Study Resources - Example Ten-point Answers to Virginia Essay Questions

The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners does not develop or publish "model answers" to the Virginia essay questions, and the Board does not approve or endorse any purported "model answers" published by law school professors or others. Instead, the Board compiles points and authorities and develops a grading guideline identifying the essential elements that the Board believes should be covered in a good answer to each particular essay question.

The Board does not require a "perfect" answer. The Board expects a good answer to recognize the issues involved, to set out the law applicable to those issues, to analyze the facts of the question, to identify the facts relevant to the issues, to apply the law to those relevant facts, and to reach a conclusion consistent with the analysis. Of course, all of that identification, analysis, and application must be effectively communicated to the grader. Thus, more than just legal knowledge, the Virginia essay questions test one's ability to use and apply the skills that are essential to every lawyer.

The Board provides examples of actual answers that have received a score of 10 points (i.e., the highest score possible on any one answer). No corrections or changes have been made to these answers by the Board.

September 2020 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the September 2020 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.

July 2020 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the July 2020 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.

February 2020 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the February 2020 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.

July 2019 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the July 2019 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.

February 2019 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the February 2019 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.

July 2018 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the July 2018 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.

February 2018 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the February 2018 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.

July 2017 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the July 2017 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.

February 2017 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the February 2017 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.

July 2016 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the July 2016 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.

February 2016 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the February 2016 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.

July 2015 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the July 2015 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.

February 2015 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the February 2015 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.

July 2014 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the July 2014 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.

February 2014 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the February 2014 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.

July 2013 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the July 2013 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.

February 2013 Example Answers

The following links provide an essay question that appeared on the February 2013 Virginia Bar Exam followed by 10-point answers.