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Preparing for the Bar Exam: MA

Massachusetts Bar Resources

Regent Law Faculty are absolutely committed to preparing students for their state's bar exam.

This guide is designed to complement, and should not be used to replace a formal bar exam preparatory course or information posted for current students by the Office of Career & Alumni Services.

Massachusetts has adopted the UBE.  The UBE Minimum Passing Score for this State is 270.
 
Elective Courses that Support MA Essay Subjects
Family Law
Negotiable Instruments (UCC3)
Sales (UCC1)
Secured Transactions (UCC2)
Wills, Trusts & Estates

Military and Military Spouses

Because states recognize that service members and their families are required to move often and that this can be a hindrance to the practice of law by military spouses, many states admit spouses of active duty service members to the bar without additional examination even though they may not otherwise qualify for admission or reciprocity. Click below to read the pertinent rule for this state: 

Military Spouses Seeking Admission by Motion

Massachusetts - Uniform Bar Exam

Components of the Uniform Bar Exam

Official Information Subjects Questions
♦ Civil Procedure
♦ Constitutional Law
♦ 
Contracts 
– Includes UCC Art. 2
♦ Criminal Law & Procedure
♦ Evidence
♦ Real Property
♦ Torts
• 200 multiple choice
• Questions evenly distributed among the six subjects
• Two 3-hour sessions

All of the subjects above, plus:

♦ Business Associations
♦ Conflict of Laws
♦ Family Law
♦ Trusts and Estates
♦ UCC 2 (Secured Transactions)

• Six 30-minute essays
• Any combination of possible subjects
 
♦ Problem solving
♦ Legal Analysis and Reasoning
♦ Factual Analysis
♦ Communication
♦ Organization and Management of a legal task
♦ Recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas
• Two 90-minute exercises
• Tests "fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation."
♦ Model Rules of Professional Conduct
♦ Model Code of Judicial Conduct
• 60 multiple choice
• 2 hours

Massachusetts - Jurisdiction Specific Component

All applicants must complete the Massachusetts Law Component, a 50-question multiple-choice test administered online. This test need not be taken at a specific time. but is a prerequisite to admission.