The Massachusetts Bar Exam assesses whether or not a candidate is competent to practice law in Massachusetts. The exam is comprised of two parts - the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) and a state-specific essay portion. A minimum scaled score of 270 out of 400 possible points is required to pass.
The first portion of the Massachusetts Bar Exam is the Multistate Bar Examination, or the MBE. The MBE is administered twice annually; once on the last Wednesday in February and again on the last Wednesday in July.
The second portion of the Massachusetts Bar Exam, the essay portion, tests fundamental aspects of Massachusetts law. Students must provide clear, well-organized compositions that demonstrate the ability to understand universal law concepts and communicate ideas effectively.
AdaptiBar prepares students for the MBE portion of the Massachusetts Bar Examination. The MBE occurs on one day, which is divided into two, three-hour parts, each consisting of 100 questions. When answering MBE questions, students apply fundamental legal principles instead of local case or statutory law. During the MBE, students analyze fact situations and apply black letter law. Students choose only one correct answer - the best answer - from the four available choices.
The Massachusetts Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.
For more information on the Massachusetts Bar Exam, visit the official Massachusetts Bar Examination site.
Interested in Massachusetts Bar Exam pass rates? We've collected the Massachusetts Bar Exam statistics dating back to 2002: Massachusetts Bar Exam Results