Virginia Admission Laws

Rules on admission to the Virginia Bar are dealt under Article four, Section 54.1-3925 et seq.  The age requirement for an applicant to get admission to the Virginia Bar is eighteen years, pursuant to Section 54.1-3925.1.  Before an applicant takes an examination, s/he must furnish proof pertaining to his/her legal education under Section 54.1-3926.  An applicant should have completed all degree requirements from a law school approved by the American Bar Association or hold a bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university and studied law for three years, consisting of not less than eighteen hours per week for at least forty weeks per year in the office of an attorney practicing in this State.  As prescribed under Section 54.1-3931, the Supreme Court will have discretionary power to grant a certificate without written examination to any attorney who has been admitted to practice law in any other jurisdiction of the United States for at least five years.  Any applicant for admission to the Bar of Virginia State should pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination with a scaled score of 85 or higher.  S/he must also pass the Multistate Bar Examination and other essay examinations set forth by the authorities.  According to Mandatory Continuing Law Examination Rule 102, any attorney practicing law in this state should complete a minimum of twelve credit hours of approved continuing legal education courses, out of which at least two hours should be in the area of legal ethics or professionalism.

Va. Code Ann. § 54.1-3925.1

§ 54.1-3925.1.  Proof of character and fitness required of applicant; character and fitness committee; fees
A. Before issuing to any applicant a license or certificate to practice law in Virginia, the Board shall have found from satisfactory evidence produced by the applicant in such form as the Board may require that the applicant is a person of honest demeanor and good moral character, is over the age of eighteen and possesses the requisite fitness to perform the obligations and responsibilities of a practicing attorney at law.

Va. Code Ann. § 54.1-3926
§ 54.1-3926.  Preliminary proof of education required of applicant
Before an applicant will be permitted to take any examination under this article the applicant shall furnish to the Board satisfactory evidence that he has:
1. Completed all degree requirements from a law school approved by the American Bar Association or the Board.
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Va. Sup. Ct. R. pt. 6, sec. IV, 13

2. Has taken the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and received a scaled score of 85 or higher.

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Va. Code Ann. § 54.1-3931

§ 54.1-3931.  Granting certificates without examination; law professors
The Supreme Court shall have discretion to grant a certificate without examination to any attorney who has been admitted to practice law before the court of last resort of any state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia for at least five years. The certificate shall entitle the holder, after paying his license tax, to practice in the courts of this Commonwealth.

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Va. Mandatory CLE Reg. R. 102

Rule 102. Requirements and Computations.
(a) Each active member, other than a newly-admitted member as defined in Regulation 101, shall complete, during each completion period in which he or she is an active member for any part thereof, a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours of approved continuing legal education courses, of which at least two (2) hours shall be in the area of legal ethics or professionalism, by obtaining credit in the manner hereinafter provided, unless expressly exempted therefrom pursuant to the provisions of Regulation 110; provided, however, that for the completion period of July 1, 2001 to October 31, 2002 a minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours of approved continuing legal education courses, of which at least (2) hours shall be in the area of legal ethics or professionalism shall be required.

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