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

*Updated February 2024

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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 40+ jurisdictions that have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). West Virginia first administered the UBE in July 2017.

West Virginia State Bar Exam Pass Rates

July 2023 (119 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 72%
First-Time Pass Rate: 76%
Repeat Pass Rate: 43%

February 2023 (55 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 55%
First-Time Pass Rate: 50%
Repeat Pass Rate: 56%

February 2022 (66 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 56%
First-Time Pass Rate: 73%
Repeat Pass Rate: 43%

July 2021 (133 takers)

Overall Pass Rate: 58%
First-Time Pass Rate: 63%
Repeat Pass Rate: 38%

West Virginia Bar Review Courses

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NCBE Questions 1,750+ 100+ 1,350+ 1,200+ 1,400+ 1,700+
Audio Flashcards
250+ Mnemonics
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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).


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.


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.


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


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


  • July 30–31, 2024
  • February 25–26, 2025


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.

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, and MPT Prep
  • 250+ Proprietary Mnemonics
  • 1,750+ Licensed NCBE Questions
  • Audio Attack Outlines
  • Audio Flashcards
  • Lifetime Access

Frequently Asked Questions

When are my West Virginia bar exam results released?

*February 2022 bar exam results/pass list.

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?


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