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MBA Leadership Academy

The Massachusetts Bar Association believes that exceptional leaders are essential to the improvement of our profession. However, there are few opportunities to train young attorneys on how to best lead firms and organizations. Therefore, the MBA recognizes its obligation as a statewide bar association to develop leaders who will work diligently toward the improvement of our profession and our society. In that regard, the MBA's Leadership Academy will select, educate, and mentor those who demonstrate leadership potential and attributes, and who will dedicate themselves towards these goals. Click here for MBA Leadership Academy FAQs.

After successful completion of the academy's curriculum of educational programming, class projects and mentoring, MBA Leadership Academy graduates will be better prepared to assume leadership roles at the bar, in their firms or organizations, and in government.


The MBA is seeking candidates for the 2017-18 class of the MBA Leadership Academy. The MBA Leadership Academy is a 12-month program, which runs concurrently with the MBA membership year, starting in September. Individuals chosen for the MBA Leadership Academy must commit to active participation in all MBA Leadership Academy activities, including quarterly programs.


To be considered for inclusion in the MBA's Leadership Academy, candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Active MBA member in good standing
  • Three - 10 years of legal experience as a member of the bar*
  • Written nomination by an MBA member other than the applicant
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation supporting the candidate's professional and personal qualifications, MBA experience and commitment, and potential for future leadership at the bar
  • Completion of the application
  • Submission of a resume


The deadline has been extended to July 14, 2017. The nomination, recommendations and resume should be sent to [email leadacademy]. The applicant's name should be referenced in the subject line.


For questions, or to nominate a qualified candidate, contact the MBA at [email leadacademy] or (617) 338-0530.

* The MBA will also include the annual Oliver Wendell Holmes Scholarship winner in each respective Leadership Academy class.

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