West Virginia Bar Exam Information

West Virginia Bar Exam Information


West Virginia Board of Law Examiners
City Center East, Suite 1200 B
4700 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
(304) 558-7815

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Subjects and Topics Tested

West Virginia is a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction. The UBE consists of the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). The West Virginia bar exam may test the following subjects:

MEE Subjects

  • Agency & Partnership
  • Business Associations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Secured Transactions (U.C.C. Article 9)
  • Wills & Estates
  • Trusts

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure (Federal)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including U.C.C. Art. 2 – Sales)
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Scoring and Grading

A passing score on the West Virginia bar exam is 270 on a 400-point scale. The MBE is weighted 50%. The MEE is weighted 30%, and the MPT is weighted 20%.

Bar Exam Dates

The West Virginia bar exam is administered twice per year – once in February and once in July.

Upcoming Exams

2017: July 25-26

2018: February 27-28 and July 24-25

Bar Exam Results

West Virginia bar exam results are typically released 7 weeks after the exam.

Bar Exam Format

The Uniform Bar Exam (adopted by West Virginia), has the written components on Tuesday and the multiple choice component (MBE) on Wednesday

Tuesday
During the 3-hour morning session, 2 MPT questions are administered. This allows an average of 1.5 hours to complete each. During the three-hour afternoon session, 6 MEE questions are administered, allowing an average of 1.5 hours to answer each essay question.

Wednesday
100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour morning session, and 100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour afternoon session.

Reciprocity

Effective July 2017, West Virginia allows for admission on motion to the West Virginia State Bar if applicant received UBE score of 270 within previous 3 years.

Jurisdiction rules and policies change. Be sure to consult the jurisdiction’s bar admission agency directly for the most current info.

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