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Press Release Massachusetts Bar Examination Postponed

For immediate release:
3/30/2020
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Massachusetts Court System
  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners

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Jennifer Donahue and Erika Gully-Santiago

BOSTON, MAThe Supreme Judicial Court and the Board of Bar Examiners today announced that, due to the ongoing public health emergency arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts bar examination will not be administered on July 28 and July 29, 2020 as previously scheduled. The bar exam has been postponed until fall, on dates to be determined.

The Board of Bar Examiners, in consultation with the Supreme Judicial Court, will continue to closely monitor public health and safety guidelines, including prohibitions against large gatherings, related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the event that limitations on large gatherings continue to interfere with a fall administration of the Massachusetts bar examination, alternative means for testing of applicants for Massachusetts bar admission will be devised and announced.

The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) is established by G.L. c. 221 §§35 & 36 to evaluate the qualifications of persons seeking admission to the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court 

The Supreme Judicial Court is the Commonwealth's highest appellate court.

Massachusetts Court System 

The Massachusetts court system consists of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, the Executive Office of the Trial Court, the 7 Trial Court departments, the Massachusetts Probation Service, and the Office of Jury Commissioner.

Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners 

A Message from the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners

The impact of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis on the Massachusetts administration of the July 2020 Uniform Bar Examination is not certain at this time. The Board of Bar Examiners is in close contact with the National Conference of Bar Examiners and other jurisdictions as we all consider possible options for the July exam in the event that bar admission office closures or prohibitions against large gatherings remain in effect. Please continue to monitor the Board of Bar Examiners website (www.mass.gov/bbe) and Facebook page for updated information. The Office of the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for the County of Suffolk continues to accept, by mail, Petitions for Admission by Examination to the Massachusetts Bar. Information regarding Admission Petition filing requirements, including signature requirements, may be found at www.mass.gov/attorney-services. Questions may also be directed to the Clerk’s Office at (617) 557-1050.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

Marilyn J. Wellington, Executive Director

Robert L. Harris, Chair

Marie Buckley, Bar Examiner

Barbara Healy Smith, Bar Examiner

Carol A. Kelly, Bar Examiner

Francis J. O'Connor, Bar Examiner

The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) is established by G.L. c. 221 §§35 & 36 to evaluate the qualifications of persons seeking admission to the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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