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Virginia Board of Bar Examiners

Aug 30, 2013

Former Soviet country studies Virginia bar exam

ROANOKE — As more than 1,600 candidates sat down for the Virginia bar exam in Roanoke this summer, a group of observers from an Eastern European nation were closely watching the testing process. As the now-independent former Soviet republic of Georgia works to stabilize a democratic government, officials in its legal system sought to improve […]

Jul 19, 2013

Wanted: A way to reverse problem with lawyers’ writing

As if bar candidates cramming legal knowledge didn’t have enough to worry about with the looming Virginia bar examination, word is out that bar examiners have been casting a critical eye on candidates’ writing ability. The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners is just one group of legal professionals complaining about lawyers’ writing skills, or lack […]

Jun 21, 2013

New rules could boost lawyer applications

State officials are bracing for a flood of new applications if the Supreme Court of Virginia approves relaxed standards for allowing out-of-state lawyers to practice in Virginia. Northern Virginia leaders say the rule changes proposed by the court would throw out a welcome mat for large law firms looking for a lower cost location close […]

Oct 30, 2012

July 2012 Virginia Bar Exam Results

Editor’s Note: Below are the names of the successful candidates who sat for the July 2012 Virginia bar examination. Of the 1,533 applicants who took the exam, 1,136 passed, for a pass rate of 74.1 percent. Congratulations! A Nael Antar Abouzaki, Glen Allen; Jonathan Robert Abrams, Arlington; Alice Yaa Abrokwa, Richmond; Michael James Adams, Arlington; […]

Oct 29, 2012

Bar Exam passers become Virginia’s newest lawyers

Virginia welcomes 1,076 new lawyers after today’s admission ceremony. The number reflects those who successfully completed the July 2012 Virginia Bar Exam and met the licensing requirements needed to be sworn in this morning at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. According to the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners, the overall pass rate for all applicants […]

Nov 1, 2010

Law schools jostle for bar-pass rankings

The University of Virginia law school again led the way in its Virginia bar pass rate for the July exam, but only by a slim margin. U.Va.’s overall bar pass rate was 89.8 percent, with William & Mary’s law school close behind at 89.7 percent. In fact, William & Mary topped U.Va. for first-time test […]

Aug 5, 2010

Bar admission rules may crimp law firm moves into NoVa

Virginia is losing out as a location for Washington-based law firms because of its restrictive rules for lawyer bar admission, according to a business representative and officials in Arlington County. A recent county economic development report claims major Washington law firms refuse to take the “recruitment risk” of being unable to attract top talent by […]

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