Suffolk County is open, however, there is no physical, public access to the Clerk's Office except for limited emergency circumstances. A limited number of staff are working in the Clerk's Office from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, to docket and process any filings, including any new petitions, complaints and applications. Please be advised that processing times may be impacted by staff reductions related to the ongoing crisis. Contact information for the office and links to our business areas can be found below.
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