West Virginia Judiciary

Board of Law Examiners


The West Virginia Board of Law Examiners processes applications for admission on motion/reciprocity year round, and such applications are not subject to the biannual deadlines imposed on bar examination applicants.


WV Application fee: $2,000
NCBE Report: The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) requires a fee to complete a required character and fitness background investigative report. The fee varies, but typically begins at $500. See NCBE’s website for their fee schedule.
MPRE: Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam administration fees.
Other: Fees may be assessed for transferring scores (MPRE) and requesting certificates of good standing, copies of required application supporting documents, and copies of applications previously filed in other jurisdictions. Travel expenses may be incurred for the character interview and for the admission ceremony.

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. Thoroughly review the FAQs Reciprocity Applicants, the instructions on this page, and the National Conference of Bar Examiners instructions for answers to your questions regarding the application process.

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.The application must be dated no more than sixty (60) days prior to the date of submission to our jurisdiction and the NCBE. Make a copy of the completed application and all materials you send to the WVBLE/NCBE throughout the process to keep for your records.

THIRD: Follow the NCBE’s instructions for submitting the required supporting material to the NCBE with your payment. This payment is separate from and additional to payment to the WVBLE. We will accept NCBE supplemental reports only if the original NCBE report was completed no more than three (3) years prior to the date of your application to West Virginia.

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

West Virginia Judicial Tower
4700 MacCorkle Ave. SE Ste 700B
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.

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 under your NCBE online account.