Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
7/25/2021

Part V. Supervising Attorneys

18VAC35-20-120. Responsibility.

A. The supervising attorney is responsible for supervising and guiding the reader's education and for setting an example of the highest ethical and professional conduct. The supervising attorney has an obligation not only to instruct the reader, but to ensure that only fully competent readers sit for the bar examination.

B. In addition to any other requirements, a potential supervising attorney shall appear for an interview, provide any additional information or proof, or cooperate in any investigation, as may be directed by the board.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR168-01-04 § 5.1, eff. March 1, 1993.

18VAC35-20-130. Qualifications.

The potential supervising attorney must meet the qualifications established by the board. For the purposes of the rules and this chapter, the supervising attorney is required to remain an active member in good standing of the Virginia State Bar throughout the period of the supervision.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR168-01-04 § 5.2, eff. March 1, 1993.

18VAC35-20-140. Duties.

In addition to the "personal supervision" required, the supervising attorney's responsibilities shall include:

1. Choosing textbooks, casebooks, and resource materials for each course;

2. Guiding and assisting the reader's study of each subject, using the course descriptions as a basic outline of course content and emphasizing pertinent state law. Throughout the curriculum the supervising attorney shall emphasize legal ethics and professional responsibility issues which arise during the course of study of all subjects;

3. Assisting the reader in planning the sequence and timing of each prescribed course and of the fourth-year curriculum;

4. Evaluating the reader's progress;

5. Developing, administering, and grading the examinations;

6. Submitting the graded examinations and the required quarterly certificates to the board in the manner and within the time prescribed in this chapter;

7. Submitting the course grade to the board within 15 working days of the end of the quarter in which the course was completed;

8. Appearing before the board or its designees during the oral evaluation or at such other times as the board may direct; and

9. Providing the reader with an adequate work station and with reasonable access to an adequate law library.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR168-01-04 § 5.3, eff. March 1, 1993.

18VAC35-20-150. Examinations.

The supervising attorney is responsible for the content and administration of all examinations:

1. Although no substantive content is prescribed by the board, it is anticipated such an examination will test the reader's comprehension of the current subject matter, and the reader's understanding of the ethical, professional and practical aspects of practicing law;

2. The course descriptions in Part IX state the minimum level of knowledge the board expects a reader to obtain in each subject, and provide guidance to the supervising attorney in formulating examinations; and

3. The supervising attorney shall administer to the reader an examination covering the subject or subjects immediately following the completion of study of such subjects.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR168-01-04 § 5.4, eff. March 1, 1993.

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