Bar Exam Preparation

No one wants to sit for the Bar more than once. It's expensive. It's stressful. It's not fun.

Massachusetts Adopts the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE)

Effective March 1, 2018, Massachusetts will be a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction and will administer the Massachusetts Law Component. The Massachusetts UBE passing score is 270. The exam is comprised of the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE).

UBE scores earned in another UBE jurisdiction may be transferred for admission in Massachusetts within 36 months of sitting for the exam.

The Massachusetts Law Component (MLC)

The MLC is a multiple-choice test based on substantial outlines provided covering essential highlights and key distinctions of Massachusetts law and procedure. The outlines will include summaries on 9 areas of law: Access to Justice; Anti-Discrimination Law; Business Organizations; Civil Procedure; Consumer Protection, G.L. c. 93A; Criminal Law and Procedure; Domestic Relations; Estates and Wills; and Evidence.

Applicants who file a petition for admission to Massachusetts after March 1, 2018 will be required to complete the MLC prior to becoming admitted to the bar in Massachusetts.

Applicants will be sent an email with the link and instructions to download and review the MLC outlines. Once the outlines have been downloaded, Applicants will receive a link for directions to access and complete the exam. The MLC is an online, pass or fail exam. The MLC is untimed and open-book. There is no fee to take the MLC. Applicants may take the exam several times, but must pass to complete the requirement prior to admission.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)

    • Thursday, 3/12/20 or Friday, 3/13/20 - Register by 2/12/20
    • Tuesday, 8/11/20 or Wednesday, 8/12/20 - Register by 6/25/20
    • Friday, 10/23/20 or Wednesday, 10/28/20 - Register by 9/14/20

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    Bar Exam Dates

    Massachusetts Bar

    • February 25-26, 2020
    • July 28-29, 2020
    • February 23-4, 2021

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    Note: Prior to filing an application to sit for the Massachusetts Bar Exam each applicant shall have passed the MPRE with a scaled score of 85 or higher.

    Course Required of New Attorneys

    All attorneys newly admitted to practice in Massachusetts are required to completed a one-day, in-person course on professionalism for new lawyers (SJC R. 3:16, effective Sept. 1, 2013). Attorneys must complete the course within 18 months of their date of admission to the bar.
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    Five-Point Plan to Passing the Bar

    Suffolk’s five-point plan gives students a good chance to succeed the first time.

    1. Take the right courses during law school

    2. Find out what you don't know by taking the diagnostic mini-bar exam

    3. Take a Suffolk Law bar prep course or workshop before or after graduation (free)

    4. Take a commercial bar review course (not free, but strongly recommended). Use SeRiouS to help memorize black letter law (free for Suffolk Law. Sign-up under "subscribed schools" using your email).

    5. Devote 6-8 weeks to full-time bar study prep

    For more information about Suffolk's Bar resources and programs, please contact:

    Professor Sabrina DeFabritiis
    Director of Bar Programs and Initiatives
    Phone: 617-573-8108