West Virginia Bar Exam

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West Virginia Board of Law Examiners

City Center East
Suite 1200 B
4700 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Telephone: (304) 558-7815

Website: www.state.wv.us/wvsca


BAR EXAM FORMAT

The West Virginia Bar Exam is a 2-day exam.

Day 1: Two Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions and six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions.

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200 question, multiple-choice exam.


SUBJECTS TESTED


MBE Subjects: 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts

MEE/West Virginia Essay Subjects:

  • Business Associations (Agency & Partnership, Corporations & LLCs)
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates, Trusts & future Interests)
  • Uniform Commercial Code (Articles 3 and 9)

MEE questions are to be answered according to the laws of the state of West Virginia

Multistate Performance Test: 

“Closed universe” practical problem using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.


BAR EXAM DATES

The West Virginia Bar Exam is administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July.

2014 Winter:  February 25 and 26

2014 Summer: July 29 and 30


FILING FEES AND DEADLINES

Applications should be filed by November 1st for the February exam and by April 1st for the July exam. Applications accepted (with late fee of $200) until the final deadline of December 1st for February and May 1st for July.

Application packet fee: $40
Student application filing fee: $400
Attorney application fee: $600
Reciprocity application fee: $1,500

In addition to these fees, there is an NCBE Character Report fee.


BAR EXAM FILING ADVICE

Take Appropriate Steps To Ensure Timely Delivery: Your application is one of thousands that will be sent to the same office address. Use Certified Mail with Return Receipt Requested or other appropriate verifiable means (e.g., FedEx, UPS) when sending all correspondence to the bar examiners so that you have proof regarding when your application was postmarked, when it arrived and who received it.  Check with the state bar examiner’s office before sending your application regarding what types of delivery they will accept.

Payment:  Application fees are generally non-refundable. Verify acceptable forms of payment with your state (i.e., no personal checks).  If you apply to take the bar exam, pay all fees and subsequently withdraw, you must contact the Bar Examiners. You may have to submit a new application, a new filing fee and new copies of related documents in order to sit for the exam at a future date.

Employment History:  Many states’ bar applications require information regarding your past employment since the age of 18 (i.e., name and address of employer, reason for leaving). Begin compiling a list of employers and their current addresses so that you have this information for your application.

Character References:  Many states’ bar applications require a list of persons who can attest to your good character. Begin compiling a list of non-relatives who have known you for at least two (2) years who can vouch for your integrity.

Driver Abstracts:  Some bar applications require you to produce a Driver’s Abstract from all states in which you were licenced to drive. Contact the Division of Motor Vehicles in each state and request the most complete abstract of your driving record that is available.

Fingerprints:  In some states you must submit your fingerprints on a special card with your exam application.   Have your fingerprints rolled by a professional law enforcement officer onto the forms provided by the bar examiners.


GRADING AND RESULTS

All answers to the MPT and the MEE will be graded and the scores combined. The total MPT/MEE raw score will be scaled and combined with the MBE scaled score to determine if an applicant has achieved a passing score of 270. Results are released approximately 6-8 weeks after the exam.


RECIPROCITY

Admission on Motion: An applicant may be admitted without exam from jurisdictions with admission standards substantially equivalent to those of West Virginia. Applicant must have practiced for 5 of the 7 years immediately preceding application, passed MPRE and be a graduate of an ABA credited law school.

Acceptance of MBE Score: An applicant may transfer MBE scaled score from a previous successful exam taken within the 13 months of present exam.


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