Virginia Bar Exam

The bar examinations in Virginia are held on two successive days in either the City of Richmond or Norfolk beginning on the Tuesday immediately preceding the last Wednesday in February at 9:00 a.m., and in the City of Roanoke beginning on the Tuesday immediately preceding the last Wednesday in July at 9:00 a.m.

The bar exams last two days.  On day one, nine essays and 20 short answer questions are given.   On day two, the Multistate Bar Exam is given.

The application fee is $275.  In addition, each applicant must pay the character and fitness investigation fee in accordance with the character and fitness fee schedule.

The first day exam consists of the written portion of the exam – nine essays (10 points each) and 20 short answers (½ of a point each).  This part includes essay and short-answer questions and will test the applicant’s knowledge in the following areas:

  1. Agency
  2. Criminal Law
  3. Professional Responsibility
  4. Uniform Commercial Code
  5. Conflict of Laws
  6. Domestic Relations
  7. Real and Personal Property
  8. Virginia Civil and Criminal
  9. Constitutional Law
  10. Equity
  11. Sales
  12. Procedure
  13. Business Organizations
  14. Federal Practice and Procedure
  15. Torts
  16. Wills and Estate Administration
  17. Creditor’s Rights
  18. Local Government
  19. Law Trusts

The second day exam consists of the MBE.   The MBE is a 200 question multiple choice exam.   100 questions are asked in the morning over a three hour period, and 100 questions are asked in the afternoon over a three hour period.   The MBE has 33 questions each for Contracts and Torts, and 31 questions each for Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, and Real Property. 190 of the 200 questions are graded, the other 10 are experimental. 200 questions over six hours averages out to 1.8 minutes per question.

All applicants must concurrently take the Essay part and the Multistate part of an examination in Virginia.  The scores of both parts will be weighted and combined to determine if the applicant has achieved an overall passing score as set by the Board.  Such weighting shall be made by a credit of 60% being given the scaled score made on the Essay part and a credit of 40% being given the scaled score made on the Multistate part.


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