Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners (BBE)

Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners

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.


Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
24 New Chardon St 1st floor, Boston, MA 02114


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



Fax: (617) 542-5943

Who we serve

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.   

Who We Are

The Board:

Mela Lew, Esq., Chair

Robert L. Harris, Esq.

Marie P. Buckley, Esq.

Carol A. Kelly, Esq.

There is an opening for a board member. For more information regarding the position, review the Notice of Vacancy on the Board of Bar Examiners

Administrative Staff:

Marilyn J. Wellington, Esq., Executive Director

Katherine Ahern, Director of Testing and Operations

Kathleen Clemens, Program Coordinator for Testing and Operations

Laura Colby, Business Manager

Rosa Invencio, Executive Assistant

Wadner Oge, Esq. Staff Attorney 

Gwendolyn Pruitt, Office Manager

Keisha Slaughter, Character and Fitness Investigator


Recent news & announcements


Most recent list of Petitioners to be admitted to the bar in Massachusetts 

2/12/2018 Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners

View the most recent list of persons seeking admission to the bar in Massachusetts.


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