West Virginia Judiciary

Board of Law Examiners

Instructions for Admission Without Examination

The West Virginia Board of Law Examiners processes applications for admission without examination year round, and such applications are not subject to the biannual deadlines imposed on bar examination applicants.

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. Verify that you are admitted in one of West Virginia's approved Reciprocity Jurisdictions.

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. Sign and have notarized the appropriate pages as indicated. Make a copy of the completed application to keep for your records.

THIRD: Follow the NCBE’s instructions for mailing the required original notarized affidavits to the NCBE with your payment. The fee schedule for the NCBE background check is found on the first page of the application. 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

FIFTH: 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 at www.ncbex.org under the Character and Fitness Services, Applications and Forms link.