The process to determine eligibility to petition for admission will take a minimum of four (4) months from the date on which the compete documentation is received by the BBE. All submitted packages must be complete prior to review.
Only those foreign-educated attorneys who have previously obtained a determination of educational sufficiency, as required by Board of Bar Examiners Rule VI, are eligible to sit for the February 2021 Massachusetts bar exam. The February 2021 exam deadline has passed for new requests.
Foreign-educated attorneys seeking to apply to sit for the July 2021 Massachusetts bar exam must submit all documentation required by Board of Bar Examiners Rule VI.2 before January 20, 2021. Foreign-educated attorneys submitting materials after January 30, 2021 will not be eligible to sit for the July 2021 Massachusetts bar exam. No exceptions.
Process for determining educational sufficiency for graduates of foreign law schools
Graduates of foreign law schools must seek an advanced determination of their educational sufficiency from the Board of Bar Examiners prior to filing a Petition for Admission. This is required to apply for admission to the bar in Massachusetts by:
- bar examination;
- petition for admission by motion; or
- petition for admission by transfer of a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) score
Applicants must submit all documentation required by Rule VI.2 to:
Board of Bar Examiners
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square, Suite 5-140
Boston, MA 02108
Once all documentation required by Rule VI.2 has been submitted, the BBE will investigate and evaluate the educational background of the foreign educated attorney and will inform the attorney of what, if any, additional requirements must be met for that attorney to receive a determination of educational sufficiency. Documentation submitted for review will not be returned.
Within four months of receipt of complete documentation, the Board of Bar Examiners will notify the foreign law school graduate, in writing, of whether he or she has been determined to have met the educational sufficiency requirements to sit for the bar examination or petition for admission by motion or petition for admission by transfer of UBE score and, if not, what additional steps must be taken in order to obtain a future determination of educational sufficiency.