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Bar Exam Guide: Virginia

Guide to the Bar exam

The Basics

Components of the Virginia Bar Exam:

The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 40%

9 State Specific Essay Questions + 10 State Specific Multiple Choice Questions 60%


Virginia considers the following jurisdictions reciprocal and an attorney may be admitted on motion if, among other things, the attorney has practiced law for at least three of the five years immediately preceding their application and has made such progress in the practice of law that it would be unreasonable to require the applicant to take an examination:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New Yok, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Where to find more information:

Virginia Board of Bar Examiners

Regent University Virginia Bar Exam Research Guide