Massachusetts admission laws are stated in Annotated Laws of Massachusetts Part III Title I, and Supreme Judicial Court Rules. Board of Bar Examiners is the admitting body.
Minimum age required for admission is 18 years. Required exams are Multistate Bar Examination, Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination with a scale score of 85, and essay exam. Applicant should have completed law from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Undergraduates should have completed bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree.
Students from foreign law schools are required to take pre-legal education which is equivalent to that provided in law schools approved by the American Bar Association.
Other state attorneys are admitted to practice upon making a petition to the supreme judicial court, and upon showing of satisfactory moral character and legal ability.
Massachusetts does not mandate continuing legal education.
ALM Sup. Jud. Ct. Rule 3:01
“Rule 3:01. Attorneys
Section 1. Filing Requirements for Admission 1.1 Admission by Written Examination. Persons desiring admission to the bar of the Commonwealth by written examination shall apply by filing with the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for the county of Suffolk:
1.1.1 Petition for Admission accompanied by the recommendation of a member of the bar of this Commonwealth or of any state, district or territory of the United States;
1.1.2 Applicant’s Statement;
1.1.3 Authorization Form;
1.1.4 Law School Certificate;
1.1.5 Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination Score Report that sets forth a passing scaled score;
1.1.6 Two (2) Letters of Recommendation for Admission; and
1.1.7 Current Certificate(s) of Admission and Good Standing from the highest judicial court of each state, district, territory or foreign country to which the applicant is admitted, if applicable.
1.2 Admission by Motion. Persons desiring admission to the bar of the Commonwealth by motion, pursuant to Rule 3:01, Section 6.1 or 6.2, shall apply by filing with the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for the county of Suffolk:
1.2.1 Petition for Admission accompanied by the recommendation of a member of the bar of this Commonwealth or of any state, district or territory of the United States;
1.2.2 Applicant’s Statement;
1.2.3 Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination Score Report;”