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Virginia Bar Exam Information

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Virginia Bar Exam Overview

The Virginia Bar Examination is a two day exam consisting of the Virginia Essay Portion and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). The bar exam is offered twice yearly, once in February and once in July.

Virginia Essay Portion

The Virginia Essay Portion consists of 9 essay questions and 10 multiple choice questions. It is prepared and graded under the supervision of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners.

Areas of law that may be covered on this portion include the following: Agency, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Business Organizations, Creditor's Rights, Criminal Law, Domestic Relations, Equity, Evidence, Federal Practice & Procedure, Local Government Law, Professional Responsibility, Real & Personal Property, Sales, Taxation, Torts, Trusts, Uniform Commercial Code, Virginia Civil & Criminal Procedure (including appellate practice), & Wills & Estate Administration.

Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)

The MBE, which is administered on Wednesday, is developed and graded by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE).

This portion of the examination is an objective 6-hour examination containing 200 multiple-choice questions, which is divided into two 3-hour sessions during which 100 questions are administered.

The MBE tests 7 subjects: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law & Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts.


NCBE scores the MBE component of the exam.

A passing score of 140 is required in Virginia.

  • MBE: 40%
  • Virginia Essay: 60%

Required MPRE Score: 85

MPRE score must be acheived within 2 calendar years prior to or after passing the Virginia Bar Exam.


Results for the February exam are typically released in late-April.

Results for the July exam are typically released in late-October.


MBE Score Transfer

Virginia does not accept MBE scores transferred from other jurisdictions.

Admission on Motion

Virginia does allow for admission on motion.

Application for Admission on Motion fee: $1800.00

(On March 1, 2017, the Admission on Motion fee will increase to $2200.00)

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Virginia Board of Bar Examiners
2201 West Broad Street
Suite 101
Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804-367-0412
Fax: 804-367-0416


The Virginia Bar Exam is a 2-day exam administered twice a year.

Tue 5 Essays (3 hours) 4 Essays/10 Multiple Choice (3 hours)
Wed 100 MBE Questions (3 hours) 100 MBE Questions (3 hours)

Subjects Tested

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

Essay Subjects

  • Agency
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Business Organizations
  • Creditor's Rights
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Relations
  • Equity
  • Evidence
  • Federal Practice & Procedure
  • Local Government Law
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Real & Personal Property
  • Sales
  • Taxation
  • Torts
  • Trusts
  • UCC
  • VA Civil & Criminal Procedure (incl. appellate practice)
  • Wills & Estate Administration

Filing Deadlines & Fees

July 2019

Regular Filing: May 10, 2019

Regular Application fee: $800.00
Attorney Application fee: $800.00
Laptop Computer fee: $125.00

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