West Virginia Judiciary

Board of Law Examiners

The West Virginia Board of Law Examiners (WVBLE) consists of seven members of the West Virginia State Bar who are appointed by the Supreme Court of Appeals. The Board represents different geographical regions of West Virginia. Board members serve seven-year terms and may be reappointed by the Court for additional terms.

The Board evaluates educational background, credentials, character and fitness and competence of each applicant for admission to the practice of law in West Virginia under the Supreme Court Rules for Admission.

Applicants can seek admission by examination (Rule 3.0), admission without examination (Rule 4.0), as resident professors of law (Rule 4.6), conditional admission (Rule 7.0[c]) and limited permission for indigent legal services or public defender program attorneys (Rule 9.0).

Three full-time staff members serve as the Board's liaisons to applicants for admission, the general public and agencies requiring bar admissions assistance and information. The Bar Admissions Administrator and Deputy Administrators:

Contact Information

City Center East, Suite 1200 B
4700 MacCorkle Ave., SE
Charleston, WV 25304
(304) 558-7815
1-800-841-6212
Fax (304) 558-0831

Staff Directory

Madeleine J. Nibert, Bar Admissions Administrator
Nancy A. Green, Deputy Bar Admissions Administrator
Missy Menefee, Deputy Bar Admissions Administrator

Board Members

Lawrence M. Schultz, President
Martinsburg, W.Va.
Ancil G. Ramey, Vice-President
Huntington, W.Va.
Bradley J. Pyles
Logan, W. Va.
Carol P. Smith
Charleston, W.Va.
Janice Lee Murray Hall
Huntington, W.Va.
Marc B. Chernenko
Wellsburg, W. Va.
Brent Everett Wear
Wheeling, W. Va.

Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law

National Conference of Bar Examiners