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Qualifications for Admission to the Bar

The WVU College of Law curriculum is designed to prepare the student with a critical understanding of the law and give him or her the ability to practice anywhere in the United States. Graduates of the West Virginia University College of Law are employed throughout the country in challenging and satisfying areas of the legal profession.

Before commencing legal studies, students should familiarize themselves with the rules governing admission to the Bar in the states in which they intend to practice. State Bar admission information can usually be obtained from the Clerk of the Supreme Court or the Secretary of the Board of Law Examiners in the state or states in which the student desires admission. The Bars of some states encourage students to register with the State Board of Law Examiners before, or within thirty days of, beginning their legal studies. Often substantial penalties, in the form of increased fees or longer waiting periods, are assessed for failure to register.

Students desiring to take the West Virginia Bar Examination may obtain information by contacting the:

Board of Law Examiners
E-400 State Capitol
Charleston, WV 25305

or by visiting http://www.wvbar.org

Students are reminded that successful completion of a J.D. degree does not guarantee admission to the West Virginia State Bar.

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