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Third-year law students eligible to take February 2023 Bar Exam

The Rules of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners have been amended pursuant to changes to Section 54.1-3926 of the Code of Virginia, effective July 1, 2022. See Section II.A and Section IV.E.1. Beginning with the February 2023 Virginia Bar Exam, an applicant who has "[s]atisfactorily completed legal studies amounting to at least five semesters, or the equivalent of at least five semesters on a system other than a semester system, of full-time study at a law school approved by the American Bar Association or the Board" will be eligible to take the Virginia bar exam. If you have questions about whether you meet these educational requirements, please contact your law school.

Please Note: For applicants who meet the new educational requirements, the online application to apply for the February 2023 Virginia Bar Exam will be available on or about September 1, 2022.

July 2022 Bar Exam

Email Confirmation: Email confirmation of Application receipt for the July 2022 Virginia Bar Exam - more information

Application Processing: Application processing and notification of items required for the July 2022 Virginia Bar Exam - more information

Instruction Letters:
     July 2022 Virginia Bar Exam Instructions (Handwriting) - more information
     July 2022 Virginia Bar Exam Instructions (Laptop) - more information

Laptop Registration: July 2022 Virginia Bar Exam Laptop Program - more information

February 2022 Bar Exam

Results: The February Bar Exam results were released on April 22, 2022. Click here for information.

Admission Ceremony: June 8, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. Click here for Admission & Orientation Ceremony information.

Admission Without Examination - Amended Rule 1A:1

Supreme Court of Virginia Rule 1A:1 – Admission Without Examination – Legal education requirements have been amended effective March 12, 2022.

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Virginia Legal Aid Counsel - New Rule 1A:9

Supreme Court of Virginia Rule 1A:9 – Virginia Legal Aid Counsel – this new Rule, effective March 12, 2022, allows licensed attorneys seeking employment with a Virginia Legal Aid Society to be admitted in Virginia.

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Military Spouse Provisional Admission - Amended Rule 1A:8

Supreme Court of Virginia Rule 1A:8 Military Spouse Provisional Admission has been amended effective February 26, 2022.

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Virginia Essay exam subject areas tested - updated as of August 10, 2021

The Rules of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners have been updated to reflect the removal of Agency, Constitutional Law and Equity as subject areas tested on the Virginia Essay exam. Click here for updated Rules.

Admission Without Examination

COVID-19 Application Modifications: Click here for information.

Virginia Corporate Counsel, Part I

COVID-19 Application Modifications: Click here for information.

Virginia Legal Aid Counsel

COVID-19 Application Modifications: Click here for information.

Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (VJLAP)

The Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (VJLAP) is an independent non-profit organization which provides confidential, non-disciplinary assistance to lawyers, judges, law students, legal professionals, and their family members who experience impairment as a result of substance abuse and/or mental health conditions. More information is available at https://vjlap.org.

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.