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Virginia State Bar Exam: Essay Questions

The Law Library provides PDFs of essay questions from 1995 to the present with the permission of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners. The Board does not release actual or sample answers or make available any multiple-choice questions or answers.

1995 - present PDF file

Virginia Bar Application and Certification

*FILING DEADLINES: For February Bar Exam - December 15th
For July Bar Exam - May 10th

(*Date by which required forms must be received in the Office of the Secretary of the Board of Bar Examiners.) All Virginia Bar application materials are available online on the Virginia Bar website with the exception of the fingerprint card, which can be found in the Law Records Office ( Room 341).

TWO SEPARATE FORMS, WITH SEPARATE FEES, ARE REQUIRED:

1. Character & Fitness Questionnaire:

  • Must be typewritten; and filed in duplicate (original plus one photocopy); and both copies must be notarized.
  • Must include a current credit report and transcripts of driving records.
  • Must include appropriate fee payment.

The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners encourages early filing of the character & fitness questionnaire and offers a fee reduction if the questionnaire is submitted within the first 14 consecutive calendar months of law school enrollment. The questionnaire is extensive, and while early submission is optional, students should not postpone working on it. A completed questionnaire, if not previously submitted, must accompany the bar application, which is to be filed closer to the planned exam date.

2. Bar Application:

Must be typewritten and notarized. Will not be accepted without an accompanying (or previously filed) Character & Fitness Questionnaire.

Must include two (2) passport-style photographs and a completed fingerprint card, as prescribed by the bar examiners. Fingerprinting must be done by an authorized police official or through a U.S. Government agency. As a service to students, fingerprinting is done by University Police at the Arlington Campus. The specially required fingerprint cards are available at the Law Records Office and they are also furnished at the law school University Police Office.

Must include appropriate education certification, as follows:

  1. Currently enrolled students must enclose a law school certificate of enrollment, which is prepared by the Law Records Office. After confirmation that degree requirements have been met, the Law Records Office will prepare a certification of degree award for each applicant and will mail the certifications directly to the Board of Bar Examiners.
  2. Bar applicants who have already graduated must enclose a law school certificate of graduation, which may be obtained by contacting the Law Records Office.

Must include payment of bar application fee.

Note: The GMU School of Law School Code for the Virginia Bar is: 166.

3. Fee Payment:

Payment is required at time of filing and must be made by money order, cashier's check, or certified check made payable to the "Virginia Board of Bar Examiners." For current fee schedule refer to Virginia Bar website. When the questionnaire and application are mailed together in the same envelope, the required fees may be combined in a single payment. If filing the questionnaire early, pay only the questionnaire fee and DO NOT "pre-pay" the application fee.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination

Most jurisdictions, including Virginia, require the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) for admission to the bar. Check individual bar examiner's rules concerning established passing score and specified time frame for taking the exam. In registering for the MPRE, which is typically scheduled in March, August and November, note that the "Regular Application" receipt deadline sets a lower filing fee. Registration packets are available online.

Bar Admission in Other States

Each state has its own rules for admission to the bar and certain procedures for making application. Students considering other bars should plan ahead to determine the particular requirements of those states in which they have an interest and must obtain their application materials directly from the bar examiners. The Law Records Office processes all of the law school certification as needed for each state bar but does not distribute application packets. When making application to another state bar, it is the student's responsibility to provide any required law school certification forms to the Law Records Office in sufficient time to meet filing deadlines. Contact information for each jurisdiction is listed below. For a general guide to individual state bar requirements, visit the Bar-Bri website.

Contact the following state bar associations or state bar examiners for information on being admitted to the respective jurisdiction.

