Graduation and Bar Information
What to do in preparation for graduation in your senior year
Degree Audit Review
Prior to your projected graduation date, seniors should review their degree audits, which are available to view on NECIN. Seniors are sent an email prior to the fall and spring course registration periods reminding them to view their audit to ensure they have fulfilled all degree requirements.
If you have any questions regarding your status or the degree audit, please contact the Office of the Registrar via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 617-422-7215.
Commencement Ceremony Information
Please visit the commencement web page for information about the commencement ceremony. All other inquiries regarding Commencement should be directed to the Dean's Office at 617-422-7221.
Action to Take for Bar Exam
Forms to Submit to the Office of the Registrar
Bar Exam Form - Deadline to submit the form to the Office of the Registrar - the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break.
The New England Law Bar Form is intended for "office-use only", informing the Office of the Registrar which state bar examinations students are intending to sit for.
The information provided on the New England Law Bar Form by students is not provided to any state bar agencies.
If you have any changes after you have submitted your form, please email them only to the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com
If you are planning to take more than one bar exam concurrently (e.g., taking the NY and NJ bar examinations during the same bar exam administration) you will need to meet with Professor Coulthard.
Other Materials – Some jurisdictions require materials in addition to a certification from the law school (e.g., law school application, writing sample and/or transcripts). Carefully read the instructions to determine what materials are required. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating which supplemental materials are required for the bar application. In some cases further information is requested after the initial application process. Students planning to sit for a bar examination other than Massachusetts are solely responsible for acquiring and providing all paperwork to the Office of the Registrar to certify.
Submitting an Amendment to Your Law School Application – Students needing to submit an amendment to their original law school application must have it reviewed by Professor Coulthard prior to submitting it to the Office of the Registrar.
Massachusetts Bar Examination Process
Current New England Law Students
Students who plan to sit for the Massachusetts Bar Examination may download requirements and application materials at www.mass.gov/bbe/bbeindex.htm.
Please be advised that the Massachusetts Bar requires the Office of the Registrar to certify the entire senior class regardless if students are taking the Massachusetts bar in February (for January graduates) or July (for May graduates), or not at all.
Note: Please do not submit the Massachusetts Law School Certificate - Form 4. The Office of the Registrar sends the Massachusetts Law School Certificate for ALL graduating students upon graduation. The certificates are sent directly to the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners after commencement.
New York Bar- Special Requirements
Important Requirements to Meet for students planning to sit for the New York Bar
If you are considering taking the New York bar exam, please be aware of the eligibility requirements, which are available online from the New York State Board of Law Examiners
Skills Competency Requirement
Applicants to the New York Bar who commence their legal studies after August 1, 2016 will be required to have fulfilled a new set of requirements detailed in Section 520.18 of the Rules for Admission of Attorneys and Counselors of Law. Section 520.18 “requires applicants for admission in New York to establish that they have acquired the skills and are familiar with the professional values necessary to competently practice law.” There are five pathways that can be used to meet this requirement. New England Law | Boston will use pathway two. It permits an applicant to satisfy the skills competency and professional values requirement by submitting proof that the applicant completed 15 credits of practice-based experiential coursework designed to foster professional competency training. Up to 6 of these 15 credits can be earned in law school certified non-credit-bearing summer employment programs, provided those employment opportunities are certified by the law school and satisfy certain other criteria.
In terms of our requirements for graduation, a student entering after August 1, 2016, must earn six (6) credits of experiential education (Professional Skills) credits. Additionally, the two (2) credits for LR&W III should count toward the New York Skills requirement. Thus, at graduation, every New England Law student should haves at least eight 8 credit hours toward the New York requirement. This means the student would need to take seven (7) additional hours of experiential credit. The student could use summer work experiences, including the summer fellowship program, or other qualifying simulation (experiential learning) courses, or clinics to meet six (6) of these additional hours.
As stated above, students may use non-credit bearing summer employment experiences to meet up to 6 credits of the requirements under section 520.18. These experiences do not require an academic component. The student may earn credit toward this requirement as long as the summer employment is supervised by an attorney in good standing in any jurisdiction within the United States. The work can be paid or unpaid. The work must be part of summer employment, including summer fellowships or internships. Work during the academic year does not count toward the requirement. To count as a credit for this requirement, the student must work at least 50 hours for each substituted credit. This means that a maximum of 300 hours of “qualifying summer employment” is required for six (6) credit hours to meet this provision of the New York rule. It should also be noted that a student cannot use this work to satisfy both this requirement and the New York 50 hour pro bono requirement, described below.
Students intending to apply for admission in New York should read Section 520.18 of the Rules for Admission for themselves. It is the responsibility of each applying student to ensure that he or she has met the requirements of this rule.
Pro Bono Requirement
All candidates who seek admission to the New York state bar must complete 50 hours of qualifying pro bono work before applying for admission to the bar. Admission on motion candidates are exempt. More information on the requirement is available from the New York State Board of Law Examiners.
New York State Board of Law Examiner's rule defines misconduct to include conduct that a candidate for the bar might not otherwise recognize as misconduct and that therefore each applicant is urged to read the rules carefully. Please click here to read: The New York State Board of Law Examiner's Board Rule 6000.9 (Fraud, Dishonesty and Other Misconduct)
Multi-State Bar Examination Information
For information about other state bar examinations visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners website at www.ncbex.org.
Bar Exam Preparation Course Information
Bar Exam Preparation Course at New England Law
New England Law offers the following course to students in their senior year only to prepare them for bar examinations: Advanced Legal Analysis (AL842). Please visit the Course Descriptions on the Registrar's website for additional information.
The Multi-state Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)
Please visit the General Bar Requirements and Information Page on the Career Services website for more information about the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and the official MPRE website at https://actapps.act.org/mpre/.