First Year in Practice Resources and Information

Virginia State Bar Information:

Young Lawyers Conference
All active and associate Virginia State Bar members in good standing age 36 and under, as well as members admitted to the Virginia State Bar as their initial bar for fewer than three years, are automatically members of the Young Lawyers Conference. The YLC is involved in several projects through which new Virginia lawyers can participate in the governance of the Virginia State Bar, serve the profession and the public, and enhance public awareness of the legal profession.

 

Mandatory Professionalism Course (pdf)
The Professionalism Course is mandatory within one year of licensing for all newly active attorneys in Virginia. There are eight courses offered each year across the commonwealth.

VSB Member Login
Register as a member of the bar (you’ll need your VSB ID number) for access to Fastcase legal research, check and certify your MCLE compliance information, edit your address of record, enroll in an online public directory, sign up for the VSB’s monthly email newsletter, and download forms, including dues statements, Consumer Real Estate Settlement Protection Act compliance forms, and more.

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Virginia Lawyer Referral Service
An inexpensive resource to advertise a new law practice and expand an existing client base, the VLRS is also a way to educate the public about their rights and establish a new client-attorney relationship.

Pro Bono Information
This site includes free and nominal fee training opportunities for public interest lawyers and pro bono attorneys as well as volunteer opportunities, and contact information for Virginia’s legal aid societies and public defender offices.

Professional Guidelines and Rules of Professional Conduct

Lawyers and Other People's Money: A Resource for Maintaining Trust Accounts

Fee Dispute Resolution Program
This site provides information on the Fee Dispute Resolution Program. Mediation and/or arbitration services are available to assist attorneys and their clients when they have disagreements over fees.

Virginia State Bar Publications for lawyers and the public

VSB Sections
There are twenty practice sections in the Virginia State Bar. Section membership is open to all members in good standing. Many sections also have law student and associate memberships. The sections are supported by dues that range from $10
to $35.

Virginia's Judicial System
The official website for the commonwealth's court systems. You can sign up for email alerts, file court documents, and search records.

 

Other Resources for Attorneys:

American Bar Association

Attorneys Liability Protection Society (ALPS)
ALPS is the Virginia State Bar-endorsed carrier of legal malpractice insurance.

A Guide To Purchasing Lawyer’s Professional Liability Insurance In Virginia (Word doc)
presented by the Virginia State Bar's Special Committee on Lawyer Malpractice Insurance to assist lawyers in purchasing professional liability insurance.
The legal malpractice insurance market is complex and offers many different options for Virginia lawyers. Exercise caution and good judgment when you compare your options to make sure that you and your client are going to be protected if, and when, a claim is presented. The Committee would like to acknowledge and thank ALPS for its assistance in preparing this Guide.

Lawyers Helping Lawyers
Confidential, nondisciplinary help for lawyers, judges, law students and their members with substance abuse or mental health problems.

Virginia CLE
Virginia CLE is the bar-affiliated provider of continuing legal education seminars and publications.

The New Lawyer's Edge
Virginia CLE offers many seminars and publications to develop and enhance the careers of new lawyers. 

The Virginia State Bar Members Insurance Center
The Virginia State Bar Members Insurance Center is a full-service consultant for health and other insurance benefits focused solely on Virginia State Bar members.

Checklist for Opening Your First Law Office

 

Conference of Local, Specialty and Statewide Bar Associations (CLBA)

There are more than one hundred thirty-two voluntary local and statewide bar associations in the state of Virginia representing various jurisdictions, practice types, and specialty groups. 

Updated: Feb 15, 2018