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.

Bar Exam Dates

July 2020 Bar Exam:

Exam Dates:

Due to the ongoing public health emergency arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts bar examination will not be administered on July 28 and July 29, 2020 as previously scheduled.  The bar exam will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, September 30-October 1, 2020. 

1.            The filing of Petitions for Admission by July 2020 Examination and/or Re-examination is temporarily closed.  Please note that any of these Petitions that have already been received by the Clerk's office will be held and docketed in connection with the new fall examination date; and 
2.            Once details regarding the new bar examination dates become available, updated filing instructions for Petitions for Admission by Examination and/or Re-examination will be posted on this website.  Please continue to monitor this site for the most up-to-date filing information.

Filing Period: June 1, 2020- July 17, 2020

  Exam Locations: Tentative

 Springfield seating requests are not being accepted at this time.

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


February 2020 Bar Exam: 

Results: Bar exam results will be released on April 24, 2020.


Future Exams

Test Dates

July 2020 September 30-October 1, 2020
February 2021 February 23-24, 2021
July 2021 July 27-28, 2021

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