Alabama State Bar
Admissions Office
P. O. Box 671
Montgomery, AL 36101
TEL: (334) 269-1515
http://www.alabar.org

Alaska Bar Association
P. O. Box 100279
Anchorage, AK 99510-0279
TEL: (907) 272-7469
http://www.alaskabar.org

Arizona Committee on Examinations
Supreme Court of Arizona
1501 W. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007-3231
TEL: (602) 364-0371
http://www.azcourts.gov/cld/AttorneyAdmissions.aspx

Arkansas Board of Law Examiners
120 Justice Building
625 Marshall
Little Rock, AR 72201
TEL: (501) 374-1855
http://courts.state.ar.us

State Bar of California Office Of Admissions
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
TEL: (415) 538-2399
http://www.calbar.org

1149 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015-2299
TEL: (213) 765-1500

Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center
Colorado Supreme Court
Office of Attorney Admissions
1300 Broadway, Suite 520
Denver, CO 80203
TEL: (303) 928-7770
http://www.coloradosupremecourt.com/BLE/ble_home.htm

Connecticut Bar Examining Committee
Office of the Administrative Director
80 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106-4424
TEL: (860) 756-7900
http://www.jud.ct.gov/CBEC

Delaware Board of Bar Examiners
Office of the Secretary
200 West Ninth Street, Suite 300-B
Wilmington, DE 19801-1717
TEL: (302) 577-7038
http://courts.state.de.us/bbe

DC Court of Appeals Committee on Admissions
500 Indiana Avenue, NW Room 4200
Washington, DC 20001
TEL: (202) 879-2710
http://www.dcbar.org

Florida Board of Bar Examiners
1891 Eider Court
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1750
TEL: (850) 487-1292
http://www.floridabarexam.org

Georgia Office of Bar Admissions
244 Washington Street, SW Suite 440
Atlanta, GA 30334
TEL: (404) 656-3490
http://www.gabaradmissions.org

Hawaii Board of Bar Examiners
417 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
TEL: (808) 539-4977
http://www.courts.state.hi.us/legal_references/bar_application.html

Idaho State Bar
P. O. Box 895
Boise, ID 83701
TEL: (208) 334-4500
http://isb.idaho.gov/admissions/bar_exam/bar_examination_information.html

Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar
625 South College Street
Springfield, IL 62704
TEL: (217) 522-5917
http://www.ibaby.org

Indiana State Board of Law Examiners
115 West Washington Street
Suite 1070 South Tower
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3417
TEL: (317) 232-2552
http://www.in.gov/judiciary

Iowa Board of Law Examiners
Office of Professional Regulation
Judicial Branch Building, Second Floor
1111 East Court Avenue
Des Moines IA 50319
TEL: (515) 725-8029
http://www.iowacourts.gov/For_Attorneys/Bar_Information__Admissions

Kansas Board of Law Examiners
Kansas Judicial Center
301 S.W. 10th Street, Rm. 374
Topeka, KS 66612
TEL: (785) 296-8410
http://www.kscourts.org/appellate-clerk/Board-of-Law-Examiners/

Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners
1510 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511
TEL: (606) 246-2381
http://www.kyoba.org

Louisiana Committee on Bar Admissions
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
TEL: (504) 566-1600
http://www.lsba.org

Maine Board of Law Examiners
P. O. Box 140
Augusta, ME 04332-0140
TEL: (207) 623-2464
http://www.mainebarexaminers.org

Maryland Board of Law Examiners
Robert F. Sweeney District
Court Bldg., 3rd Floor
251 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD 21401
TEL: (410) 260-1975
http://www.courts.state.md.us/ble

Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners
Edward W. Brooke Courthouse
24 New Chardon Street, 1st floor 
Boston, MA 02114
TEL: 617-482-4466
http://www.mass.gov/courts/court-info/sjc/attorneys-bar-applicants/bbe/

Michigan Board of Law Examiners
200 Washington Square
Lower Level, P. O. Box 30104
Lansing, MI 48909
TEL: (517) 334-6992
http://courts.mi.gov/courts/michigansupremecourt/ble

Minnesota Board of Law Examiners
Galtier Plaza,
380 Jackson Street, Suite 201
St. Paul, MN 55101
TEL: (651) 297-1800
http://www.ble.state.mn.us

Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions
New Gartin Justice Building
450 High Street, Suite 2027
Jackson, MS 39201
TEL: (601) 576-4620
http://courts.ms.gov/baradmissions/baradmissions.html

Missouri Board of Law Examiners
Supreme Court Building
P. O. Box 150
Jefferson City, MO 65102
TEL: (573) 751-4144
http://www.courts.mo.gov/SUP/index.nsf

