The Supreme Court
of the Virgin Islands has the exclusive authority to admit attorneys to
practice law before the Virgin Islands Bar.
The Committee of Bar Examiners ("the Committee") and the Office of Bar
Admissions are administrative arms of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands.
The inherent judicial functions of both offices are to assist the Supreme Court
in the administration of the Virgin Islands Bar Examination, which includes
character and fitness investigations; ascertaining the qualifications of
applicants for admission to the Virgin Islands Bar and moving for the admission
of those applicants who meet those requirements as established by the Supreme
Court Rule 204.
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. To begin the application process, please contact the Director of Bar Admissions.
New Schedule of Fees and Change in
The Supreme Court
entered Promulgation Order No. S. Ct. Prom. Order No. 2014-0001,
adopting a new schedule of fees, changing the application filing deadline and
implementing a late application filing deadline, effective March 1, 2014.
To view the Promulgation Order in its entirety, please
Committee of Bar Examiners
The Committee of
Bar Examiners consists of no less than five (5) members of the Virgin Islands
Bar who are in good standing. All members are appointed by the Chief Justice
and serve for varied terms.
The Supreme Court
has adopted the American Bar Association's (ABA's) Model Immunity Rule entitled
"Civil Immunity of Board of Law Examiners, its members, employees and agents,
and entities providing information regarding an application to the board,"
which provides as follows:
[The Committee of Bar Examiners], and
its members, employees, and agents are immune from all civil liability for
conduct and communications occurring in the performance of their official
duties relating to the examination, character and fitness qualification, and
licensing of persons seeking to be admitted to the practice of law.
Records, statements of opinion and
other information regarding an applicant for admission to the Bar communicated
by entity including any person, firm or institution, without malice, to the
[Committee of Bar Examiners], or its members, employees or agents are
privileged, and civil suits predicated thereon may not be instituted.
Application for Admission
An Application for
Admissions maybe downloaded from the forms
download page. 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
Criteria for Application
Prior to being
allowed to sit for the bar exam, 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
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.
Please note that
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.
Composition of the Virgin Islands
applicant is required to pass the following examinations:
Multi-State Bar Examinations (MBE),
which is a six-hour, two-hundred question multiple-choice examination covering
contracts, torts, constitutional law, criminal law, evidence, and real property
Virgin Islands Law Examination
(Essay), which is a six hour, essay examination covering twelve subject areas
of local law
Multi-State Professional Responsibility
Examination (MPRE), which is a fifty question, two-hour, multiple-choice
examination designed to measure the examinee's knowledge and understanding of
established standards related to a lawyer's professional conduct
A Character Examination and Personal
Examination Dates for July 2014
July 30, 2014
Local Law Examination
July 31, 2014
Application Filing Deadline Effective March 1, 2014
First deadline: June 1st
Late Filing Deadline: July 1st
*All applications and fees are to be
received in the Office of Bar Admissions on or before the deadline for filing.
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Director of Bar Admissions
P.O. Box 590
St. Thomas, VI 00804
No. 161B Crown Bay
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, VI 00802