Bar Exam Resources Guide

This Guide was created to assist W&L law students in preparing for the bar exam.

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For additional information on print and electronic resources available to you and the information on this Guide, please contact a librarian at LawRef@wlu.edu

For additional information on W&L bar courses, the bar exam components, studying assistance and tips, creating a bar exam study schedule, etc., please contact Prof. Reid Flinn at FlinnCR@wlu.edu

For questions regarding the bar exam application process or materials, please contact Dean Trenya Mason at MasonT@wlu.edu

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Other Notaries on W&L's campus are listed online

The Virginia state bar exam will be administered on July 27-28, 2021.

Applications are due May 10, 2021.

For details on the application process and fees, please visit the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners (VBBE) website.

Information regarding the character and fitness screening is available online

Virginia Bar Exam Details

Virginia Bar Exam Schedule:

Tuesday AM: Essays (4 essays, 3 hours)

Tuesday PM: Essays (4 essays + 1 section of short-answer/multiple choice, 3 hours)

Wednesday AM: MBE (100 questions, 3 hours) 

Wednesday PM: MBE (100 questions, 3 hours)

 

The essay portion of the Virginia bar exam is 60% of your total bar exam score and tests the following subjects:

  • Agency
  • Business Organizations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Creditors’ Rights
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Relations
  • Equity
  • Evidence
  • Federal Practice and Procedure
  • Local Government Law
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Real and Personal Property
  • Sales
  • Taxation
  • Torts
  • Trusts
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Virginia Civil and Criminal Procedure (including Appellate Practice)
  • Wills and Estate Administration

The MBE portion of the Virginia bar exam is 40% of your total bar exam score and tests the following subjects:

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

Study Resources for the Virginia Bar Exam

There are multiple resources that provide sample questions and answers for the Virginia bar exam:

All previous Virginia essay questions are available online:

July Bar Exams         

February Bar Exams         

 

July 2019 -- Part One

July 2019 -- Part Two

July 2018 -- Part One

July 2018 -- Part Two

July 2017 -- Part One

July 2017 -- Part Two

July 2016 -- Part One

July 2016 -- Part Two

February 2019 -- Part One

February 2019 -- Part Two

February 2018 -- Part One

February 2018 -- Part Two

February 2017 -- Part One

February 2017 -- Part Two

February 2016 -- Part One

February 2016 -- Part Two

 

July 2015 -- Part One

July 2015 -- Part Two

July 2014 -- Part One

July 2014 -- Part Two

July 2013 -- Part One

February 2015 -- Part One

February 2015 -- Part Two

February 2014 -- Part One

February 2014 -- Part Two

February 2013 -- Part One

 

July 2013 -- Part Two February 2013 -- Part Two  
 
July 2012 -- Part One February 2012 -- Part One  
July 2012 -- Part Two February 2012 -- Part Two  
 
July 2011 -- Part One February 2011 -- Part One  
July 2011 -- Part Two February 2011 -- Part Two  
 
July 2010 -- Part One February 2010 -- Part One  
July 2010 -- Part Two February 2010 -- Part Two  
 
July 2009 -- Part One       February 2009 -- Part One  
July 2009 -- Part Two February 2009 -- Part Two  
 
July 2008 -- Part One February 2008 -- Part One  
July 2008 -- Part Two February 2008 -- Part Two  
 
July 2007 -- Part One February 2007 -- Part One  
July 2007 -- Part Two February 2007 -- Part Two  
 
July 2006 -- Part One February 2006 -- Part One  
July 2006 -- Part Two    February 2006 -- Part Two  
 
July 2005 -- Part One February 2005 -- Part One  
July 2005 -- Part Two February 2005 -- Part Two  
 
July 2004 -- Part One February 2004 -- Part One  
July 2004 -- Part Two February 2004 -- Part Two