The Smart Guide to the Massachusetts Bar Exam

A Guide to Mastering the Massachusetts Bar Exam

Massachusetts Bar Exam Format

Massachusetts Bar Exam Sections - MBE 200 Multiple Choice, MPT 2 Writing Assignments, MEE 6 Essays

Massachusetts is a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction. All UBE jurisdictions use the same 3 sections:


Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

200 multiple choice

Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)

6 essays

Multistate Performance Test (MPT)

2 writing assignments

Massachusetts Bar Exam Dates

July 2024 exam: July 30-31, 2024
Feb. 2025 exam: Feb. 25-26, 2025

*The Massachusetts Bar Exam takes place on the last Tuesday & Wednesday of February and July.

How to Prepare for
the Massachusetts Bar Exam

(FREE Study Guides)

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Contact Info

Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square, Suite 5-140
Boston, MA 02108

Website:     Click here
Phone:        (617) 482-4466
Fax:             (617) 542-5943

Frequency Charts

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Subjects Tested on Massachusetts Bar Exam

MEE Essay Subjects

  1. Business Associations (Agency, Partnerships, Corporations, LLC’s)
  2. Civil Procedure
  3. Conflict of Laws
  4. Constitutional Law
  5. Contracts
  6. Criminal Law & Procedure
  7. Evidence
  8. Family Law
  9. Real Property
  10. Secured Transactions
  11. Torts
  12. Trusts & Future Interests
  13. Wills & Estates

MBE Subjects

  1. Civil Procedure
  2. Constitutional Law
  3. Contracts
  4. Criminal Law & Procedure
  5. Evidence
  6. Real property
  7. Torts

Minimum Passing Score

For Massachusetts, the UBE minimum passing score is 270.

Jurisdiction-Specific Component


All petitioners for admission must successfully complete an online multiple-choice test, based on substantive materials provided online, on key distinctions and essential highlights of Massachusetts law and procedure.

This jurisdiction-specific component is given separately from the bar exam.