Thursday, April 24, 2014

February 2014 Virginia Bar Exam Results -- RELEASED

The VBBE released the February 2014 Virginia Bar Exam Results this afternoon. Click here for the results.

In summary, the overall pass rate was 59.41%, with first-time takers topping off at 69.96%. Congratulations to the College of William & Mary and Regent University law schools for having the highest statistical passage rate among first-time takers (100.00%), and to the University of Virginia and George Mason University law schools for having the highest overall passage rates (72.73% and 72.00%, respectively).

Please note that there are two pass lists. If your name is on the first list -- Pass List One -- then you met all requirements and are licensed as of today. If your name is on the second list -- Pass List Two -- then you achieved a passing score on the bar exam, but other outstanding requirements in your file remain (e.g., the MPRE exam). Names on Pass List Two are not licensed as of today.

To those examinees who did not pass, I will post more soon. In the meantime, the important thing to remember is that today's news is a setback -- that is all. Not passing is not a reflection of your abilities or your potential as an attorney. With the right combination of strategy, discipline and restraint, you will pass in July. Keep the faith!

Admissions Ceremony Information
For more information, click here. If you wish to be admitted to the Supreme Court of Virginia (and all lower courts), the admissions ceremony will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in downtown Richmond on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. The VBBE will send successful applicants a packet of information within the next few days. Be sure to notify the VBBE of any address changes.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Results Are Around the Corner

Well, it's that time of April. In about one a week, the VBBE will release results of the February 2014 Virginia Bar Exam. Chances are, the VBBE has internally drafted the PASS/FAIL lists, and they are now cross-checking their grades and tallies.  For you, the last week or so will likely be a miserable one - the worst period, in my opinion. But the reality is, nothing's actually changed. Again, what’s done was done back in February, and all the hope in the world won't change anything.

More to the point: whether you pass or fail, bar exam results will never define who you are, neither personally nor professionally nor any other way. You are ten times better than the bar exam to allow it to bring you down to a level of constant despair and anxiety and self-pity. Especially in this last week, you must not forget that. Pass or fail, you are still you.

I have one closing thought about the date of release. April 24 is not a hard-and-fast date. Historically, the VBBE either posts results on the stated day or else the day before; in this case, April 23. Either day is fair game, but don't expect any results before April 23.

Good luck, everybody! Hang in there, and remember to keep this next week in perspective. Please, just trust me on this one.

Sample Answers to February 2014 Virginia Bar Exam


A collaborative effort by faculty at William & Mary, George Mason, Regent and Richmond law schoool posted sample answers to the July 2014 Virginia Bar Exam. They answers are comprehensive and very nicely explained.

Please see the link below: