Admission Without Examination - Minimum Threshold Requirements

To be eligible for Admission Without Examination, you must be able to answer Yes or True to all of the following Minimum Threshold Requirements established by the Supreme Court of Virginia:

  1. I comply with the academic requirements listed in Section II of the Rules of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners as follows:
    • I graduated from an ABA approved law school.
    • At the time of my graduation, such law school was approved by the American Bar Association.
  2. I have not failed any bar examination given by any state or territory of the United States or by the District of Columbia within the five (5) years immediately prior to submitting this application for admission to the Virginia bar.
  3. I have not failed more than two (2) bar examinations in any state or territory of the United States or in the District of Columbia.
  4. My Reciprocal Jurisdiction is a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.
    • I am a member in good standing of the court of last resort of My Reciprocal Jurisdiction
    • I have independently determined that My Reciprocal Jurisdiction permits lawyers licensed in Virginia to be admitted to practice in such jurisdiction without examination.
  5. I have been admitted to practice law before the court of last resort for at least five (5) years in a state, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
  6. I have been engaged in the full-time active practice of law for at least three (3) years (36 calendar months) out of the past five (5) years immediately prior to submitting this application for admission to the Virginia bar; during each month for which I claim credit for the full time active practice of law I have held an active license to practice law in each state, territory, or the District of Columbia where I practiced; and during each such month my law office was physically located within the state, territory, or the District of Columbia where I was so licensed and where I practiced. [Exception for: Judge Advocate General, Assistant U. S. Attorney, law clerk for state or federal judge (Answer Yes)]
  7. It was a requirement of each position for which I claim credit for the full-time practice of law in a jurisdiction that I hold an active license to practice law in the state, territory, or the District of Columbia where my office was located and where I performed the duties of such position. If anyone were to work in such position without an active and unrestricted license to practice law in such jurisdiction, he or she would be engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in such jurisdiction. [Exception for: Virginia Corporate Counsel, Judge Advocate General, Assistant U. S. Attorney, law clerk for state or federal judge (Answer Yes)]
  8. I have completed Rule 1A:1 Reciprocity Course(s) approved by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board within the preceding six-month period.
  9. I will attach the RULE 1A:1 RECIPROCITY COURSES AFFIDAVIT and Certificate of Attendance certifying completion of approved course(s).
  10. I have read and am familiar with the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct (VRPC), and I will complete and submit the VRPC Affidavit (included at the end of the admission without examination application form).