Professional Guidelines

An agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia

The Virginia State Bar

Professional Guidelines

Home > Actions on Rule Changes and Legal Ethics Opinions > amendments to Virginia Rule of the Supreme Court, Rule 1A:8, Military Spouse Provisional Admission.

Proposed | amendments to Virginia Rule of the Supreme Court, Rule 1A:8, Military Spouse Provisional Admission. Comments due by February 22, 2021.

The Supreme Court of Virginia is seeking public comment on the provisional admittance of dependent spouses of active duty service members to the practice of law in the Commonwealth without examination.

The amendments would effect Rule 1A:8, Military Spouse Provisional Admission. The Court has made changes to the original proposed amendments to the Rule suggested by the Military Spouse J.D. Network in February, 2020.

The Court's letter and the redlined amendments may be found here.

Comments on the proposed amended Rule must be received by February 22, 2021, and must be forwarded to:

Douglas B. Robelen, Clerk Supreme Court of Virginia, via email (scvclerk@vacourts.gov) with the subject line "comment on Rule lA:8"

In the alternative, comments may be mailed to the Clerk's office at:
100 North Ninth Street, 5th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219


On June 9, 2020, by a vote of 11–2, the VSB Executive Committee voted to recommend revisions to Supreme Court of Virginia Rule 1A:8. The proposed amendments request the removal of Section 4, requiring supervision and direction of local counsel for attorneys barred under this rule. An additional amendment updates the CLE requirement in Section 2. (k). The proposed changes will be presented to the Supreme Court of Virginia for approval.

The Virginia State Bar is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia Part 1A, Rule 1A:8, Military Spouse Provisional Admission.

The proposed amendments to Rule 1A:8 request the removal of Section 4, requiring supervision and direction of local counsel for attorneys barred under this rule.

Inspection and Comment

The proposed rule amendments may be inspected below. If you cannot access the proposal online, email gould@vsb.org to ask that a copy be mailed to you. Any individual, business, or other entity may file or submit written comments in support of or in opposition to the proposed opinion with Karen A. Gould, Executive Director of the Virginia State Bar, not later than May 17, 2020. Comments may be submitted via email to publiccomment@vsb.org.

View proposed amendments (PDF)

Updated: November 30, 2020