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Young Lawyers Conference

A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Admission and Orientation Ceremony

A&OTwice a year, the YLC sponsors, organizes and stages a ceremony for all newly licensed attorneys where they are given the opportunity to appear before the Supreme Court of Virginia to be admitted to practice in the courts of Virginia.


Interested in participating as a volunteer?  Fill out the volunteer form to have someone contact you with more information and opportunities, or view committee descriptions (.pdf) to learn more.

Admission & Orientation Ceremony

December 7, 2022

12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 N. 3rd Street
Richmond, VA 23219

The Supreme Court of Virginia and the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference will be hosting the Admission & Orientation Ceremony for Attorneys qualifying to practice in the Supreme Court of Virginia and all the Courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Order of Events

12:30 p.m.: Registration Opens

1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.: New Lawyer Orientation

Lawyers and guests to be seated by 1:55 p.m.

2:00 p.m. The Supreme Court of Virginia Convenes Special Admission Ceremony

3:00 p.m.: The Court Declares Itself in Recess


Proper court attire is required and ALL cell phones must be turned off before entering the Ballroom. No tickets are required to attend.  There is no limit on the number of guests; however, the only guaranteed seating is for newly licensed attorneys.

When you arrive at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, promptly report to the Level II Ballroom and check in at the appropriate law school table.  There will be a table for each Virginia and DC law school and a separate table for out of state law schools and readers of law.  Each table will have a sign containing the name of the school(s) that table is handling.  If you attended an out of state law school, check in at the out of state table.  The check-in list for the out of state table is alphabetical by school.

We have arranged an area for your family and friends to take photographs.  This designated area will be in the lobby of the Convention Center.

Note:  It is recommended that young children NOT attend this ceremony.  Court is actually in session, and the Court frowns upon a lot of noise and/or people coming and going from the room. Young children tend to get quickly bored with the proceedings and have to be removed from the room; thus, the person responsible for the children ends up missing the ceremony.

Thank you for your cooperation, as it will help us ensure a successful program.

The GRCC Parking Deck is located at the corner of 3rd and Marshall Streets and is conveniently connected to the GRCC via the 3rd level of the deck.