Formal Admission Ceremony
For those applicants reported qualified for admission by the Board of Bar Examiners to the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), Maura S. Doyle, Clerk of the SJC for Suffolk County, conducts the official admission ceremonies at historic Faneuil Hall. The ceremonies are held twice annually in November and June. For upcoming admission ceremonies, see announcements.
Upon receipt of the passing results from the examination, the applicants will receive their admission ceremony appearance date and time or they may choose the alternate admission procedure. The Court schedules the appearance at the formal admission ceremony by the applicant's last name.
The applicants are only allowed to invite a limited number of guests to the ceremony. The number of guests permitted will be included with the formal admission ceremony appearance notice. The Court does not issue invitations, tickets or assigned seating for the guests .
At Faneuil Hall, the applicants are given an assigned seat. It is general admission for the guests.
The ceremony is an actual session of the Court presided over by a Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and conducted by Clerk Doyle. The ceremony is comprised of greetings from bar association officers, the administration of Oaths, remarks by the Justice, signing of the Roll of Attorneys and the presentation of the licenses.
The entire ceremony is approximately two to three hours. Photos and videos are allowed during the ceremony.
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