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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, 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 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


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) students must print out this form, complete and sign it, and then take it to Professor Robert Coulthard for his signature.  Once both signatures are on the completed form, it should be brought to the Office of the Registrar. 

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

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 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

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.

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)

Multi-State Bar Examination Information

For information about other state bar examinations visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners website at

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