FAQs

If you have a question, please check the following list of frequently asked questions for the answer. If you don't find the information you need, please let us know so that we can add your question to the list.

1. What is the difference between The Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar?

2. How do I choose an attorney?

3. Where can I get a referral?

4. How can I find out about pro bono assistance?

5. How do I file a complaint against an attorney?

6. How are attorneys licensed in Virginia?

7. Where can I get information about the "reading the law" program?

8. How do I sign up for the Bar Exam?

9. What law schools are located in Virginia?


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. The Virginia State Bar is a mandatory licensing agency. Attorneys must be licensed by the Virginia State Bar in order to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Not all Virginia attorneys choose to be members of The Virginia Bar Association. In addition, The Virginia Bar Association does not require attorneys to be licensed in Virginia for membership. 


2. How do I choose an attorney?


If you are looking for a referral, please see the next question for a list of referral services available in Virginia. Sometimes people do not want to use a referral service or are unable to get a satisfactory referral. There are other ways of finding an attorney. Some directories list attorneys and include information about their special practice areas. One good directory is the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Another route is to ask a friend for a recommendation. Attorneys also can be good sources of referrals for other attorneys in their own and other practice areas. 


3. Where can I get a referral or do a Virginia bar attorney search?


The Virginia Bar Association does not offer referrals. There are, however, a number of referral services in the state. The Virginia State Bar operates a referral service, which can be reached at 1-800-552-7977. Because it handles licensing of Virginia lawyers, the Virginia State Bar also can confirm the existence of Virginia bar members. Several local bars also offer referrals:

Alexandria Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service - (703) 548-1105
Arlington County Bar Association - (703) 228-3390
Charlottesville-Albemarle Legal Aid Justice Center - (434) 977-0553
Fairfax Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service - (703) 246-3780
Lawyer Referral Service of the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association - (757) 623-0132
Statewide Legal Aid Helpline - 866-LEGL-AID (1-866-534-5243)

Numbers are subject to change.

 
4. How can I find out about pro bono assistance?

Pro bono assistance is available through the Legal Aid offices throughout the state.

 
5. How do I file a complaint against an attorney?


Complaints are handled by the Virginia State Bar, the mandatory and licensing agency in Virginia. The Virginia State Bar can be reached by telephone at (804) 775-0500, or by mail at 707 E. Main Street, Suite 1500, Richmond, Virginia 23219.


6. How are attorneys licensed in Virginia?


Attorneys must be licensed to practice law in Virginia. Virginia bar admission and licensing is handled by the Virginia State Bar, which can be reached at (804) 775-0500. The mailing address is 707 E. Main St., Suite 1500, Richmond, VA 23219. The Board of Bar Examiners is responsible for administering the Bar Exam. It can be reached at (804) 786-7490. The mailing address is Suite 225, Shockoe Centre, 11 S. 12th St., Richmond, VA 23219.

 
7. Where can I get information about the "reading the law" program?



Information about this program is available from the Board of Bar Examiners. That organization can be reached at (804) 786-7490. The mailing address is Suite 225, Shockoe Centre, 11 S. 12th St., Richmond, VA 23219.

 
8. How do I sign up for the Bar Exam?


The Virginia Bar Association is not involved with the licensing process. Licensing is handled by the Virginia State Bar. The Board of Bar Examiners is responsible for administering the Bar Exam, and can be reached at (804) 786-7490. The mailing address is Suite 225, Shockoe Centre, 11 S. 12th St., Richmond, VA 23219. 


9. What law schools are located in Virginia? 


Appalachian School of Law
P.O. Box 2825
Grundy, VA 24614
1-800-895-7411

College of William & Mary
Marshall-Wythe School of Law
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187
(757) 221-3800

George Mason University School of Law
3401 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201-4498
(703) 993-8000

Liberty University School of Law
1971 University Boulevard
Lynchburg, VA 24502
(434) 592-5300

Regent University School of Law
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464-9880
(757) 579-4040

University of Richmond School of Law
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173-0001
(804) 289-8637

University of Virginia Law School
580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903-1738
(434) 924-7354

Washington & Lee School of Law
Sydney Lewis Hall
Lexington, VA 24450
(540) 458-8400

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