The Massachusetts Bar Exam

July 2013 pass rate in MA is 88%. The Themis pass rate? 98%.
Our comprehensive MA bar review course offers everything you need to succeed on your bar exam.

MA Bar Exam Pass Rates

Themis Pass Rate


Massachusetts Pass Rate

Pass rates are based on the most recent published information available: summer of 2013.
The Massachusetts pass rate is based on Themis first-time takers who completed 75% or more of their course assignments
and on state bar exam first-time takers.

Subjects Tested

The Massachusetts Bar Examination consists of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) and ten essay questions.

Massachusetts Subjects
  • Agency
  • Business Organizations
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Descent & Distribution of Estates
  • Trusts
  • Domestic Relations
  • Evidence (including Federal Rules)
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Real Property (including Mortgages)
  • Torts
  • Unfair or Deceptive Practices (G.L.c. 93A)
  • Uniform Commercial Code (articles 1-9)
  • Wills
MBE Subjects
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts and Sales
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Bar Exam Format

Multistate Essay Exam (MEE)

The first morning of the Massachusetts bar exam begins with 5 Massachusetts state essays, which lasts 3 hours. After a lunch break, applicants return to take the 5 more Massachusetts state essay questions over 3 more hours. The Massachusetts Essay Exam consists of 10 essays testing the following subjects: Agency, Business Organizations, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Descent & Distribution of Estates, Trusts, Domestic Relations, Evidence (including Federal Rules), Federal Jurisdiction, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Real Property (including Mortgages), Torts, Unfair or Deceptive Practices (G.L.c. 93A), Uniform Commercial Code (articles 1-9), and Wills.

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

The MBE consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test the following areas: Constitutional Law, Contracts and Sales, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.

Upcoming July 2014 Bar Exam

Fees and Deadlines
Filing Filing Deadline Fee
Timely May 9, 2014 $815
Additional Pricing Information

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Pricing details & how to sign up for the Massachusetts bar exam

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Daily task schedule from day one of your studies up to the bar exam. Need to take a few days off? No problem. Directed study will adapt to work around your schedule to keep you on track.

Flex Study

So you can brush up on your favorite topics. (Or least favorite as the case may be)

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Themis was incredibly convenient to use. I could study where I wanted, when I wanted. If I had a bad day and needed a break, then I could put all or part of my studies off until the next day and the calendar would automatically take that into account. Not having to get up early to drive to who-knows-where, while still learning everything I needed to know for the bar, made my life a lot easier (and it saved some gas money to boot). In the end, I passed the bar with flying colors. If I ever have to take the bar in another state, I'll definitely be going back to Themis.
— Joshua M.