Professionalism Course FAQs

1. What is the Practicing with Professionalism course?
Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:16 requires all persons newly licensed to practice law in Massachusetts on or after Sept. 1, 2013, to complete a half-day Practicing with Professionalism Course to maintain their good standing at the bar. While the SJC had temporarily suspended the rule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SJC reinstated Rule 3:16, effective Sept. 10, 2020. Under the reinstatement order, “lawyers admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth between September 10, 2018, and the date of this Order who have not yet completed a Practicing with Professionalism Course shall have twenty-four months from the date of their admission to do so.” 

2. Am I required to take this course?
All persons newly licensed to practice law in Massachusetts on or after Sept. 1, 2013, are required to complete the half-day Practicing with Professionalism course.

3. How do I find my original admission date?
All licensed attorneys in Massachusetts can check the date of their admission to the bar at the Board of Bar Overseers' website.

4. Can I take any one of the Approved Provider's courses?
Yes, you may choose any one of the four Approved Providers.

5. How do I register for the course?
Registering for the MBA's Practicing with Professionalism course is easy. Simply click here to register for available virtual courses.

6. The course registration is $50. What is included in this fee?

  • Program materials associated with the PWP course.
  • Record keeping and attendance reports to the Board of Bar Overseers, which will be handled by the Massachusetts Bar Association.

7. How does the BBO know I've attended and completed the course?
The MBA will handle all your reporting requirements with the Board of Bar Overseers. Once you successfully complete our Practicing with Professionalism course, we do the rest.