Ultimate Guide to West Virginia State Bar Exam

Your complete guide to West Virginia bar exam prep.

Pass Rates · Bar Review Courses · Format · Essay Topics · Schedule · Dates · Location · Application Fees & Deadlines · What to Bring · Scores & Grading · Results · Reciprocity · Law Schools · Groups · Other Resources

*Update June 2020

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West Virginia State Bar Exam | Basic Information

The West Virginia State Bar Association was formed in 1947. There are about 9,000 attorneys and legal professionals licensed with the West Virginia State Bar. It is mandatory to be a member of this bar association to practice in the State of West Virginia.

West Virginia is one of 30+ states that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). West Virginia first administered the UBE in July 2017.

West Virginia State Bar Exam Pass Rates

February 2020 (99 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 37%
First-Time Pass Rate: unknown
Repeat Pass Rate: unknown

February 2019 (74 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 46%
First-Time Pass Rate: 31%
Repeat Pass Rate: 49%

July 2019 (168 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 67%
First-Time Pass Rate: 72%
Repeat Pass Rate: 36%

July 2018 (156 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 62%
First-Time Pass Rate: 68%
Repeat Pass Rate: 29%

West Virginia Bar Review Courses

Compare top West Virginia bar exam prep courses from Crushendo, Barbri, Themis, Kaplan, AmeriBar, BarMax, AdaptiBar, and Quimbee.

Crushendo Barbri Themis Kaplan AmeriBar BarMax AdaptiBar Quimbee
Cost $240-790 $1,999-6,295 $2,395 $2,899-3,999 $995-2,595 $999-1,899 $395-1,065 $499-999
MBE
MEE
MPT
MPRE
NCBE Questions 2,000+ 100+ Unknown 1,200+ 1,400+ 1,905+ 1,700+ 1,830+
Audio Flashcards
250+ Mnemonics
Facebook Rating 5/5 Disabled 4.8/5 Disabled Disabled 5/5 4.7/5 Disabled
Access Period Lifetime 3 months 4 months 4 months Up to 3 years Lifetime 5-7 months 5 months
Financing 3 payments $250 registration
Founded 2017 1974 2008 1938 1999 2010 2003 2007
Phone (385) 482-1776 (888) 322-7274 (888) 843-6476 (626) 390-7170 (877) 942-2763 (800) 529-2651 (877) 466-1250 N/A

Crushendo’s written and audio outlines utilize 250+ proprietary mnemonics to help you memorize everything you need to know to pass the bar exam on your first try.

Crushendo’s UBE Suite costs $790 and includes 2,000+ official questions from the NCBE.

Crushendo offers lifetime access to its bar exam prep products.

Adam Balinski founded Crushendo Bar Review in 2017 (read the founding story here).

The Harcourt publishing company founded Barbri in 1974 when it acquired two bar review programs. Since its founding Barbri has been owned by large firms, including Thomson Reuters and Leeds Equity Partners.

Barbri products have been used by more than a million law school students. In the last 20 years Barbri has settled multiple antitrust lawsuits.

Barbri’s bar prep programs cost $2,495-4,095 and include 100+ official NCBE questions from past bar exams.

Barbri offers access to its online products for three months.

Themis Bar Review is based in Chicago and was founded in 2008.

Themis publishes its pass rates publicly on its website.

Themis bar prep programs cost $1,595-2,695 and include an unknown amount of NCBE questions.

Themis offers access to its online products for four months.

Stanley Kaplan founded Kaplan, Inc. in 1938.

Kaplan jumped into the bar review space in 2006 when it acquired PMBR, a company that provides test prep for the MBE. In 2008 Kaplan expanded its bar review offerings.

Kaplan’s bar prep programs cost $2,299-3,999 and include 1,200+ NCBE questions.

Kaplan offers access to its online products for four months.

Alexander Nakis founded AmeriBar in 1999. It’s headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida.

AmeriBar’s bar exam prep programs cost $895-2,545 and include 1,400+ NCBE questions.

AmeriBar offers access to its online products for up to three years.

Michael Ghaffary and Mehran Ebadolahi founded BarMax in 2010.

BarMax’s bar exam prep programs cost $699-1,499 and include 1,905+ NCBE questions.

BarMax offers lifetime access to its online products.

Tarek Fadel founded AdaptiBar in 2003.

AdaptiBar’s bar exam prep programs cost $395-1,065 and include up to 1,700+ NCBE questions.

AdaptiBar offers access to its online products for 5-7 months.

Matt Sellers founded Quimbee in 2007.

Quimbee’s bar prep programs cost $499-999 and include up to 1,830+ NCBE questions.

Quimbee offers access to its online products for 5 months.

West Virginia Bar Exam Format

What’s the format of the UBE?

The UBE is administered twice each year in West Virginia (in February and July). The examination is administered over two days in four, three-hour sessions. The UBE has three parts: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

MBE

The MBE is a six-hour test and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test your understanding across seven subjects. Your MBE score comprises 50% of your overall UBE score.

