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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 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 2021 Massachusetts administration of the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)   

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the February 2021 UBE will be administered remotely in Massachusetts.  The February 2021 filing period will open on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, with a filing deadline of Wednesday, December 23, 2020. 

Exam Dates: February 23-24, 2021. 

Filing Deadline: You must file the Petition for Admission by Examination by December 23, 2020.

Important Minimum System Requirements Update: Examinees for the February 2021bar exam should NOT plan to use a new Mac device with a new M1 microchip for the exam. 

Additional updates regarding the February 2021 exam will be posted as they become available.

Electronic Filing:

Information for first-time examinees

Information for repeat examinees

Register with Tyler Technologies to e-file your petition

October 2020 Remote Bar Exam:

Results will be released December 8, 2020.  The  Massachusetts Law Component must be successfully completed to be eligible for admission to the Massachusetts bar.

Please review the FAQs Related to October 2020 Examination for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar for more information and to access the e-file system.

Future Exams

Test Dates

February 2021 February 23-24, 2021
July 2021 July 27-28, 2021

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