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BAR ADMISSIONS


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), admission by UBE transfer (Rule 3.5), as resident professors of law (Rule 4.6), or they can seek temporary admission as military spouse attorneys (Rule 4.7), military legal assistance (Rule 4.8), or limited permission for indigent legal services or public defender program attorneys (Rule 9.0).

Two 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 Administrator:

  • Oversee the Board's daily operations and bi-annual meetings;
  • Provide records maintenance and monitoring throughout the application process;
  • Coordinate character and fitness investigations by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the District Character Committees and the Board of Law Examiners;
  • Administer the bar examination;
  • Provide certification of the eligibility of individual applicants to the Supreme Court Clerk; and
  • Coordinate swearing-in ceremonies before the Supreme Court of Appeals.

CONTACT INFORMATION 

WV Judicial Tower, Suite 700 B
4700 MacCorkle Ave., SE
Charleston, WV 25304
(304) 558-7815


STAFF DIRECTORY

Ashton Bias Harell, Bar Admissions Administrator
Missy Menefee, Deputy Bar Admissions Administrator


BOARD MEMBERS

Katherine B. Capito, President
Charleston, W.Va.

Lee Murray Hall, Vice-President
Huntington, W.Va.

Marc B. Chernenko
Wellsburg, W.Va.

Brent Everett Wear
Wheeling, W.Va.

Susan R. Snowden
Martinsburg, W.Va.

Thomas Truman
Daniels, W.Va.

Ancil G. Ramey
Huntington, W.Va.


Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law
National Conference of Bar Examiners