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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 35. Board Of Bar Examiners
Chapter 20. Law Reader Program Rule
7/25/2021

18VAC35-20-160. Structure.

A. The program is a four calendar year course of study. A reader completes the program by passing all the prescribed courses and six elective courses in that period of time.

B. Each calendar year consists of 48 weeks during which the reader is required to study six subjects. A reader may not take more course work in any calendar year than is prescribed by this chapter, without prior board approval.

C. The program is structured so the reader may elect to study only one subject at a time and pass it before beginning the next subject, or may elect to study two or more courses during the same period. The minimum number of hours to be devoted to each subject is prescribed by regulation.

D. All courses in the program are to be graded as pass or fail only. "Pass" means that the reader has exhibited reasonable comprehension of the theory and practice of any given subject to the satisfaction of the supervising attorney and the board.

E. The supervising attorney shall use textbooks, casebooks, and other written, legal materials, selected from those in use at any of the ABA approved law schools in Virginia, to guide the reader through the subject matter of each course. The supervising attorney may use other appropriate materials with the prior approval of the board.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR168-01-04 § 6.1, eff. March 1, 1993.

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