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Educational requirement Rule change for Virginia Bar Exam applicants

The Rules of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners have been amended pursuant to changes to § 54.1-3926 of the Code of Virginia, effective July 1, 2021. Beginning with the February 2022 Virginia bar exam, an applicant who has “completed all degree requirements from a law school not approved by the American Bar Association, including a foreign law school, obtained an LL.M. from a law school approved by the American Bar Association, and been admitted to practice law before the court of last resort in any state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia” shall be eligible to take the Virginia bar exam.

Please Note: For applicants who meet the new academic requirements stated above, the online application to apply for the February 2022 Virginia Bar Exam will be available on or about August 15, 2021.

July 2021 Bar Exam

Filing Deadline: The statutory filing deadline for the July 2021 Bar Exam is May 10, 2021. Click here for information.

COVID-19 Application Modifications, Notices, and FAQs: Click here for information.

Email Confirmation: Email confirmation of Application receipt for the July 2021 Virginia Bar Exam - more information

Application Processing: Application processing and notification of items required for the July 2021 Virginia Bar Exam - more information

Instruction Letters:
     July 2021 Virginia Bar Exam Instructions (Handwriting) - more information
     July 2021 Virginia Bar Exam Instructions (Laptop) - more information

Laptop Registration: July 2021 Virginia Bar Exam Laptop Program - more information

Admission Without Examination

COVID-19 Application Modifications: Click here for information.

Virginia Corporate Counsel, Part I

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VSB Award

Virginia State Bar Corporate Counsel Section will present a monetary award to an exam taker aiming for a career as in-house counsel. Click here for information on how to apply.