Virginia Bar Exam Info

Virginia Bar Exam Information

Virginia Bar ExamVirginia bar exam format, subjects, scoring, pass rates, dates, and bar review course options. Comprehensive resources to help pass the Virginia Bar Exam.

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Virginia Bar Exam Format


The Virginia Bar Exam is administered over two days.

Day 1

The written portion of the exam is administered on the first day of the Virginia bar exam. The written portion of the bar exam consists of the Virginia essay questions and short answer questions. You will have three hours to answer five essay questions. You will have three hours to answer 4 essay questions and 10 or 20 short answer questions.

Day 2

The Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) is administered on the second day of the Virginia bar exam. The MBE is a multiple-choice test containing 200 questions. The MBE is split into a morning and afternoon session. Each session consists of 100 questions. You have three hours to complete each session.

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Exam Dates

  • July 25-26, 2023
  • February 27-28, 2024

Virginia Bar Admissions

Virginia Board of Bar Examiners
2201 W. Broad Street, Suite 101
Richmond, VA 23220-2022

Virginia MPRE Score Requirement

Virginia requires bar exam applicants to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE”). You must score 85 or higher on the MPRE in order to pass in Virginia.

Scoring/Grading and Results

In order to pass the Virginia bar exam, you must score at least 140. This equates to 140, based on the MBE’s 200-point scale. The scores of the exam sections are weighted as follows: Virginia questions 60% and MBE 40%. Virginia makes bar exam results available approximately nine weeks after the exam.


An attorney having been admitted to practice law in another United States jurisdiction may apply for admission to practice law in Virginia without sitting for the Virginia bar exam if the other jurisdiction has reciprocity for Virginia lawyers. One of the requirements for such admission on motion is that the attorney from the reciprocal jurisdiction has at least five years experience in the full time practice of law.

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Virginia Bar Exam Subjects

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Virginia Bar Exam Statewide Pass Rates

Exam DateFirstRepeatTotal
September 202079%66%76%
July 202092%43%89%
February 202060%51%55%
July 201980%37%75%
February 201969%57%63%
July 201880%36%73%
February 201861%42%50%
July 201776%39%72%
February 201771%42%53%
July 201678%39%73%
February 201665%51%58%

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