***Massachusetts will being testing the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”) with the July, 2018 bar exam.
Massachusetts is one of the few jurisdictions that tests on a Wednesday/Thursday schedule. Applicants wishing to obtain a UBE score must sit for the MBE portion of the exam in the UBE jurisdiction.
Massachusetts Essay Exam
Massachusetts tests 10 essays. Subjects may include:
MBE (Multiple Choice)
Massachusetts uses the standard MBE. Subjects include:
MBE Score Transfer
Massachusetts accepts MBE scores from other jurisdictions for concurrent exams only.
Day 1 (Wednesday)
Morning – MBE Part I (100 questions; 3 hours)
Afternoon – MBE Part II (100 questions; 3 hours)
Day 2 (Thursday)
Morning – 5 Mass. Essays (3 hours)
Afternoon – 5 Mass. Essays (3 hours)
The Massachusetts bar exam is held on the last Wednesday and Thursday of February and July. Applications can be found on the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners’ Website.
|Exam Date||Application Deadline|
|Feb. 22-23, 2017||Not Available|
|July 26-27, 2017||Not Available|
Massachusetts Bar Exam Weight
Each essay question is graded on a scale of 0-7. The raw essay score is converted to the same scale as the MBE score. The essay scaled score and the MBE scaled score are combined to generate the total bar exam scaled score.
The minimum passing score is a combined scaled score of 270. There is no minimum passing score on either the essay exam or the MBE. A higher score on one portion of the exam may compensate for a poor performance on the corresponding portion of the exam. Bar exam results are mailed around May 15 for the February exam and November 15 for the July exam.
Pass rates can be found here.
Review and Appeal for Applicants Failing the Massachusetts Bar Exam
Before the bar exam results become final, the Board will re-read the essay exams of those applicants whose total combined score is between 265 and 270. The re-graded scores and the original score are averaged and could be higher or lower than the original score. There is no further re-grading or appeal.
Applicants may reapply to take the Massachusetts bar exam.