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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.”

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the July 2021 UBE will be administered remotely in Massachusetts. The July 2021 filing period will open on Thursday, April 1, 2021, with a filing deadline of Friday, May 14, 2021.

Exam Dates: July 27-28, 2021.

Updates regarding the July 2021 exam will be posted as they become available.