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Preparing for the Bar Exam: VA

Virginia Bar Resources

Regent Law Faculty are absolutely committed to preparing students for their state's bar exam.

Members of the Law Faculty are very actively involved with the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners Professor’s meeting, held after every bar exam given in Feb. and July, and participate, along with professors of other schools, in drafting model answers for every exam.

This guide is designed to complement, and should not be used to replace a formal bar exam preparatory course or information posted for current students by the Office of Career & Alumni Services.

Additional information compiled by the Law Library about the Virginia Bar Exam is available on our Bar Preparation Resources page.

MBE Sample Questions (scroll to end)



Elective Courses that Support VA Essay Subjects
Conflict of Laws
Family Law
Local Government Law
Negotiable Instruments (UCC3)
Sales (UCC1)
Secured Transactions (UCC2)
Wills, Trusts & Estates

Military and Military Spouses

Because states recognize that service members and their families are required to move often and that this can be a hindrance to the practice of law by military spouses, many states admit spouses of active duty service members to the bar without additional examination even though they may not otherwise qualify for admission or reciprocity. Click below to read the pertinent rule for this state: 

Military Spouse Provisional Admission

Virginia Essay + MBE + MPRE

Official Information Subjects   Questions
Essay Exam
♦ Agency   
♦ Business Organizations   
♦ VA Civil Procedure  
♦ Conflict of Laws   
♦ Constitutional Law   
♦ Contracts   
♦ Creditors Rights   
♦ Criminal Law   
♦ VA Criminal Procedure   
♦ Domestic Relations  
♦ Equity  
♦ Evidence  
♦ Federal Practice and Procedure   
♦ Local Government Law   
♦ Professional Responsibility   
♦ Real and Personal Property   
♦ Sales  
♦ Taxation
♦ Torts  
♦ Trusts  
♦ Uniform Commercial Code   
♦ Wills and Estate Administration   
• 10 questions (9 essays, 1 Ten Question MC section).
• Two 3-hour sessions
Civil Procedure
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law & Procedure
Real Property
200 multiple choice
Questions evenly distributed among subjects
Two 3-hour sessions
Model Rules of Professional Conduct
Model Code of Judicial Conduct
60 multiple choice
2 hours