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1. What is the difference between The Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar?
The Virginia Bar Association is a voluntary professional association for attorneys. Attorneys choose to be members of The Virginia Bar Association.
The Virginia State Bar is a state agency under the Supreme Court of Virginia. The VSB is in charge of:
Attorneys must be licensed by the Virginia State Bar to practice law in Virginia. Lawyers admitted to practice in Virginia must register and pay dues to the VSB.
2. How do I choose an attorney? Can you give me a referral?
The Virginia Bar Association can point you to several groups that provide referral services. The VBA does not aid individuals in the selection of attorneys or offer referrals. See find a lawyer.
3. Where can I get pro bono assistance?
Pro bono assistance is available to help low-income individuals solve legal problems. Legal Services offices across the state provide this attorneys to help with civil matters. Call 1-866-534-5243 to reach your local legal aid office and confirm your eligibility.
Servicemen and women seeking pro bono or low-cost legal assistance may qualify for help through a special initiative for veterans created by The Virginia Bar Association.
4. Where can I get information as a self-represented litigant?
Try the Virginia Judicial System Court Self-Help Website at http://selfhelp.va.courts.gov/. A project of the Virginia Access to Justice Commission, the website provides neutral legal information as a public service in topical areas commonly sought by self-represented litigants. Examples include traffic tickets, divorce, and landlord and tenant issues.
5. How do I file a complaint against an attorney?
Complaints are handled by the Virginia State Bar, the state agency responsible for licensing and disciplining attorneys in Virginia. The Virginia State Bar can be reached by telephone at 804-775-0500 or 1-866-548-0873 outside the 804 area code, by mail at 1111 E. Main St., Suite 700, Richmond, VA 23219, or online at vsb.org. Find additional details on the VSB website.
6. How can I check the background of a lawyer I want to hire?
To find out if an attorney has faced disciplinary actions for violating ethics rules, visit the Virginia State Bar’s attorney’s record search.
7. How are attorneys licensed in Virginia?
Attorneys must be licensed by the Virginia State Bar to practice law in Virginia. Find details online at vsb.org or call 804-775-0500. The VSB mailing address is 1111 E. Main St., Suite 700, Richmond, VA 23219. Before initial admission to the bar in Virginia, prospective lawyers take the bar examination. The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners is responsible for administering the bar exam. Reach the VBBE at 804-367-0412. The mailing address is 2201 W. Broad St., Suite 101, Richmond, VA 23220.
8. Where can I get information about the "reading the law" program?
Information about the Law Reader program, an alternative form of legal education, is available from the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners. Call 804-367-0412 or write to 2201 W. Broad St., Suite 101, Richmond, VA 23220.
9. How do I sign up for the Bar Exam?
Find details at barexam.virginia.gov. The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners is responsible for administering the Bar Exam, and can be reached at 804-367-0412, or 2201 W. Broad St., Suite 101, Richmond, VA 23220.
10. What law schools are located in Virginia?
Appalachian School of Law
College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
George Mason University School of Law
Liberty University School of Law
Regent University School of Law
University of Richmond School of Law
University of Virginia Law School
Washington and Lee School of Law