Virginia Board of Bar Examiners

2201 W. Broad Street • Suite 101 • Richmond, VA 23220-2022
Telephone: 804-367-0412 • Fax: 804-367-0416


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For those awaiting the MPRE results in order to be licensed

Applicants awaiting the MPRE results from the August 2014 MPRE examination, and who had their results sent to Virginia, please DO NOT CALL the office to find out if we have received your scores or to inquire about when you are going to be licensed.

The next licensing date is September 15, 2014. Those applicants who passed a previous Virginia bar exam (February 2014 or prior), have met all requirements, and are otherwise qualified, will be licensed on September 15, 2014.

Upon being licensed, a letter will be sent to the address on record advising you of your licensure and the procedures to then follow.

If you have changed your address, please complete a Change of Address form.

July 2014 Bar Examination

Results: Click here for information regarding the results for the July 2014 bar exam.

Admission Ceremony: Click here for information about the date, time, and location of the admission ceremony for those applicants who pass the bar exam and are licensed by the Board.

Military Spouse Provisional Admission Rule

The Supreme Court of Virginia has established Rule 1A:8 Military Spouse Provisional Admission effective July 1, 2014. Click here to review the Rule and all other requirements, as well as access the online forms.

Upcoming Dates

October 17, 2014
Anticipated date for results for the July 2014 Bar Examination - more information
December 3, 2014
Admission Ceremony for July 2014 Bar Exam Licensees - more information
December 15, 2014
Filing Deadline for February 2015 Bar Examination - more information
January 5, 2015
February 2015 Virginia Bar Exam Instructions (Handwriting) - more information
February 2015 Virginia Bar Exam Instructions (Laptop) - more information
January 7 - January 16, 2015
Laptop Program Registration - more information
January 17 - January 31, 2015
Laptop Program Late Registration - more information
February 24-25, 2015
February 2015 Bar Examination in Norfolk, VA - more information


The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners (the "Board") is an agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia. In addition, its statutory authority is found in § 54.1-3919 et seq. of the Code of Virginia. The Board is responsible for ascertaining the qualifications of applicants for admission to the Bar of Virginia and licensing those applicants who meet those requirements as established by the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Virginia General Assembly, and the Rules and Regulations issued by the Board.

We can be contacted at the address and phone number above. We try to respond to all correspondence within 48 hours of our receipt, workload permitting. In order to give our staff time to perform all of their required duties, our voice telephone lines are open between the hours of 10:00 AM and Noon and 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Monday - Friday. At other times (or if all lines are busy during those hours), you will hear a recording. Before telephoning, please see if your questions can be answered by the information on this site.

We want to provide you with as much information as possible on the bar admission process in Virginia. On this website, you will find:

  1. Frequently Asked Questions about admission to the Virginia Bar.
  2. Information about the Bar Examination and all its components, including the Character & Fitness Questionnaire.
  3. Information on Admission Without Examination (for persons who may be qualified by virtue of their years of experience in the full-time licensed practice of law in accordance with Rule1A:1)
  4. Information on the Law Reader Program.
  5. Information on Military Legal Assistance Attorney, Foreign Legal Consultant, and Virginia State Bar Reinstatement.
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