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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
3/3/2024

18VAC35-10-90. Educational certificates.

At the time an application is filed in the Office of the Secretary of the board, it must include the appropriate certification of the applicant legal education as described below. Such certificates must be original documents, personally signed, and where appropriate must be on school stationery and under school seal. Copies, transcripts, and rubber stamp signatures are not acceptable. The requirements are:

1. For graduates of approved law schools, a certificate from the president, dean, or other proper official stating what degree the applicant received and the date such degree was awarded;

2. For persons enrolled in law schools at the time of filing for examination, both: (i) a certificate dated within 90 days of the filing deadline, signed by the dean and a professor of the approved law school stating that the applicant is regularly enrolled and in good academic standing at said law school and is scheduled, in the regular course of study, to complete all requirements for a specified degree prior to the date of examination for which application is being made; and (ii) after all degree requirements have been completed the applicant must submit to the Office of the Secretary either a certificate of graduation or a certificate from the law school stating that the applicant has completed all degree requirements and the date such requirements were completed (which date must be prior to the date of the upcoming bar examination), and also stating the date on which the applicant will receive the degree from such law school. This certificate must be received before the date of the scheduled Virginia Bar examination;

3. For persons who have studied law under a supervising attorney in the approved law reader program, on forms provided by the Office of the Secretary of the board, either: (i) certification that the entire required period of study has been completed, or will be completed prior to the examination, under the supervision of an approved attorney; or (ii) certification that the required period of study was completed partly in an approved law school and partly in an approved attorney's office.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-3922 and 54.1-3926 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR168-01-02 § 3.1, eff. October 1, 1993.

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