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Massachusetts Law Component (MLC)

Key distinctions in Massachusetts law and procedure

Every person filing a Petition for Admission to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on or after March 1, 2018 is required to pass the MLC test as a condition of bar admission.

What is the MLC?

The MLC is a 50 question multiple choice exam on key distinctions and essential highlights of Massachusetts law and procedure covering the areas of law listed below.  The exam questions are based on substantive outlines on each topic area provided to petitioners for bar admission upon registration for the MLC.  

  1. Access to Justice
  2. Anti-Discrimination Law
  3. Business Organizations
  4. Civil Procedure
  5. Consumer Protection, G.L. c. 93A
  6. Criminal Law and Procedure
  7. Domestic Relations
  8. Estates and Wills
  9. Evidence
  10. Legal Ethics

     See: SJC Rule 3:01, §§3.3, 6.1.6, 6.3

    What is the fee for the MLC?

    There is no fee for the MLC outlines or exam.

    How do I complete the MLC?

    Once a Petition for Admission to the Massachusetts Bar is filed with the Office of the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for the County of Suffolk and thereafter referred for evaluation to the Board of Bar Examiners, the petitioner will receive an email from the Board of Bar Examiners.  The email will provide instructions for completing the MLC exam, with a link to download the outlines.  Once the petitioner has completed the download of the outlines, he or she will automatically receive a link to access the exam.

    The successful completion of the MLC is a requirement of bar admission.  Petitioners must successfully complete the MLC in order to be determined qualified for admission to the bar.  For those petitioners that are sitting for the bar exam, it is recommended to take the MLC after the bar exam.

    How do I access the MLC?

    After filing a Petition for Admission the petitioner will receive an email notice, at the email address included in the Petition for Admission, from the Board of Bar Examiners via townforms.com providing instructions for accessing the MLC.  Please note that evaluation of qualifications and character & fitness background investigations of each petitioner are conducted by the Board of Bar Examiners over a period of four to six months.  The MLC must be completed as part of the admission process.