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
- One original application, completed and notarized. Please exclude pages i and ii of the NCBE request for preparation of a character report (the NCBE Fee Schedule and the Directions page).
- One (1) completed Application Affidavit with original signatures of applicant and Notary Public.
- One (1) completed Affidavit of Authorization and Release with original signatures of applicant and Notary Public.
- One (1) completed Affidavit of Active Practice.
- Application Filing Fee payable to the State of West Virginia. Please reference the Application Filing Fee Schedule to determine the applicable fee to include. Methods of payment accepted are check or money order only; the West Virginia Board of Law Examiners does not accept credit card payments.
- Copies of bar applications you have filed in any other jurisdictions.
- Official transcripts from the schools that awarded your undergraduate degree and your law degree. Transcripts must show that your degree has been awarded and the date it was awarded. Although a transcript does not have to be sent directly to the Board from the college or university, it must be an official copy certified by the school; photocopies and unofficial printouts will not be accepted.
- An original credit report obtained no earlier than thirty (30) days before the date your application is postmarked. A credit report printed from an online free annual credit reporting agency is acceptable; however, we do not accept reports from creditkarma.com, or from any website that does not provide detailed account history information. A print-out that shows only your credit score is insufficient.
- Original Certificates of Good Standing from the Clerk of the Supreme Court from each state where you have been admitted to practice.
- Official score report from the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). If you specified West Virginia as one of the reporting states when you took the exam, you must inform our office of the date you took the MPRE so that we can confirm your score without the need for an official score report. Pursuant to Rule 4.4, applicants for admission on motion must achieve a scaled score of at least 80 on an exam administered no more than 25 months prior to application for admission. There will be no exceptions to or waivers of this rule. Although you may send in your application for admission prior to sitting for the MPRE, your application file will not be complete and you will not be eligible for admission until we receive your passing MPRE score.
- Affidavits of Practitioner evidencing your good character from two attorneys from the jurisdiction where you last engaged in practice.
- A Certificate of Presiding Judge from one of the trial courts of record in your primary home city or county.
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.