Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners (BBE)

Massachusetts Bar Exam Update

July 2022 Exam

Results from the July bar exam will be emailed to examinees in late October. 

February 2023 Exam

The February 2023 bar exam will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA and limited seating at Western New England University in Springfield, MA.  See Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Exam Dates: February 21-22, 2023

Filing Period: The Petition for Admission by Examination filing period starts on Monday, November 7, 2022, with a filing deadline of the close of business (4:30 PM) on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

FAQs Regarding the Bar Exam in Massachusetts 

Contact us


John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square, Suite 5-140, Boston, MA 02108


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


Fax: (617) 542-5943

About the BBE

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.

The Board of Bar Examiners reviews all petitions for admission to the Massachusetts bar submitted by eligible candidates to ensure that all persons admitted to the bar are fully qualified by education, knowledge, and character and fitness. See forms and general information relating to the admission process in Massachusetts - this list will provide various forms and information that will be helpful for navigating the admission process.

Who we are

The Board:

Robert L. Harris, Esq., Chair

Marie P. Buckley, Esq.

Carol A. Kelly, Esq.

Francis J. O'Connor, Esq.

Barbara Healy Smith, Esq.

Administrative Staff:

Kandace J. Kukas, Esq., Executive Director

Laura Colby, Senior Manager of Operations

Dan Feeney, Fiscal and Operations Assistant

Sonya Grant, Program Coordinator for Testing

Wadner Oge, Esq., Counsel for Bar Admissions

Gwendolyn Pruitt, Office Manager

Jessica Rush, Administrative Project Coordinator

Sandra Strong, Director of Testing

Mark Thacker, Character and Fitness Analyst

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