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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 35. Board of Bar Examiners
Chapter 10. Rules of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners

18VAC35-10-10. Examinations.

A. Unless otherwise directed by the board, in each year bar examinations will be 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 a.m., and in the City of Roanoke beginning on the Tuesday immediately preceding the last Wednesday in July at 9 a.m.

B. Each examination will consist of two parts, with each part having a morning and afternoon session. The first part, given on Tuesday, is the essay part which is prepared and graded under the supervision of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners. This part will test the applicant's knowledge of:


Conflict of Laws

Constitutional Law



Creditor's Rights

Criminal Law and Procedure

Domestic Relations



Federal Practice and Procedure

Local Government Law


Personal Property

Professional Responsibility

Real Property






Uniform Commercial Code

Virginia Pleading, Practice and Procedure in law and equity (including appellate procedure)

Wills and Administration of Estates

The second part, given on Wednesday, is the Multistate Bar Examination, compiled and graded under the supervision of the National Conference of Bar Examiners Office of Testing. The second part will test the applicant's knowledge of:

Constitutional Law;


Criminal Law;


Real Property;


C. All applicants must concurrently take the essay part and the multistate part of an examination at the same exam administration 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 score made on the essay part and a credit of 40% being given the scale score made on the multistate part. Only applicants who achieve such overall passing score will be licensed to practice law in Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-3922 and 54.1-3927 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR168-01-02 § 1.1, eff. October 1, 1993.

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