State Bar of Montana
P. O. Box 577
Helena, MT 59624
TEL: (406) 442-7660
http://montanabar.org

Nebraska State Bar Commission
635 South 14th Street
P.O. Box 81809
Lincoln, NE 68501-1809
TEL: (402) 475-7091
http://www.nebar.com

State Bar of Nevada
600 East Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
TEL: (702) 382-2200
http://www.nvbar.org

New Hampshire Office of the Clerk
Supreme Court, Noble Drive
Concord, NH 03301
TEL: (603) 271-2646
http://nhbar.org

New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners
25 Market Street
8th Floor - North Wing CN 973
Trenton, NJ 08625
TEL: (609) 984-7783
http://www.njbarexams.org

New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners
9420 Indian School Rd, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
TEL: (505) 271-9706
http://www.nmexam.org

New York State Board of Law Examiners
One Executive Centre Drive
Albany, NY 12203-5195
TEL: (518) 452-8700
http://www.nybarexam.org

North Carolina Board of Law Examiners
One Exchange Plaza, Suite 700
P. O. Box 2946
Raleigh, NC 27602
TEL: (919) 828-4886
http://www.ncble.org

North Dakota State Board of Bar Examiners
Judicial Wing, 1st Floor
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 180
Bismarck, ND 58505-0530
TEL: (701) 328-4201
http://www.ndcourts.gov/court/committees/barbd/information.htm

Ohio Admissions Office
Supreme Court of Ohio
30 East Broad Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
TEL: (614) 466-1528
http://www.sconet.state.oh.us

Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners
P. O. Box 53036
1901 North Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73152
TEL: (405) 416-7075
http://www.okbbe.com

Oregon State Board of Bar Examiners
5200 SW Meadows Rd
P. O. Box 1689
Lake Oswego, OR 97035-0889
TEL: (503) 620-0222
http://www.osbar.org

Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners
5070A Ritter Road, Suite 300
AOPC Building
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-4879
TEL: (717) 795-7270
http://www.pabarexam.org

Rhode Island Bar Administrator
250 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903
TEL: (401) 222-3272
http://www.courts.ri.gov/AttorneyResources/baradmission/pages/Admission 20on 20Examination.aspx

Supreme Court of South Carolina
P. O. Box 11330
Columbia, SC 29211
TEL: (803) 734-1080
http://www.judicial.state.sc.us/bar/

South Dakota Board of Bar Examiners
State Capitol
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
TEL: (605) 773-4898
http://www.sdjudicial.com/barexam/application.aspx

Tennessee Board of Law Examiners
706 Church Street, Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37243
TEL: (615) 741-3234
http://www.state.tn.us/lawexaminers

Texas Board of Law Examiners
P. O. Box 13486
Austin, TX 78711-3486
TEL: (512) 463-1621
http://www.ble.state.tx.us

Utah State Bar
645 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
TEL: (801) 531-9077
http://www.utahbar.org

Vermont Board of Bar Examiners
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-0702
TEL: (802) 828-3281
http://www.vermontjudiciary.org

Virginia Board of Bar Examiners
2201 W. Broad Street
Suite 101 Richmond, VA 23220-2022
TEL: 804-367-0412 (recording except 10am-12pm and 2-4pm daily)
FAX: 804-367-0416
http://www.vbbe.state.va.us

Washington State Bar Association
2101 4th Ave., 4th Floor
Seattle, WA 98121-2330
TEL: (206) 443-9722
http://www.wsba.org

West Virginia Board of Law Examiners
City Center East, Suite 1200 B
4700 MacCorkle Ave., SE
Charleston, WV 25304
TEL: 1-800-841-6212
http://www.courtswv.gov/legal-community/board-of-law-examiners.html

Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners
1110 East Main St.
Madison, WI 53703-3328
TEL: (608) 266-9760
http://www.wicourts.gov/about/organization/offices/bbe.htm

Wyoming State Board of Law Examiners
P. O. Box 109
Cheyenne, WY 82003-0109
TEL: (307) 632-9061
http://wyomingbar.org