MA Bar Exam Notice of Rule Change- Effective 7/1/2016

06.06.14

The Board of Bar Examiners for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued the following annoucement:

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT TO
BOARD OF BAR EXAMINERS RULE III.
SUBJECTS under Supreme Judicial Court 3:01, §3

On April 25, 2014, the Supreme Judicial Court approved and promulgated amended Rule III of the Rules of the Board of Bar Examiners, adding Access to Justice to the list of subjects to be tested on the Massachusetts bar examination. Amended Rule III takes effect on July 1, 2016.

As defined by Amended Rule III, the law to be tested in the field Access to Justice may include the Landlord-Tenant, including evictions, affirmative defenses and counterclaims, and fee-shifting statutes; Foreclosures; Divorce, including child custody, support, visitation; Termination of Parental Rights; Domestic Abuse; Guardianship and Conservatorship; Consumer Matters, including debt collection, predatory lending and unfair or deceptive practices; Health Care Proxies, Power of Attorney, Advance Directives; Due Process doctrines related to fair hearings, civil commitment and civil right to counsel; Representation of nonprofit organizations; and Ethical rules including Massachusetts Rules of Professional Responsibility 1.2, 1.5, 1.14, 1.15, 4.3, 6.1, 6.5 and Limited Assistance Representation.

Questions regarding this Notice may be directed to:
Marilyn J. Wellington
Executive Director
Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners Marilyn.Wellington@bbe.state.ma.us