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