Admission by Motion
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Board of Bar Examiners
for Completing Application for Admission Pursuant to
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:01, section 6 Admission
entire application consists of four parts:
Petition for Admission to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
completed and Signed by you and an attorney of any state, district
or territory of the United States.
Applicant's Statement to the Board of Bar Examiners: completed and
signed by you, including any necessary attachments, ridge pages,
A copy (official or unofficial) of your Multistate Professional
Responsibility Examination (MPRE) Score Report showing a scaled
score of 85 or greater. (Please note that the MPRE must be taken
and passed before filing the application.)
The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) Request for Preparation
of a Character Report (Standard-07 Version): completed and signed
by you, including any necessary attachments, rider pages, etc.
A and B
addition to completing Forms A and B, you must include the
following with those forms:
The application fee of $1, 015.00, made payable to the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts in the form of a certified bank check or money
order. PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. THIS FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE.
Current (within 90 days) certificate(s) from the proper court
officer(s), under SEAL OF COURT, from all states to which
you are admitted, showing the date of your admission to the bar
and that you are in current good standing.
You shall submit letters of recommendation for admission, addressed
to the Board of Bar Examiners, from three members of the bar of
the Commonwealth, or of the state, district or territory of prior
admission, or of the bar of the state, district or territory in
which you have last resided. The letters should state the nature
and extent of the author's acquaintance with you and their personal
knowledge as to the length and continuity of your practice of law
and as to your outside work, if any, and the author's belief as
to your moral character and fitness to be admitted to the Bar of
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Include at least three (3) letter.
If possible, include one or more letters from members of the Bar
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, covering the points above-mentioned.
If possible, a letter from a judge of one of the courts in the state
or jurisdiction where your are admitted (optional).
Questions regarding Forms A and B may be directed to the
Board of Bar Examiners at 617-482-4466.
Instructions for Completing Application Pursuant to SJC Rule
3:01, Sectioned 6
PROFESSION RESPONSIBILTY EXAMINATION
(MPRE) SCORE REPORT FORM
You must take and pass, with a scaled score of 85 or greater, the
MPRE prior to filing an application.
A copy of your MPRE score report is required. You must attach this
score report to your application.
2. The MPRE is a separate examination administered by the National
Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) three times a year: March, August
3. If you have already taken and passed the MPRE (85 scaled
score or greater) and wish to obtain a copy of your score report,
you may contact the NCBE at 319-337-1304.
4. If you have not taken the MPRE and need to make arrangements
to do so, you may contact the NCBE at 319-341-2500.
5. Should you wish to contact the MPRE Department, the address
and web site is as follows:
Conference of Bar Examiners
MPRE Applications Department
P.O. Box 4001
Iowa City, Iowa 52243
CONFERENCE OF BAR EXAMINERS REQUEST FOR PRPARATION OF A CHARACTER
REPORT (NCBE FORM).
Complete the Request for Preparation of a Character Report (Standard-07
Version) in accordance with the Board of Bar Examiners' Rule IV.
The fee of $250.00 made payable to the National Conference of Bar
Examiners. NCBE permits payment of this fee by credit card (see
NCBE Form). Otherwise, payment must be made by certified bank check
or money order. PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
The NCBE Form and fee must be returned, together with Forms A, B
and your MPRE Form to the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk's Office
for Suffolk County. DO NOT SEND THE NCBE FORM DIRECTLY TO NCBE,
AS IT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Questions regarding the NCBE Form are properly directed to NCBE
at (608) 280-8550.
INSTRUCTION FOR FILING APPLICATION:
ENTIRETY OF THE AFOREMENTIONED DOCUMENTS, FORMS A and B, the MPRE
FORM, NCBE FORM, AND ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS, MUST BE FILED WITH
CLERK'S OFFICE FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY
John Adams Court House, 1st Floor
One Pemberton Square, Suite 1300
Boston, MA 02108-1707
in any way, to fully complete this application or attach supporting
documents will result in your application being returned to you.
FOR APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION ON MOTION
filing, please ensure that all places requiring a signature have
been signed, and that you have fully answered each question.
application materials must include the following:
A: Petition for Admission to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
B: Applicant's Statement to the Board of Bar Examiners
copy (official or unofficial) of your MPRE score report (MPRE
Form) showing a scaled score of 85 or greater. Merely requesting
that the testing company forward your score to Massachusetts is
not sufficient; you must attach a copy of your score report.
National Conference of Bar Examiners Request for Preparation of
a Character Report (NCBE Form)
· $1, 015.00 fee made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
in the form of a bank check or money order ONLY.
· $250.00 fee made payable to the National Conference of
Bar Examiners in the form of a bank check or money order. NCBE
also permits payment by credit card.
(within 90 days) certificate evidencing your admission and good
standing (under seal of court) from each state to which you are
admitted to practice law.
letters of recommendation: These letters are a separate requirement
from the Petition for Admission (Form A), which calls for the
signature of a recommending attorney.
You must file your application at the following:
Clerk's Office for Suffolk County
John Adams Courthouse, 1st Floor
One Pemberton Square, Suite 1300
Boston, MA 02108-1707
Important Information for Applicants Applying for Admission Pursuant
to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:01, Section 6 (Admission
of Admission on Motion:
on motion takes approximately four to six (4-6) months. NCBE performs
a thorough background investigation, which takes time. To expedite
your application, any references provided by you on the NCBE Form
should be advised that the sooner they respond, the sooner your
investigation will be completed.
the NCBE report is received, the Board of Bar Examiners will review
your application for admission on motion and said report. If the
Board finds your moral character, acquirements and qualifications
to be sufficient, your name will be sent to the Clerk of the Supreme
Judicial for Suffolk County, as well as each county clerk throughout
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be posted for a period of not
less than 10 days. You will receive written notification that your
name has been posted, and, if no objection is made, at the closing
of the ten days, you will be found qualified for admission by the
Board of Bar Examiners. You should expect admission materials within
two weeks after the posting from the Supreme Judicial Court Clerk's
Office for Suffolk County (617) 557-1175.
you have been found qualified for admission by the Board of Bar
Examiners, any questions regarding your admission are properly directed
to the Clerk's Office.