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About the bar exam in Massachusetts

Things to know about sitting for the bar exam in Massachusetts

Massachusetts administers the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).  The UBE is a two-day exam consisting of Written portions - the Multi-state Performance Test (MPT) and the Multi-state Essay Exam (MEE) on Tuesday, day 1, and the Multi-State Bar Examination (MBE) on Wednesday, day 2. For more information on the UBE, please see the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).

The bar exam is currently held in Boston and Springfield, MA.  Exact locations and times are subject to change so it is important for petitioners to be aware of the information pertinent to the current exam. Details will be available prior to the Petition for Admission by Examination filing period.  The Petition must be filed at least 75 days prior to the exam you wish to take.

Bar Exam Dates

February 2022 Massachusetts administration of the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)   

The February 2022 UBE will be administered in person in Massachusetts.  The February 2022 filing period will begin on November 8, 2021.

Exam Dates: February 22-23, 2022. 

Locations: John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, in Boston, MA, and limited seating at Western New England University, in Springfield, MA.  The Springfield request for seating will be accepted only while the filing period is open, and must be submitted directly to the Board of Bar Examiners via email:  The Springfield Seating form can be found in the Preparing the Petition for Admission

Filing Deadline: You must file the Petition for Admission by Examination beginning November 8, 2021, and submitted no later than December 17, 2021, to be eligible to sit for the UBE in Massachusetts.

Electronic Filing:

Information for first-time examinees

Information for repeat examinees

Register with Tyler Technologies to e-file your petition

July 2021 Uniform Bar Exam in Massachusetts:

Results will be released on November 9, 2021.  The  Massachusetts Law Component must be successfully completed to be eligible for admission to the Massachusetts bar.

Please review the Post Examination section for more information.

Future Exams

Test Dates

February 2022 February 22-23, 2022
July 2022 July 26-27, 2022

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