The Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) is a voluntary, non-profit bar association in Massachusetts located at Boston's Downtown Crossing. The MBA has also an office in Western Massachusetts The MBA represents varied group of attorneys, judges and legal professionals. It serves the legal profession and the public by promoting the administration of justice, legal education and professional excellence
In the United States, permission for admission to the bar is granted by a particular court in the area, to a lawyer to practice law in that region. Specific rules for admission to the bar are framed by the each state, as a result of the sovereignty of the states and their respective court systems. In view of this, the standards for admission to the bar are vastly different among states. A person who is admitted to the bar becomes a member of that particular bar. A prospective lawyer will be required to pas a state-administered bar examination after obtaining a law degree from a law school approved by the state in which the candidate wishes to practice. The bar exam, in general, besides written tests, consists of a character and fitness assessment, which includes a background check.
The Massachusetts Bar Exam comprises two parts, MBE and state essays and is conducted over two days. On the first day, Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) is conducted in two sessions. In the morning, 100 MBE questions are set in the exam that lasts over 3 hours. After lunch break, the second set of 100 MBE questions is administered over 3 hours. On the second day, in the morning session, 5 Massachusetts state essay questions are set, which lasts 3 hours. After lunch break, candidates are required to take another 5 Massachusetts state essay questions, this also 3 hours. The candidates must first pass the MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam) before sitting for the Massachusetts Bar Exam. The Massachusetts application process for sitting for the Bar exam is comparatively simple and straightforward as compared to the bar applications in several other states. The topics covered in the MBE exam, include Constitutional Law, Torts, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property and Evidence. In order to pass the Massachusetts Bar Exam, one should get about 60% on the whole.
The Massachusetts state Board oo Law Examiners provides a lot of information on the bar exam. The Board gives an outline of each subject tested on the Massachusetts essays. Helpful tips on the written tests and previous essay questions and suggested answers are also made available by the Board.
Massachusetts Law Exam Outlines are provided by several law institutes. These outlines are in the nature of study packages. The Massachusetts Bar Exam Study Guides include, Massachusetts Essay Subject Outlines, Multistate Performance Test Outlines and MBE Subjects Outlines. In addition, many institutes conduct coaching classes mainly on MBE subjects and essays. Many books and study guides are also available in the market to aid candidates preparing for the Massachusetts Bar Exam.
The following subjects may be selected and also tested on the Massachusetts bar exam: agency (business associations) business organizations, civil procedure (Massachusetts and federal), constitutional law, contracts, including UCC Article 2 sales, criminal law and procedure, descent and distribution of estates (trusts, wills, and estates), domestic relations (family law), evidence (Massachusetts and federal), federal jurisdiction, professional responsibility, real property, including mortgages, trusts, torts, (wills, trusts, and estates), Unfair or Deceptive Practices (G.L.c.93A) (consumer protection), Uniform Commercial Code Articles 1 to 9 (including negotiable instruments, sales, and secured transactions), wills. By checking all the items and making necessary choices will make a student achieved his or her goal. Focusing on learning and properly selecting the topics to be review and taken up is the key to success.