About the bar exam in Massachusetts

Things to know about sitting for the bar exam in Massachusetts

The bar exam is a two day exam consisting of Written portions - the Multi-state Performance Test and the Multi-state Essay Exam on Tuesday - day 1 and the Multi-State Bar Examination (MBE) on Wednesday- day 2. 

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 July 2018 bar exam in Massachusetts are:


Springfield - Western New England University - School of Law (WNEU), 1215 Wilbraham Ave., 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 available hotel room blocks for the July 2018 are available and can be found below.

Massachusetts has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

Effective March 1, 2018, Massachusetts will be a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction.  The Massachusetts UBE passing score is 270. UBE scores earned in another UBE jurisdiction may be transferred for admission in Massachusetts with 36 months of sitting for the exam.

In order to obtain a portable UBE score, examinees must sit for all components of the UBE in one jurisdiction.  Massachusetts will accept concurrent petitions from examinees sitting for the UBE in another jurisdiction.  Please see Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:01 and the Rules of the Bar Examiners.

For more information on the UBE, please see National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).

Additional Resources for Massachusetts has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

Bar Exam Dates

July 2018 Bar Exam:

  Exam Dates: Tuesday, July 24th and Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

  Filing Deadline: The Petition for Admission by Examination for the July 2018 bar exam in Massachusetts filing deadline was May 11, 2018.

  Exam Locations:

Please note, Springfield seating requests will be accepted during the filing period.  Requests submitted prior to the availability of the Petition for Admission by Examination will be returned.

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

Future Exams

Test Dates

July 2018- Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) First Administration in MA July 24-25, 2018 (Tuesday and Wednesday)
February 2019 February 26-27, 2019
July 2019 July 30-31, 2019

Additional Resources for Bar Exam Dates


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