Alright, take a deep breath and relax! You’ll be OK!
Here is what you need to know about the Virginia Bar Exam format. The Virginia Bar Exam is a two-day exam:
- Day one consists of nine essay questions along with ten short-answer/multiple choice questions.
- Day two consists of the MBE, which is 200 multiple choice questions spread evenly between the AM session and the PM session.
Day One of the Exam
Nine essay questions, which may be overwhelming, are split between the AM session and PM session. The five essay questions in the AM session need to be answered within three hours. The four essay questions along with the then short-answer/multiple choice questions in the PM session need to be answered within three hours. Based on a total of ten sections (or essays), that gives each applicant approximately 36 minutes to complete each section (or essay).
According to the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners (“VBBE”), the nine essay questions would test one or more of the following subject areas:
- Business Organizations
- Conflict of Laws
- Constitutional Law
- Creditor’s Rights
- Criminal Law
- Domestic Relations
- Federal Practice and Procedure
- Local Government Law
- Professional Responsibility
- Real Property
- Personal Property
- Uniform Commercial Code
- Virginia Civil Procedure (including appellate practice)
- Criminal Procedure (including appellate practice)
- Wills and Estate Administration
Phew (wipes off sweat)…That’s quite a few number of subjects to be prepare for!! Don’t worry…you’ll be surprised how quickly it will all come together. Now lets move on…
Day Two of the Exam
The MBE consists of a total of 200 multiple-choice questions that are split between the AM session and the PM session. Like day one, each session consists of three hours. Therefore, on average you should spend approximately 1 minute and 48 seconds per question. You will come to learn that on some questions you will probably spend less than 30 seconds, while on others you could potentially spend up to 2 minutes. A more in-depth discussion on what to expect on the MBE exam can be found here.
We know this is a lot to take in. But don’t worry…you’ll be fine.
By the way, in case you’re interested, here is a discussion on how the exam is graded and the score you need to achieve to pass.