Bar Exam Resources Guide

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

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The Virginia state bar exam will be administered on July 26-27, 2022.

Applications are due May 10, 2022.

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:

  • Past Virginia bar exams are available to download from the W&L Law Scholarly Commons
  • The VBBE does not provide model answers per se but they do provide “Example Ten-Point Answers” from past exams on their website. 
  • The William & Mary Law School also compiles suggested answers that have been prepared by a consortium of Virginia law professors. These may be found on the William & Mary Law School website.