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Regular Admissions

Please note that the information on this site is provided as a service to those interested in admission in the Virgin Islands. It remains the responsibility of those desiring to practice law in the Virgin Islands to ensure that prior to their admission, they familiarize themselves with all the rules of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands, including but not limited to the rules which govern admissions and the rules governing their professional responsibility and discipline. Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here is unintentional and will be resolved in favor of strict compliance with the Rules and policies of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands. 

  

EXAMINATION DATES FOR 2019

The bar exam is held twice annually on the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February and July.  The Virgin Islands Bar Examination will be administered on the upcoming test dates: 

  

EXAMS 

DATES 

 

 

MEE and MPT 

February 26 and July 30, 2019 

 

MBE 

February 27 and July 31, 2019 

 

VIRGIN ISLANDS LAW COMPONENT (VILC) 

The Virgin Islands Law Component (VILC) is the pre-admission component that all applicants seeking regular admissions to the Virgin Islands Bar, whether by admission by examination, UBE Score Transfer or by admission on motion are required to take the to a Virgin Islands Law Component (VILC).   The VILC is a course on important and unique aspects of Virgin Islands law that are not tested on the Virgin Islands Bar Examination.   The VILC is developed by the Committee of Bar Examiners and may be assessed by a multiple-choice or other examination component.      

 

CRITERIA FOR APPLICATION

All individuals who desire to complete an application for regular admission to the Virgin Islands Bar must allege and prove, in accordance with Supreme Court Rule 204(d), the following:  

The applicant is at least twenty-one years of age.  

  

The applicant is a citizen of the United States, or resident non-United States citizens must be legal immigrants, i.e., immigrants who have lawfully been admitted for permanent residence in the United States.  

 

The applicant is a person of good moral character who has not been disbarred, suspended or sanctioned, or who has been reinstated or exonerated, and who is not under pending disciplinary action, by any state, district, territorial, federal or foreign jurisdiction.  

The applicant, who is seeking admission to the Virgin Islands Bar and is previously admitted to the bar of any other jurisdiction, is a current member in good standing of that jurisdiction.  

The applicant is a graduate of an accredited law school approved by the American Bar Association. 

  

Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 204(c)(6), no application to the Virgin Islands Bar may be filed by anyone who has been disbarred, suspended or sanctioned, without reinstatement or exoneration, or who is under pending disciplinary action by the Bar of any State, District or Territory of the United States or any foreign jurisdiction, or any Federal Court. 

 

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

An Application for Admissions maybe downloaded from the forms download page.    Additionally, all applicants are also required to complete the National Conference of Bar Examiners Request for a Character and Fitness Report.  That form is available for download from the National Conference of Bar Examiner's website.  All applicants are required to read the Virgin Islands Bar Application Handbook PRIOR to completing the Application for Admissions to the Virgin Islands Bar.   The handbook may be downloaded from under the Forms Download Page on the Court's website.   To view the Schedule of Fees for taking the bar exam please click here. 

 

Additionally, to be eligible for admissions an applicant must:  

Obtain a scaled score of 75 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE); and 

Pass the Virgin Islands Law Component (VILC).    

Undergo a Character Examination and Personal Interview   

ADMISSION BY EXAM 

Uniform Bar Exam 

The Virgin Islands Committee of Bar Examiners has administered the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) since 2017. The UBE is an exam prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and designed to test knowledge and skills that every lawyer should be able to demonstrate prior to becoming licensed to practice law. It results in a portable score that can be used to apply for admission in other UBE jurisdictions.  Each applicant is required to pass the following examinations:  Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) questions, two (2) Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT), and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE).  Visit the NCBE's website for additional information on the UBE exam.   

 

Additionally, to be eligible for admissions an applicant must:  

Obtain a scaled score of 75 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE); and 

Pass the Virgin Islands Law Component (VILC).    

Undergo a Character Examination and Personal Interview   

 

ADMISSION BY UBE SCORE TRANSFER, GENERALLY 

An applicant may elect to file an Application for Admission by UBE Score Transfer, Generally, in accordance with VISCR 204(g)(1).  Applicants must have an acceptable UBE transfer score at the time of application.  UBE transfer applicants may submit a completed application at any time.  

Additionally, to be eligible for admissions an applicant must:  

Obtain a scaled score of 75 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE); and 

Pass the Virgin Islands Law Component (VILC).     

Undergo a Character Examination and Personal Interview    

Requirements for UBE Transfer 

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: (i) the score attained on the UBE meets or exceeds 266; (ii) 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 (iii) 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.

TRANSFER OF MBE SCORE

An applicant may elect to transfer a valid MBE score pursuant to VISCR 204(g)(2).  The Committee of Bar Examiners may be accepted by the Committee only if the MBE score is obtained in another United States jurisdiction, or from a prior administration of the Virgin Islands Bar Examination and provided that a scaled score of at least 133 has been achieved and provided further that the score certified is no more than three years old.

An applicant who relies upon a passing MBE score obtained in a prior administration may sit for the MEE and MPT in the Virgin Islands, but shall not earn a portable UBE score. In such a case, the applicant must achieve a scaled score of 133 in the written portion of the examination.

Additionally, to be eligible for admissions an applicant must:  

Obtain a scaled score of 133 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE); and 

Obtain a scaled score of 75 or higher on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE); and 

Pass the Virgin Islands Law Component (VILC).     

Undergo a Character Examination and Personal Interview    

ADMISSION BY MOTION 

An applicant may be admitted to the Virgin Islands Bar on motion without taking the Virgin Islands Bar Examination if the applicant satisfies the following criteria pursuant to VISCR 204(j): 

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 

Completes the VILC passes the required examination on its contents. 

The jurisdictions that have entered reciprocal agreements with the Virgin Islands are: Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma,  Oregon, Pennsylvania and Virginia. 

  

An applicant for admission on motion is not authorized to practice law in the Virgin Islands until and unless application for admission on motion is granted and the applicant has taken the oath prescribed in this Rule 204(i). 

 

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Application Handbook 

Schedule of Fees 

Application for Admissions 

Rules of the Supreme Court 

NCBE Request for Character Report  

Supreme Court Rule 201 to 208 

Dean Certification Form 

Virgin Islands Bar Association  

  

 

contact  

Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Elsie-Mae King

Director of Bar Admissions 

Phone: 340.774.2237 

Fax: 340.774.2258 

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 590 

St. Thomas, VI  00804 

Physical Address 

No. 161B Crown Bay 

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, VI 00802 

  

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