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News March 1: Bar Exam and Bar Admission Announcements

  • SJC Clerk's Office for the County of Suffolk

Massachusetts Has Adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

Effective March 1, 2018 Massachusetts will be a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction. The Massachusetts UBE passing score is 270. 

Massachusetts will accept concurrent Petitions for Admission from examinees sitting for the UBE in another jurisdiction.  In order to obtain a UBE score (portable to other UBE jurisdictions), examinees must sit for all components of the UBE in one jurisdiction.  

UBE scores (270 or greater) earned in another UBE jurisdiction within the last 36 months may be transferred to Massachusetts for admission by Petition for Admission by Transfer of  Uniform Bar Examination Score Earned in Another Jurisdiction. 

Please see Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:01 and the Rules of the Board of Bar Examiners

For more information on the UBE, please see National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).


The Massachusetts Law Component (MLC)

Effective March 1, 2018 every person seeking admission to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is required to pass the MLC examination.  The MLC exam will be made available after filing a Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar (by Examination, by Motion or by Transfer of UBE Score).

For more information on the MLC, please see


Deadline for July 2018 Bar Exam

Complete Application must be filed by Friday, May 11, 2018 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

The application must be received (not postmarked) by the Friday, May 11, 2018 deadline. It is highly recommended that your application be either hand-delivered or mailed using a return-receipt method, i.e., priority. The Clerk’s Office is unable to confirm receipt of your application before the deadline.

For more information on the July 2018 Bar Exam, please see

SJC Clerk's Office for the County of Suffolk 

The Clerk's Office for the County of Suffolk is primarily responsible for the single justice caseload of the Supreme Judicial Court, matters filed by the Board of Bar Overseers pertaining to attorney discipline and administrative matters affecting members of the bar, and matters relating to admission to the Bar and the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


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