Attorney Admissions

Admission to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Attorneys applying for admission to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts must be a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Attorneys must submit a Certificate of Good Standing from Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. To request a Certificate of Good Standing from the Supreme Judicial Court, please call 617-557-1050 or visit the Commonwealth’s website: www.mass.gov/guides/certificate-of-admission-and-good-standing.

After you receive your Certificate of Good Standing from the Supreme Judicial Court, please follow the instructions below regarding the submittal of the Certificate of Good Standing and the application for admission to this Court.

Prospective applicants seeking admission to this Court, should refer to Local Rule 83.5.1 for all the admission requirements.

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Applying for Admission

Verify Eligibility

  I am a member of the bar in good standing in Massachusetts.

  I am a member of the bar in good standing in every jurisdiction in which I have been admitted to practice.

  I am not the subject of disciplinary proceedings pending in any jurisdiction in which I am a member of the bar.

Apply for Admission

You will need the following readily available to complete your application for admission:

  1. Your Certificate of Good Standing from the Supreme Judicial Court, in PDF format.
  2. Your Massachusetts State BBO number.
  3. Your credit card to pay the admission fee (see fee schedule for current price). Payments are collected through Pay.gov.

Before applying for admission, please read and agree to comply with the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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Review by Clerk

The clerk shall examine the application and Certificate of Good Standing to determine whether the application is in order. If the application is in order, the clerk shall place the name of the applicant on the list for the first available admission ceremony. (See the admission ceremony schedule for the next ceremony date)