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July 13, 2020

Board of Bar Examiners Offers New Options Due to COVID

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners (VBBE) has authorized additional options for the July 2020 bar exam.

All timely-filed applicants for the July 2020 bar examination now have three options: the usual two-day exam in Roanoke on July 28 and 29; a one-day essay exam in Richmond on September 10, 2010; or the traditional two-day exam in Norfolk in February 2021. 

Every timely-filed applicant for the July 2020 exam may sit for either the July or September exam (but not both), or they may carry forward to the February 2021 exam. There is no fee or penalty for any of these three options. All timely-filed applicants for July 2020 may also opt to carry forward (without fee) to September 10, 2020, or to February 2021.  

The July 2020 Virginia bar exam will take place as planned for those applicants who have been planning for it and elect to take it in person at three locations in Roanoke. It will consist of the Virginia essay exam (day 1), and the MBE (day 2).

The September 10, 2020 exam will be in person in Richmond and will be a one day, Virginia essay exam.  There will be no MBE component for this exam.

All registered July bar applicants will receive an email by 4:00 p.m. today, July 13, with this notice and further details.

Details are posted on the VBBE's website here.

Updated: Jul 13, 2020