Virginia Bar Exam Information

Virginia Bar Exam Information

Virginia Board of Bar Examiners
2201 W. Broad Street, Suite 101
Richmond, VA 23220-2022
(804) 367-0412

Subjects and Topics Tested

The Virginia bar exam may test the following MBE and Virginia Essay subjects:

MBE Subjects

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

Virginia Essay Subjects

  • Business Organization (Incl. Agency & Partnership, Corporations)
  • Commercial Transactions (U.C.C. Articles 1-2 & 9)
  • Creditor’s Rights
  • Domestic Relations
  • Equity
  • Local Government Law
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Personal Property
  • Taxation
  • Virginia Civil Procedure (incl. appellate practice)
  • Virginia Criminal Procedure (incl. appellate practice)
  • Trusts
  • Wills & Estate Administration

Application Filing Deadlines and Fees

July 2017 Exam
Filing Deadline: May 10

February 2018 Exam
Filing Deadline: December 15

Application Fees
Non-attorneys: $800
Attorneys: $800
Repeaters: $500

Laptop Fee: $125

Scoring and Grading

Passing the Virginia bar exam requires a minimum score of 140 out of 200 points. The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) portion counts for 40%, and the Virginia essay questions count for 60%.

Bar Exam Dates

The 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

Virginia bar exam results are typically released 9 weeks after the exam.

Bar Exam Format

The Virginia bar exam is 2 days long and consists of the MBE, 9 Virginia essay questions, and 10 short answer questions.

During the 3-hour morning session, 5 Virginia essay questions are administered. During the 3-hour afternoon session, 4 Virginia essay questions, and 10 short answer questions are administered.
100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour morning session, and 100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour afternoon session.


The Virginia Bar allows admission on motion if the applicant meets all requirements for admission, including: (1) admitted to practice law in a reciprocal jurisdiction; and (2) practicing law for 3 of the last 5 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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