Military Spouse Provisional Admission - Minimum Threshold Requirements
To be eligible for Military Spouse Provisional Admission, you must be able to answer Yes or True to all of the following Minimum Threshold Requirements established by the Supreme Court of Virginia:
- I have been admitted by examination to practice law before the court of last resort of a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.
- I hold a Juris Doctor degree from a law school that was approved by the American Bar Association at the time of my graduation.
- I have achieved a score of 85 or greater on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination.
- I am an active member in good standing and hold an unrestricted license to practice law in at least one state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.
- I am a member in good standing in all jurisdictions where I have ever been admitted.
- I am not currently subject to lawyer discipline or the subject of a pending disciplinary matter.
- I possess the good character and fitness to practice law in Virginia.
- I am the dependent spouse of an active duty service member of the United States Uniformed Services as defined by the Department of Defense (or, for the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, by the Department of Homeland Security) and that my service member spouse is on military orders stationed in the Commonwealth of Virginia or the National Capitol region, as defined by the Department of Defense.
- I physically reside within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- I have never failed the Virginia Bar Exam.
- I have completed/will complete twelve (12) hours of instruction approved by the Virginia Continuing Legal Education Board on Virginia substantive and/or procedural law, including four (4) hours of ethics, within the six-month period immediately preceding or following the filing of this application.
- I meet one of the following criteria:
- I have been licensed to practice law in any state or territory of the United States or in the District of Columbia for at least five years, I have engaged in the active practice of law for a cumulative total of at least three years anytime during the ten-year period preceding the submission of the application for provisional admission, and I have made such progress in the practice of law that it would be unreasonable to require the applicant to take an examination. OR
- I agree to practice under the supervision of Local Counsel.
- I have read and am familiar with the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct.