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.

To file a Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts bar by Examination or Motion, you must meet the requirements and qualifications established by the Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:O1, in tandem with the Rules of the Board of Bar Examiners.

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.”

MESSAGE FROM CLERK MAURA S. DOYLE
*3/20/20 Attention: - Please be advised that, due to the ongoing public health emergency in Massachusetts, changes are being put in place for all petitions for admission to the Massachusetts Bar. Due to current court access restrictions, please use the links below to stay current on any changes pertinent to your petition type. Please direct all other questions to the Attorney Services Department at (617) 557-1050 or via email at sjccountyclerk@sjc.state.ma.us. For updates regarding the schedule of the exam, monitor the Board of Bar Examiners website (www.mass.gov/bbe) and Facebook page for updated information.
MSD

Feedback