West Virginia Judiciary

Board of Law Examiners

Bar Examination Application Instructions

FIRST: Read and familiarize yourself with the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law in West Virginia. These Rules govern all applications to practice law in West Virginia, and all applicants are charged with knowledge of the Rules’ requirements.

SECOND: Go to www.ncbex.org/ea — the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners — and complete the West Virginia-specific character and fitness application online. Applications which are handwritten or not completed online will be rejected. Print out one original copy of the completed NCBE application and confirm that a bar code appears at the bottom. Make a copy of the completed application to keep for your records.

THIRD: Follow the NCBE’s instructions for uploading your application, required documents, and submitting payment. This fee is separate from and additional to the West Virginia bar application fee payable to the Board of Law Examiners. (A link to the West Virginia bar application filing fee schedule is provided in Step Four.) Please do not send copies of bar applications you have filed in other jurisdictions to NCBE; they should only be sent to the West Virginia Board of Law Examiners.

FOURTH: Mail the following materials to the West Virginia Board of Law Examiners at:

City Center East, Suite 1200 B
4700 MacCorkle Ave., SE
Charleston, WV 25304

Do NOT include staples, post-it notes, and/or exhibit tabs with your application. Application materials are scanned upon receipt and using such items may cause your application to be torn or shredded during the scanning process. All materials must be submitted on paper measuring 8½” x 11”. Reproduction on both sides of the paper is permissable.

The following materials must be postmarked by the application deadline or your application will be rejected. If you fail to include a completed and notarized application, fail to include either of the required affidavits, fail to get your affidavits properly notarized, or fail to include the correct application filing fee, you will not be given any grace period beyond the filing deadlines to correct the error:

FIFTH: If you require special accommodations (e.g. extra time, special chair, large type, etc.) please complete the Special Accommodations Form. Be sure to include all documentation requested in the form. Your request must be postmarked no later than December 1st preceding the February examination, and no later than May 1st preceding the July examination. Information about courtesy accommodations for lactating women may be found here.

SIXTH: As soon as possible after filing your application, submit the following materials to the West Virginia Board of Law Examiners at the address listed in Step Four. Your file will not be complete until we have received these items:

SEVENTH: Keep the West Virginia Board of Law Examiners apprised of any changes in the information provided on your application by submitting an Application Update Form when necessary. You must also inform the NCBE of changes to your application using the NCBE’s amendment forms available under the Character and Fitness Services, Applications and Forms link.