West Virginia Bar Exam Information

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West Virginia Bar Exam Format

The examiners have adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”).The West Virginia Bar Exam is administered over two days.

Day 1

The written portion is administered on the first day of the West Virginia bar exam. The written portion of the bar exam consists of the Multistate Performance Test (“MPT”) and the Multistate Essay Exam (“MEE”). You will have three hours to answer two MPT questions. You will have three hours to answer six MEE questions.

Day 2

The Multistate Bar Exam (“MBE”) is administered on the second day of the West 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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  1. West Virginia Bar Review Course – AmeriBar has been helping students pass the West Virginia bar exam for over 15 years.
  2. MBEQuestionBank.com  – Online question bank with over 2500 simulated MBE questions.
  3. WestVirginiaBarExam.com – Detailed Information and resources for West Virginia bar exam takers.

Exam Dates

  • July 30-31, 2019
  • February 25-26, 2020
  • July 28-29, 2020
  • February 23-24, 2021

West Virginia Bar Admissions

West Virginia Board of Law Examiners
City Center East, Suite 1200 B
4700 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Charleston, WV 25304

West Virginia MPRE Score Requirement

West Virginia requires bar exam applicants to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (“MPRE”). You must score 80 or higher on the MPRE in order to pass in West Virginia.

Scoring/Grading and Results

In order to pass the West Virginia bar exam, you must score at least 270. This equates to 135, based on the MBE’s 200-point scale. The scores of the exam sections are weighted as follows: MPT 20%, MEE 30%, and MBE 50%. West Virginia makes bar exam results available approximately two months after the exam.

Reciprocity

An attorney from another state can qualify for admission to practice law in West Virginia (“Admission”) without taking the West Virginia bar exam, if: 1) the attorney intends to practice law there; and 2) the attorney fulfills all of the eligibility requirements. Under certain circumstances, West Virginia allows for Admission of resident law professors. West Virginia allows reciprocity based on a UBE score of 270 attained in some other UBE jurisdiction within the prior 3 years.

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West Virginia Bar Exam Subjects

West Virginia Essay Subjects

  • Business Associations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Family Law
  • Trusts, Wills, and Estates
  • UCC Article 2 – Secured Transactions
  • All MBE Subjects

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts and Sales
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Property
  • Torts
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West Virginia Bar Exam Statewide Pass Rates

Exam DateFirstRepeatTotal
July 201776%29%70%
February 201725%54%52%
July 201676%39%71%
February 201664%35%50%
July 201576%26%68%
February 201584%48%68%
July 201480%25%74%
February 201491%47%70%
July 201378%49%71%
February 201372%51%62%

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