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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.


To learn more about the upcoming Admissions and Orientation Ceremony, including its date and location, please see the Young Lawyers Conference upcoming meetings and events.  The First Day in Practice Seminar is held in conjunction with the Fall Admissions and Orientation Ceremony.


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.



Wednesday, June 5, 2019


This ceremony will be held at:


Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 North 3rd Street
Richmond, VA  23219
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10:30 a.m.       Registration opens


11:45 a.m.       New Lawyer Orientation


12:15 p.m.       Orientation Program Concludes


12:30 p.m.       Supreme Court of Virginia Convenes Special Admission Ceremony                     


2:00 p.m.         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.