The Massachusetts Bar Exam is a two-day exam -- Wednesday and Thursday -- with the multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam on Wednesday and the Massachusetts local essays on Thursday.

First Day (Wednesday) morning session:
* Three hours
* Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
* 100 multiple-choice questions

First Day (Wednesday) afternoon session:
* Three hours
* Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
* 100 multiple-choice questions

Second Day (Thursday) morning session:
* Three hours
* 5 MA Essays

Second Day (Thursday) afternoon session:
* Three hours
* 5 MA Essays

If you take two bar exams at the same time (local in another state, such as Pennsylvania or New York, on Tuesday, the MBE in either state on Wednesday, the essay day in Massachusetts on Thursday), Massachusetts will accept the score of the MBE taken in either state.

Check to see if your other state has the same policy on accepting the MBE. If not, be certain to take the MBE in the other state, so that it will apply to both jurisdictions.

SCORE INFORMATION:

The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners has adopted the following scoring method for the bar examination. The MBE part contains two-hundred (200) multiple choice questions. Scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Examinees are therefore advised to answer every question. The total number of correct answers, adjusted statistically to provide the variations in question difficulties in relation to previous MBE examinations, is an examinee’s MBE Scaled Score.

The Essay Examination part contains ten (10) questions, each question graded on the basis of zero to seven (0-7) points. The sum of the points obtained on the ten (10) questions is the examinee’s Raw Essay Score.

In order to combine a Raw Essay Score with an MBE Scaled Score, it is necessary to change (or convert) a Raw Essay Score to a score on the same distribution of scores as the MBE
Scaled Score. The Essay Scaled Score and the MBE Scaled Score will be added together for the Total Scaled Score.

A Total Scaled Score of 270 or greater is the passing score on the Massachusetts bar examination.

Massachusetts generally releases the results of the Summer exam in November and the results of the Winter exam in May.

*MPRE -- A scaled MPRE score of at least 85 will be required before you can sit for the Massachusetts Bar Exam.

Admission on Motion:
1. You must have been admitted to the bar of another jurisdiction at least five years prior to your Massachusetts application.
2 You must have practiced law or taught law since your admission.
3. You must meet certain other education and technical requirements