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The BBE welcomes inquiries and petitions for Admission by Motion from attorney spouses of service members in the United States Uniformed Services. The BBE understands the unique circumstances faced by those military spouse attorneys who must move frequently as a result of the needs of the Uniformed Services. Where the needs of the Service result in the necessary relocation of a military spouse attorney to Massachusetts, the BBE is committed to working with the petitioner to accommodate their unique circumstances and to expedite the bar application process to the extent appropriate.
Military spouse attorneys are encouraged to contact Board of Bar Examiners Executive Director Marilyn Wellington, at (617) 482-4466 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information regarding this process.
Graduates of law schools in foreign countries may be permitted petition for admission by motion upon obtaining a prior determination of their education sufficiency from the BBE. It is important to note that the process to determine eligibility to petition for admission will take a minimum of four (4) months from the date on which the documentation is received by the .
Foreign educated attorneys who are currently licensed/eligible to practice law in the foreign jurisdiction will be eligible to apply for admission to the Massachusetts bar upon receiving a determination of educational sufficiency from the BBE as provided for by the BBE Rule VI. Foreign Law School Graduates . In addition to the educational sufficiency requirement, foreign educated attorneys must meet all requirements for admission by motion.
Graduates of foreign law schools seeking an advanced determination of their educational sufficiency to petition for admission by motion to the Massachusetts bar, must submit all documentation required by Rule VI.2 to:
Board of Bar Examiners
24 New Chardon St, First Floor,
Boston, MA 02114
Within four months of receipt of complete documentation, the BBE 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 petition for admission by motion and, if not, what additional steps must be taken in order to obtain a future determination of educational sufficiency. It is strongly recommended that foreign educated attorneys carefully review all of BBE Rule VI to familiarize themselves with the requirements for admission prior to submitting any documentation to the BBE.
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