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3/3/2024

Part III. Attachments Required of All Applicants

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.

18VAC35-10-100. Character and fitness investigation.

Every applicant for a Virginia bar examination must have produced satisfactory evidence that he meets the requirements of these rules.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-3922 and 54.1-3925.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR168-01-02 § 3.2, eff. October 1, 1993.

18VAC35-10-110. Fingerprints.

Each applicant must file with his Application for Examination one set clear and distinct fingerprints, making certain that all the personal history data (height, weight, age, etc.) is listed in the space provided on the fingerprint card, and that the card is signed both by the applicant and the person taking the fingerprints. These fingerprints must be taken by an authorized police official on the form prescribed by the Secretary of the board, a form used by authorized police officials, or the form for an "Applicant" by the U.S. Government Printing Office (Form 1-391).

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-3922 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR168-01-02 § 3.3, eff. October 1, 1993.

18VAC35-10-120. Photographs.

Each applicant for examination must attach to the proper application form two identical unmounted, passport-style photographs of himself taken within the preceding twelve months. Snapshots will not be accepted.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-3922 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR168-01-02 § 3.4, eff. October 1, 1993.

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