Title of Bar Examiner

2201 West Broad Street
Suite 101
Richmond, VA 23220


The Virginia Bar Exam takes place over 2-days and covers 16 topics


Virginia Bar Exam Segment Breakdown

The Virginia Bar Exam is made up of the following exam segments:

  • 9 essays administered during the first day of the exam
  • 10 short answers
  • 200 multiple choice questions, taking place the Wednesday of the exam. Click here for a complete study guide.

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When is the Exam Administered?

  • February 23 – 24, 2016
  • July 26 – 27, 2016


Topics Covered by the Virginia Bar Exam

The Virginia Bar Exam currently covers 16 topics. These topics are tested on the essay and short answer portions of the exam.

  1. Agency
  2. Business Organizations
  3. Criminal Law
  4. Conflict of Laws
  5. Creditor’s Rights
  6. Domestic Relations
  7. Equity Sales Procedure (including Contracts Evidence Taxation appellate practice)
  8. Federal Practice and Procedure
  9. Local Government Law
  10. Professional Responsibility
  11. Uniform Commercial Code
  12. Real and Personal Property
  13. Torts
  14. Trusts
  15. Virginia Civil and Criminal Constitutional Law
  16. Wills and Estate Administration 

Source: https://barexam.virginia.gov/misc/resources/rules.html


Recent Bar Pass Rates and Content Trends

On average over 1,869 people take the Virginia bar exam each year. The majority of people take the Bar exam in July, having just graduated from law school. Those that do not pass the July bar, will often retake in February.

The following charts show pass rates by year, and the number of students taking in both February and July.

February Bar Exam Breakdown:

On average, the February bar has a lower number of students taking (as it is made up of primarily of people who graduated during December), or people who are retaking the bar.

February 2015 Bar Exam Results - Virginia

July Bar Exam Breakdown

July 2015 Bar Exam Results - Virginia

How have Schools performed on the Virginia bar?

To see how schools have performed in Virginia, click here: https://www.barexamstats.com/tools-to-analyze-law-schools/aba-bar-pass-rate-tool/


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