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 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.

The locations for the February 2020 bar exam in Massachusetts are:

Boston - Hynes Convention Center,  Boston, MA

Springfield - Western New England University - School of Law (WNEU), Springfield, MA

Examinees will receive 2 emails approximately 1 month prior to the exam with details on exam day information and requirements, the security policy and seating assignment.  You will not receive an admission ticket.

The Board of Bar Examiners will alert examinees of hotel room block links, if available, prior to the exam.  Links to hotel room blocks for the February 2020 will be found below in the additional resources when available..

Bar Exam Dates

February 2020 Bar Exam:

Exam Dates: Tuesday, February 25th and Wednesday, February  26th, 2020

Filing Deadline: The Petition for Admission by Examination for the February 2020 bar exam in Massachusetts filing deadline has passed.

  Exam Locations:

Please note, Springfield seating requests are only accepted during the filing period.  

Lodging information for both locations is available in the additional resources section.


July 2019 Bar Exam: 

Results: July 2019 bar exam results were released  on October 24,  2019.


Future Exams

Test Dates

February 2020 February 25-26, 2020
July 2020 July 28-29, 2020
February 2021 February 23-24, 2021

Additional Resources for