Virgin Islands Bar Examination (UBE)

2020 Bar Exam Information

NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with bar examiner’s office.

BAR EXAM DATES AND FORMAT

2020: February 25 – 26, July 28 – 29

2021: February 23 – 24, July 27 – 28

The Virgin Islands Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). 

Day 1: Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the AM) and two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the PM).

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM).

Supreme Court of Virgin Islands

Office of Bar Admissions
No. 161B Crown Bay
St. Thomas, VI 00802

Phone: (340) 774-2237

Fax: (340) 774-2258

Email: BarAdmissions@visupremecourt.org

Website: https://supreme.vicourts.org/offices_of_the_court/bar_admission

Bar Exam Location

University of the Virgin Islands – St. Thomas Campus
2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, VI 00802-9990

Subjects Tested

Multistate Performance Test “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), a scaled score on the 75 on the MPRE is required. An MPRE score must be attained no earlier than three (3) years prior to the date of the administration of the UBE in which the applicant achieves a passing score.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Filing Fee for Regular Admission: $100.00

Registration Fee: $1,000.00

Late Examination Registration Fee: $250.00

Bar Exam Retaking Fee: $500.00 for each portion

NCBE Character and Fitness Investigation Fee: Determined by NCBE

Scoring

Applicants must receive a minimum combined score of 266 on the UBE components. When calculating a combined score for the UBE, the MBE, MEE, and MPT shall be weighed as provided for by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Additional Requirements

Virgin Islands Law Component (VILC)
In order to be licensed to practice law in the Virgin Islands, applicants must also pass the Virgin Islands Law Course (VILC). The VILC tests important and unique aspects of Virgin Islands law that are not tested on the Virgin Islands UBE. More information on the VILC can be found on the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands’ website.

The Virgin Islands Law Component is an open-book, 50 item, 90-minute, online multiple-choice test developed by the Virgin Islands Committee of Bar Examiners. The purpose of the VILC is to ensure that potential new members of the Virgin Islands Bar have been exposed to and have knowledge of law unique to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The subjects covered on the VILC are Virgin Islands Government & Constitutional Law, Legal Profession, Virgin Islands Practice, Administrative Law, Business Associations (Corporations, Limited Liability and Partnerships), Domestic Relations and Wills.

Reciprocity

Admission on Motion

An applicant seeking admission to the Virgin Islands Bar by motion without taking the Virgin Islands Bar Examination must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Holds a J.D. or LL.B. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association at the time the applicant matriculated or graduated;
    Has been admitted after passage of a written examination to the practice of law in another United States jurisdiction;
  • Is admitted to the practice of law in another United States jurisdiction that admits members of the Virgin Islands Bar to the practice of law in that jurisdiction on motion without oral or written examination;
  • Is currently in good standing in all jurisdictions where licensed to practice law;
  • Is not currently subject to lawyer discipline or the subject of a pending disciplinary matter in any jurisdiction;
  • Has been primarily engaged in the active practice of law in one or more United States jurisdictions for five of the seven years immediately preceding the date upon which the application is filed;
  • Produces satisfactory evidence of good moral character, an adequate knowledge of the standards and ideals of the profession, and proof that the applicant is otherwise fit to take the oath and perform the obligations and responsibilities of a lawyer as required of all other applicants for admission to the Virgin Islands Bar; and
  • Passes the VILC

Admission by UBE

An applicant who elects to apply for admission to the Virgin Islands Bar using a UBE score transferred from another UBE jurisdiction, may do so, provided that:

  • the score attained on the UBE meets or exceeds 266;
  • no more than three years have passed since the applicant sat for the administration of the UBE for which the qualifying UBE score was attained; and
  • the applicant meets all other application requirements set forth in this Rule 204, including holding a J.D. or LL.B. degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association at the time the applicant matriculated or graduated.

The Virgin Islands only accepts official UBE score transcripts in their entirety.

Additionally, to be eligible for admissions an applicant must:

  • Obtain a scaled score of 75 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE);
  • Pass the Virgin Islands Law Component (VILC); and
  • Undergo a Character Examination and Personal Interview.

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