Foreign attorneys and graduates of foreign law programs who intend to sit for the Massachusetts State Bar Examination may be admitted as Special Students for the fall or spring semester to take courses required pursuant to Rule VI.3.2.i (graduates of law schools in countries with common-law tradition).  

Please submit this application to


Application for Special Student Status is on a rolling basis.

If you earned your law degree in a country with a civil-law tradition, and are interested in obtaining an LLM pursuant to Rule VI.3.2.ii, please see Suffolk Law's Master of Laws program for details on applying to earn an LLM.

For a ruling on the precise requirements necessary for bar examination eligibility in his/her case, every foreign-educated attorney who intends to practice in Massachusetts should apply to:

Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners
Suffolk County Court House
3 Pemberton Square
7th Floor - Room 707
Boston, MA 02108