Applicants seeking admission to the Virginia State Bar, without taking the bar exam, must comply with reciprocity requirements to qualify.
The following states have reciprocity with Virginia: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virgin Islands, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Reciprocity Requirements Overview
In order to be eligible for admittance to the Virginia State Bar, without taking the bar examination, you must:
- Have practiced law for three of the last five years prior to your application
- Have certification from the Committee on Character and Fitness
- Have graduated from an ABA-approved law school