Virginia State Bar

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Corporate Counsel

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

VSB Corporate Counsel Award

VSB Corporate Counsel Award:  Award for recent law graduate planning to go in-house and sit for the Virginia Bar Exam.

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This initiative offers a monetary award to a graduating law student who intends to work as an in-house corporate counsel and to sit for the Virginia Bar Exam that will cover the full expenses of the VBBE application, including the Character & Fitness portion, and the first year’s VSB membership dues.  Anyone who has already accepted an offer of an employment that includes a comparable benefit is not eligible for the award.  Resumes, transcripts, GPAs, etc. will not be solicited or accepted from applicants, and the selection of the winner will be made by the Corporate Counsel Section solely on the basis of a 300-word or less essay that answers the following question:

“Presuming you have landed your ideal in-house corporate legal job, how do you now improve the practice of law in Virginia?”

The award will be paid by check to the recipient from the Virginia State Bar, contingent upon his/her passing of the Virginia Bar Exam.  The check will be written for the sum of these expenses (subject to change per scheduling period):

-  Original Bar Exam Application $475.00

-  Character & Fitness Questionnaire $475.00

-  VSB First Year Member Dues $250.00

The award will be open to law students who expect to sit for either the February or July bar examinations.

Essays should be submitted, along with the applicant’s name and contact information, via email to vsbsections@vsb.org, by the application deadline set by Virginia Board of Bar Examiners for the exam for which the applicant is sitting. Please include “Corporate Counsel Award” in the subject line.

July Bar Exam takers:  A winner will be announced in July, with the scholarship being paid in late October, contingent upon the recipient’s passing of the Virginia Bar Exam.

February Bar Exam takers:  A winner will be announced in February, with the scholarship being paid in late April, contingent upon the recipient’s passing of the Virginia Bar Exam.

The award recipient will be announced/showcased on the VSB website and in eblasts to section members.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact the section’s liaison at mralston@vsb.org.