Mandatory Dress Code

  Notice to All Applicants

The Board is aware that many law firms and other professional offices have "dress down" policies of varying descriptions. There is no "dress down" or "casual dress" policy at the Virginia Bar Exam.

Applicants who come to the Virginia Bar Exam are expected to dress in court-appropriate attire. For men, court-appropriate attire is coat and tie. For women, court-appropriate attire is a dress, suit, or pantsuit.

Due to the nature of the floors at the testing site, and as a courtesy to the other applicants, court-appropriate soft- or rubber-soled shoes are preferred, as are flat or low heels. No sandals, flip flops, athletic shoes, etc. are allowed.

Recognizing the high caliber of professionalism that has traditionally characterized the bar, the Board is confident that no further discussion of this topic will be necessary.