Massachusetts Bar Exam Information

Massachusetts Bar Exam Information

Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners
Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
24 New Chardon Street, 1st Floor
Boston, MA 02114

(617) 482-4466

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Subjects and Topics Tested

The Massachusetts bar exam may test the following subjects:

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure (Federal)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including U.C.C. Art. 2 – Sales)
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts

MA Essay Subjects

  • Access to Justice
  • Agency
  • Business Organizations
  • Descent & Distribution of Estates
  • Domestic Relations
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Unfair or Deceptive Practices (G.L.c. 93A)
  • Uniform Commercial Code (Articles 1-9)

Application Filing Deadlines and Fees

July 2017 Exam
Filing Deadline: May 12

February 2018 Exam
Filing Deadline: 75 days before exam

Application Fees
Non-attorneys: $815
Attorneys: $815
Repeaters: $815

Laptop Fee: $175

Scoring and Grading

A passing score on the Massachusetts bar exam is 135 on a 200-point scale. The MBE count for 50%, and the Massachusetts Essay questions count for 50%.

Bar Exam Dates

The Massachusetts bar exam is administered twice per year – once in February and once in July.

Upcoming Exams

2017: July 26-27

2018: February 28-March 1

Bar Exam Results

Massachusetts bar exam results are typically released 8 weeks after the February exam and 12 weeks after the July exam.

Bar Exam Format

The Massachusetts bar exam has the multiple choice component (MBE) on Wednesday and the Massachusetts essay questions on Thursday.

100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour morning session, and 100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour afternoon session.

There are 5 Massachusetts essays in the 3 hour morning session and 5 Massachusetts essays in the 3 hour afternoon session.


The Massachusetts Bar allows for admission on motion by a practicing attorney in another jurisdiction. The attorney must meet several conditions, including practicing law for 5 of the last 7 years.

Jurisdiction rules and policies change. Be sure to consult the jurisdiction’s bar admission agency directly for the most current info.



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