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West Virginia Bar Exam Information

Board of Law Examiners
City Senter East, Suite 1200B

4700 MacCorkle Ave, SE

910 Quarrier Street - Suite 212
Charleston, WV 25304
Telephone: (304) 558-7815

Board of Law Examiners Website

West Virginia Bar Exam Dates

2013: February 26-27; July 30-31

West Virginia Bar Exam Format and Administration

The West Virginia bar exam is a two day exam.  On day one, two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions and six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions are given.  On day two, the Multistate Bar Exam is administered. Click here for more information about AmeriBar's Multistate Bar Review Course.

West Virginia Bar Exam Scoring Information

Scores are combined.  A 270 (scaled) is a passing score.

MPRE Requirements

In addition to successfully passing the West Virginia Bar Exam, an applicant must attain a score of 75 on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination.  The MPRE must be taken within 25 months of application for admission.  Click here for more information about AmeriBar's Free Online MPRE Review Course.

West Virginia Bar Exam Pass Percentage

West Virginia Bar Exam Statewide Pass Percentage

Exam Date

First

Repeat

Total

July 2011

82%

32%

75%

February 2011

84%

58%

72%

July 2010

79%

31%

71%

February 2010

66%

32%

49%

July 2009

81%

52%

73%

February 2009

83%

71%

73%

July 2008

79%

59%

72%

February 2008

80%

56%

57%

July 2007

75%

51%

68%

February 2007

56%

53%

53%

West Virginia Bar Exam Essay Subjects

The Multistate Essay Examination is a three hour exam administered during the West Virginia Bar Exam.  Six essay questions are to be answered according to the laws of West Virginia.  Questions on the MEE will be taken from at least six of the subjects listed below.  Some questions may contain issues in more than one subject.

Agency and Partnership
Commercial Paper (Negotiable Instruments)
Conflict of Laws
Corporations and Limited Liability Companies
Decedents' Estates
Family Law
Federal Civil Procedure
Sales
Secured Transactions
Trusts and Future Interests

West Virginia Bar Exam Fees

Schedule of Fees.

West Virginia Bar Exam - Results

The latest West Virginia Bar Exam results

West Virginia Bar Exam - MBE Reciprocity

Applicants may use MBE score if taken in previous 13 months and applicant passed the exam.

West Virginia Bar Reciprocity

Attorneys who have actively practiced for five of the last seven years may be eligible to apply for admission to practice in West Virginia by reciprocity (Rule 4.0) if also admitted to practice in one of the following jurisdictions (please note that this list is subject to change):
 

Alabama
Arizona
Colorado
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
New York

North Dakota
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Washington
Wisconsin

 

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