Massachusetts Bar Exam

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Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners

Board of Bar Examiners
Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
24 New Chardon Street, First Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Telephone: (617) 482-4466



The Massachusetts Bar Exam is administered on the last Wednesday and Thursday in February and July.

2016 Winter:  February 24 and 25

2016 Summer: July 27 and 28


The Massachusetts Bar Exam is a two day exam.

Day 1: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam.

Day 2: Ten state essay questions.


MBE Subjects: 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Massachusetts Essay Subjects:

  • Agency
  • Commercial Paper
  • Consumer Protection
  • Corporations
  • Domestic Relations
  • Mortgages
  • MA Practice & Procedure
  • Partnerships
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Secured Transactions
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • plus all MBE subjects

MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)

A scaled score of 85 on the MPRE is required for admission and must be achieved prior to the bar application.


Application must be filed with the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County, Clerk Maura S. Doyle’s office, John Adams Courthouse, Suite 1300, Boston, MA 02108-1707, at least 85 days prior to exam.

Application may be obtained at the Court, downloaded off the Internet, or by written request.

Exam fee: $815 (plus a $75 technology fee if filing to use a laptop computer for the essay portion)

Admission on Motion: $1,015


A scaled score of 85 on the MPRE prior to the bar application is required.

MBE and essay scores are combined to determine if a passing score of 270 was achieved. Results are released in early May for the February exam and November for the July exam.


Acceptance of MBE Score
Applicants may transfer actual raw MBE score from another jurisdiction only if from a concurrent exam.

Admission on Motion
In order to be eligible for admission without taking the Massachusetts bar exam, the applicant must have been admitted in another jurisdiction for five of the last seven years and have engaged in the active practice or teaching of law since prior admission. The applicant must also meet education requirements and have achieved a scaled score of 85 on the MPRE.

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