Watch Crushendo’s free MBE tips video.

MEE

The MEE consists of six 30-minute legal essays. The MEE makes up 30% of your score.

Essay topics may include the following: Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Property, Secured Transactions, Torts, Trusts, Unincorporated Business Entities, Wills and Estates, etc.

Crushendo offers the most recent MEE questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used. Watch Crushendo’s free MEE tips video.

MPT

The MPT consists of two 90-minute tasks where you analyze and apply laws to specific scenarios. The MPT makes up 20% of your score. Crushendo offers the most recent MPT questions and includes the point sheets that the graders used. Watch Crushendo’s free MPT tips video.

What’s the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination?

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) tests your understanding of established standards of conduct for lawyers. The MPRE is administered three times each year (in March, August, and November). The test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and is two hours long. Check out this MPRE Tips video!

Upcoming Bar Exam Schedule, Dates, Location

Schedule

Morning Afternoon
Day 1 MPT (3 hours) MEE (3 hours)
Day 2 MBE (3 hours) MBE (3 hours)

Dates

  • February 23-24, 2021
  • July 27-28, 2021
  • February 22-23, 2022
  • July 26-27, 2022
  • February 21-22, 2023
  • July 25-26, 2023

Location

West Virginia Bar Exam Application

Are you interested in taking the West Virginia State bar exam? Here’s some basic information on applying to take the West Virginia bar exam.

The West Virginia Bar application fee for most takers is $500. There is a $200 late filing fee.

*Visit the West Virginia State Bar Admission Office’s website for more information.

If you desire to take the bar exam in February, the filing deadline is November 1. If the application is submitted between November 1 and December 1, there is a $200 late fee. December 1 is the final deadline. If you want to take the July bar exam, the filing deadline is April 1. If the application is submitted between April 1 and May 1, there is a $200 late fee. May 1 is the final deadline.

In addition to passing the West Virginia bar exam with a score of at least 270, there are several requirements that must be met in order to be admitted as an attorney in West Virginia, including:

  1. Score 80 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) within the accepted time frame.
  2. Character and Fitness Review

West Virginia State Bar Admissions Office

Physical address:

Law Examiners Board
4700 MacCorkle Ave SE # 1200B
Charleston, WV 25304

Phone number: (304) 558-7815

West Virginia Bar Exam: What to Bring

What to bring

  • Your current driver’s license.
  • Your Bar Examination Identification & Certification Card that has your photo, NCBE number, and examinee number.

Important notes

  • You need to have these items with you for each of the four testing sessions.
  • Laptop testers should not bring their laptop in a case or bag.

Prohibited items

  • Any item that can connect to the internet
  • Any item that can record audio or video
  • Backpacks
  • Books
  • Briefcases
  • Calculators
  • Cameras
  • Notes
  • Phones
  • Food or drink
  • Purses
  • Radios
  • Rulers
  • Scratch papers
  • Study materials

West Virginia Bar Exam Scores and Grading

A passing score for the UBE in West Virginia is 270/400. Scores of the three tests comprising the UBE are weighted as follows:

  • MBE = 50% of your total UBE score
  • MEE = 30%
  • MPT = 20%

*A passing score for the MPRE in West Virginia is 80/150.

West Virginia Bar Review Course

Crushendo’s comprehensive UBE Suite comes with everything you need to crush the West Virginia bar exam.

  • MBE, MEE, MPT, and MPRE Prep
  • 250+ Proprietary Mnemonics
  • 2,000+ Licensed NCBE Questions
  • Audio Flashcards
  • Lifetime Access

West Virginia Bar Exam Results

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my West Virginia bar exam results released?

West Virginia bar exam results are usually posted eight to nine weeks after the exam date. February bar exam results are usually posted in April. July bar exam results are usually posted in September.

Can I see my West Virginia bar exam score?

You may be able to receive an unofficial copy of your bar exam if you send a request to the bar examination office.

Can I appeal to have my West Virginia bar exam re-graded?

No.

How many times can I take the bar exam in West Virginia?

You can retake the UBE four times. After that, you need permission from the Board.

West Virginia Bar Exam Reciprocity

Applicants seeking admission to the West Virginia State Bar, without taking the bar exam, must comply with Reciprocity Requirements.

If you are a part of a bar in any of the following states or jurisdictions, you are able to have reciprocity with the state of West Virginia: Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

In order to be eligible for admittance to the West Virginia State Bar, without taking the bar examination, you must:

  • Show proof of being admitted to the bar in another state
  • Have proof of good standing in the bar in another state
  • Have proof of active legal standing in at least five of the last seven years

Law Schools in West Virginia

Here’s a list of law schools in West Virginia.

West Virginia University College of Law

  • Founded: 1878
  • Located: Morgantown, WV
  • Enrollment: about 300
  • Tuition Cost: $40,248 View tuition breakdown
  • Bar Passage Rate: 71%
  • ABA Accredited: Yes
  • Website: law.wvu.edu