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

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. Leila Lawlor at

For questions regarding the bar exam application process or materials, please contact Dean Maria Saez Tatman at

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Sue Coffey, Lewis Hall 233A (540-458-8981 or

Brittany Fix, Lewis Hall 348 (540-458-8550 or

Victoria Johnston, Lewis Hall 348 (540-458-8544 or

Brianne Kleinert, Lewis Hall 245 (540-458-8567 or

Emma Martone, Lewis Hall 324 (540-458-8541 or

Sheryl Salm, Lewis Hall 105 (540-458-8482 or

Milea Webb, Lewis Hall 322 (540-458-8584 or

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

 The Virginia state bar exam will be administered on July 30-31, 2024.

 Applications are due May 10, 2024.

 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 (5 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 may test the following subjects:

  • Business Organizations
  • Contracts
  • Creditors’ Rights
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Relations
  • Evidence
  • Federal Practice and Procedure
  • Local Government Law
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Real and Personal Property
  • Torts
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Virginia Civil and Criminal Procedure (including appellate practice)
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates

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: