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Virginia MPRE Minimum
: 85*

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Virginia Bar Exam


Format, Content, & Grading of the Virginia Bar Exam



All data provided below are subject to change by a decision at any time by the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners.  When any changes are made, they will be posted on this site.

The Virginia Bar Exam is a two-day exam -- Tuesday and Wednesday -- with the essays and short-answer questions on Tuesday and the multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam on Wednesday.

First Day (Tuesday):  

Three hours in the morning, three hours in the afternoon
Nine Essay Questions
20 Short-Answer Questions, emphasizing the law of Virginia.

Second Day (Wednesday) morning session: 

Three hours 
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
100 Multiple-Choice questions.

Second Day (Wednesday) afternoon session: 

Three hours
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 
100 Multiple-Choice questions.

For further details on the MBE, click here.

Virginia requires that you sit for the MBE as part of the Virginia Bar Exam. 
Virginia does NOT accept your score from an MBE taken in another jurisdiction.

Subjects Tested on the Virginia Portion:

Commercial Paper
Conflict of Laws
Constitutional Law
Creditors' Rights
Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
Domestic Relations
Equitable Remedies (Equity)
Federal Practice and Procedure
Local Government Law
Personal Property
Professional Responsibility
Real Property
Secured Transactions
Uniform Commercial Code
Virginia Pleading, Practice & Procedure (in law and equity, including appellate practice)
Wills & Estate Administration

Grading of the Virginia Bar Exam:

Your score on the MBE counts for 40% of your total score.  
Your performance on the essays and short-answer questions counts for 60% of your total score. 

Virginia generally releases the results of the Summer exam in mid- to late-October and the results of the Winter exam in late April.


Virginia requires a scaled score of 85. 

Your score will be accepted by Virginia only if you take the MPRE during the time period beginning two calendar years before, and ending two calendar years after,  the calendar year in which you take and pass the general Virginia Bar Exam.

Virginia Bar Exam Details

Admission on Motion 
(i.e., without having to sit for the bar exam)

For admission on motion, you must be admitted to practice in a jurisdiction that grants admission on motion to Virginia attorneys.

For detailed Virginia information, click here.

For further information about the Virginia Bar Exam, contact:

Virginia Board of Bar Examiners
Shockoe Center, Suite 225
11 South 12th Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4009
Telephone: (804) 786-7490


Exam Dates:

Winter 2007
Tuesday and Wednesday, 
February 27 and 28, 2007

Summer 2007
Tuesday and Wednesday, 
July 24 and 25, 2007

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Filing deadlines and fees are subject to change.  Contact the Virginia Bar Examiners to learn the rules in effect at the time of your application.

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