Sitting for the bar exam in Massachusetts

The Board of Bar Examiners administers the bar examination twice each year in February and July and on two (2) consecutive days.

Due to the ongoing public health emergency arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts bar examination will not be administered on July 28 and July 29, 2020 as previously scheduled. The bar exam will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, September 30-October 1, 2020.

1. The filing of Petitions for Admission by July 2020 Examination and/or Re-examination is temporarily closed. Please note that any of these Petitions that have already been received by the Clerk's office will be held and docketed in connection with the new fall examination date; and
2. Once details regarding the new bar examination dates become available, updated filing instructions for Petitions for Admission by Examination and/or Re-examination will be posted on this website. Please continue to monitor this site for the most up-to-date filing information.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.


Marilyn J. Wellington, Executive Director
Robert L. Harris, Chair
Marie Buckley, Bar Examiner
Barbara Healy Smith, Bar Examiner
Carol A. Kelly, Bar Examiner
Francis J. O'Connor, Bar Examiner

The exam is currently held in two locations - 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 each exam. Details will be available with the Petition for Admission. Massachusetts began administering the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) in July 2018. For more information on the UBE, visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners.