Massachusetts Bar Exam Information

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Massachusetts Bar Exam Format


The Massachusetts Bar Exam is administered over two days.  Massachusetts administers the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”).

Day 1

The first day has six Multistate Essay Exam (“MEE”) questions within a three-hour session and two Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”) items within another three-hour session. On average, there are 30 minutes to answer each MEE question and 90 minutes to answer each MPT item.

Day 2

The MBE is administered on the second day of the Massachusetts bar exam. The MBE is a multiple-choice test containing 200 questions. The MBE is split into a morning and afternoon session. Each session consists of 100 questions. You have three hours to complete each session.

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Exam Dates

  • February 25-26, 2020
  • July 28-29, 2020
  • February 23-24, 2021
  • July 27-28, 2021

Massachusetts Bar Admissions

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

Massachusetts MPRE Score Requirement

Massachusetts requires bar exam applicants to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE”). You must score 85 or higher on the MPRE in order to pass in Massachusetts.

Scoring/Grading and Results

In order to pass the Massachusetts bar exam, you must score at least 270. This equates to 135, on a 200-point scale. The MBE is weighted 50%, the MEE questions are weighted 30% and the MPT items are weighted 20%. Massachusetts makes bar exam results available approximately Massachusetts makes bar exam results available approximately 8 to 9 weeks after the February exam and 13 to 14 weeks after the July exam.


Under specified circumstances, an attorney can obtain admission to practice law in Massachusetts without having to take the Massachusetts bar exam. The attorney has to fulfill all of the conditions for such admission, which include practicing law for at least five of the past seven years in another United States jurisdiction. An applicant can obtain admission via a transferred UBE score of at least 270 and attained within the prior 36 months.

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Massachusetts Bar Exam Subjects

Massachusetts Essay Subjects

  • Business Associations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Trusts, Wills, and Estates
  • UCC Article 2 – Secured Transactions
  • All MBE Subjects

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts and Sales
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Property
  • Torts
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Massachusetts Bar Exam Statewide Pass Rates

Exam DateFirstRepeatTotal
July 201879%21%69%
February 201853%27%36%
July 201781%31%71%
February 201761%39%48%
July 201680%27%71%
February 201661%43%51%
July 201579%24%72%
February 201567%46%57%
July 201482%24%76%
February 201473%45%61%

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