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. While the
SJC had temporarily suspended the rule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the
SJC reinstated Rule 3:16, efffective Sept. 10,2020. Under the reinstatement
orders, "lawyers admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth between Sept. 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."
The Massachusetts Bar Association is committed to ensuring that newly
licensed attorneys enter the profession in good standing by offering an
affordable and convenient means of satisfying this rule's requirement.
The course registration fee for this virtual program is $50 an includes the
- Program materials associated with the PWP course
- Recordkeeping and attendance reports to the Board of Bar Overseers, which
will be handled by the MBA
This program is exclusively for newly admitted Massachusetts attorneys
in compliance with SJC Rule 3:16. Attorneys must be sworn into the
Massachusetts bar before attending this course.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all courses will
be offered virtually (via Zoom). Registration is required by 3 p.m. on
Tuesday, July 12, to participate in this program. After you register with the MBA, please look for
an emal from MassBarEducation with the Webinar ID and Password. The email will be sent prior to the