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Foreign Educated Attorneys

Graduates of law schools in foreign countries may be permitted to sit for the general bar examination or petition for admission by motion upon obtaining a prior determination of their education sufficiency from the Board of Bar Examiners

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.  

Process for determining educational sufficiency for graduates of foreign law schools

Graduates of foreign law schools seeking an advanced determination of their educational sufficiency to sit for the bar examination or petition for admission by motion to the Massachusetts bar, must submit all documentation required by Rule VI.2 to:

Executive Director
Board of Bar Examiners
Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
24 New Chardon Street, First Floor
Boston, MA 02114

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 and, if not, what additional steps must be taken in order to obtain a future determination of educational sufficiency.

 

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