Officials announce extra exam date for Virginia Bar Exam

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners announced Friday an extra exam date this summer, as well as additional items for potential test-takers to consider.

The new exam date is set for September 10 in Richmond. Any applicant who filed for the July 2020 date may elect to take the exam in July, or the September 10 essay only exam, or they may wait until February 2021 to take the traditional two-day exam. Carry forward fees have been waived.

For the Sept. 10 exam, officials say the following rules apply:

  • The exam will be a Virginia Essay exam only, consisting of 9 Virginia essays and 10 multiple-choice questions.
  • The exam score will be based solely on the raw points awarded on the Virginia Essay exam. A minimum score of 64 raw points, out of a possible 100 raw points, is a passing score.
  • The exam will not have an MBE component. (Option 2A and 2B applicants’ previous MBE scores will not be utilized for the September exam.)

In addition, the board announced the following additional protocols on Friday’s notice:

  • The July 2020 exam will remain a two-day exam, consisting of the Virginia Essay exam and the MBE. This exam may be taken in Roanoke.
  • You may elect to take the July or the September exam, but not both.
  • A Virginia Exam Election Survey will be emailed at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 13, 2020. Your Exam Election response must be received by 4 p.m. on July 16, 2020.
  • All applicants who timely filed an application for the July 2020 exam will be required to respond to the survey regarding which exam you are electing to take.
  • Applicants who have already requested to carry forward to February 2021, may instead elect to take the September 2020 one-day exam.
  • The fee required to update an application for the February 2021 Bar Exam has been waived.
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For more information about regulations and schedules for upcoming Virginia Bar Exams amid the coronavirus pandemic, visit the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners website.

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