- 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.
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 https://www.mass.gov/how-to/the-massachusetts-law-component-mlc
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 https://www.mass.gov/seeking-admission-to-the-bar-in-massachusetts