Massachusetts Bar Exam (UBE) details

A typical Massachusetts Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

Massachusetts Bar Exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners.

Please also reference the NCBE Covid-19 updates page for NCBE updates and individual jurisdiction announcements.

Day 1

  • Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the AM)
  • Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the PM)

Day 2

  • Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM)


  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts


  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnership; Corporations; and Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Plus all MBE subjects


  • “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.


  • A scaled score of 85 on the MPRE is required for admission and must be achieved prior to the bar application.

Click here to learn more about the MPRE.

MBE and essay scores are combined to determine if a passing score of 270 was achieved.

Acceptance of MBE Score

Massachusetts accepts actual raw MBE scores from other jurisdictions, only if from a concurrent exam.

Admission on Motion

In order to be eligible for admission without taking the Massachusetts Bar Exam, the applicant must have been admitted in another jurisdiction for five of the last seven years and have engaged in the active practice or teaching of law since prior admission. The applicant must also meet education requirements and have achieved a scaled score of 85 on the MPRE.

Admission by UBE

Transferred UBE scores will be eligible for admission in Massachusetts if taken within 36 months. An applicant must achieve a score of 270 or higher regardless of UBE jurisdiction in order to qualify for admission, and will be required to prove that they have achieved a qualifying score on the MPRE.

The Massachusetts Law Component is a 50-question multiple-choice exam on key distinctions and essential highlights of Massachusetts law and procedure covering the areas of law listed below. The exam questions are based on substantive outlines on each topic area provided to petitioners for bar admission upon registration for the MLC.

Topic areas tested:

  • Access to Justice
  • Anti-Discrimination Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Civil Procedure
  • Consumer Protection
  • G.L. c. 93A
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Domestic Relations
  • Estates and Wills
  • Evidence

Please check the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners website for additional information pertaining to the Massachusetts Law Component requirement.

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