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Lawyers trained outside the United States can earn the education credits they need to sit for the Massachusetts bar exam at New England Law | Boston.

Passing the US bar exam is an impressive credential that offers immediate career advantages. Eligible foreign-educated lawyers can meet the requirements to sit for the Massachusetts bar by completing coursework at New England Law | Boston.

The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners permits lawyers from other countries with a common law tradition—such as the United Kingdom, India, and Hong Kong—to take the Massachusetts bar by meeting standards that include completing 15 credits at an ABA-accredited law school (courses must be completed in person; online and distance-learning programs are not eligible). These courses include topics such as constitutional law, criminal law, and commercial law.

You can take the courses you need to meet this unique requirement through New England Law’s Foreign Lawyer Bar Program. 

How to Apply

Eligible foreign-educated lawyers can apply to the New England Law Foreign Lawyer Bar Program by submitting the following materials to admit@nesl.edu.

  • Foreign Lawyer Bar Program Application
  • An official transcript from your law school verifying receipt of degree
  • Letter from the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners stating the classes required*

Applications are considered on a rolling basis; you should receive a decision within four weeks of submitting your completed application.

* Eligible foreign-educated attorneys must provide a letter from the Board of Bar Examiners stating the classes required to sit for the bar exam. Each candidate is reviewed on an individual basis and prescribed unique requirements. Please visit the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners website for more information.

Contact Us

New England Law Admissions staff is available to help you through the application process.

If you have any questions about the Foreign Lawyer Bar Program or your eligibility as a foreign-educated lawyer, please email the Office of Admissions at admit@nesl.edu or call +1-617-422-7210.