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Seeking Admission to the Bar in Massachusetts

To become a licensed attorney in Massachusetts by Examination or by Motion, you must meet the requirements and the qualifications established by the Supreme Judicial Court.

A Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts bar by Examination or by Motion must be filed with the Supreme Judicial Court for The County of Suffolk. Completed Petitions including all filing requirements will be referred to the Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) to determine whether you have the qualifications and acquirements required for admission, and whether you embody "...that degree of honesty, integrity, and discretion that the public and members of the bench and bar have the right to demand of a lawyer.”

A Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts bar by Examination, by Transfer of UBE Score or by Motion must be filed with the Supreme Judicial Court for The County of Suffolk. Completed Petitions including all filing requirements will be referred to the Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) to determine whether you have the qualifications and acquirements required for admission, and whether you embody "...that degree of honesty, integrity, and discretion that the public and members of the bench and bar have the right to demand of a lawyer.”

The February 2023 UBE will be administered in-person in Massachusetts. The February 2023 filing period will open on Monday, November 7, 2022 at 8:30 AM with a deadline of Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 4:30 PM. Please check the filing guides found below for more instructions.

Exam Dates: February 21-22, 2023.

Other updates regarding the February 2023 exam will be posted as they become available.

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