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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 mailed in October to make sure they have fulfilled all degree requirements.

Degree audits will also be mailed to seniors in the fall and spring semesters.

If you have any questions regarding your status or the degree audit itself, please contact the Registrar's Office via email at registrar@nesl.edu or by phone at 617-422-7215.

Forms to Submit to the Registrar's Office

New England Law Bar Form - Deadline to submit the form to the Registrar's Office - December 7, 2012.

The New England Law Bar Form is intended for "office-use only, informing the Registrar's Office 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 Registrar's Office at registrar@nesl.edu

 

Second Bar Certification Form - Submit the form to Professor Coulthard 

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) please complete a Second Bar Certification Form and bring to Professor Coulthard for his signature.

Students who fail to submit a second bar certification form will not be certified for a second bar examination.

 

State Bar Form (This is the form you have downloaded from the state bar you have selected to sit for the bar examination) -

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.   

Massachusetts Bar Examination Process 

Graduates of New England Law

If you have graduated from New England Law prior to 2004 and need a Law School Certificate, send an email request to registrar@nesl.edu. The Registrar's Office will submit your Law School Certificate electronically to the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners on your behalf.

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 Registrar's Office to certify the entire senior class regardless if students are taking the bar in February (for January graduates) or July for May graduates.

Note: Please do not submit the Massachusetts Law School Certificate - Form 4.  The Registrar's Office 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.

Please note that both New York and Rhode Island require a writing sample that you can complete and mail to the Registrar's Office or you can have it notarized and mailed directly to the bar. The Registrar's Office does not have any forms.

For students planning to take the New York Bar, 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)
 

For those students who plan to sit for the New Hampshire bar examination, please request a Certificate of Graduation from the Registrar's Office. Do not request an Expected Graduation Certificate per the request of the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners as of July 2011.

If the bar requires a Certificate of Graduation, which is a letter stating your graduation date, please send an e-mail request to registrar@nesl.edu to request the certificate. 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 registrar@nesl.edu indicating which supplemental materials are required for the bar application. In some cases further information is requested after the initial application process. 

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/.

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.