Bar Exam Resources

General Application Information

Applications are due MAY 10 for the July 2017 Virginia Bar Exam.

The exam will be administered JULY 25-26, 2017.  

For details of the application process, please visit the website of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners.  

Information about the character and fitness screening is available here.


Recent VA Bar Exams Available to Download

Past Virginia bar exams are available to download from the law library in Scholarly Commons.   

The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners does not provide model answers. However, a limited number of "examples of good answers" from past exams are available on the Board of Bar Examiners website. Also, suggested answers are prepared each year by a consortium of Virginia law professors and are available through William and Mary

Contents and Scoring of the Exam

The essay portion of the Virginia Bar Exam (60% of your total bar exam score) tests the following subjects:

Agency  —  Conflict of Laws  —  Constitutional Law  —  Contracts  —  Business Organizations  —  Creditors' 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 and Estate Administration


The Multistate Bar Exam portion (40% of your total bar exam score) tests the following subjects:

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