West Virginia Judiciary

Board of Law Examiners

NOTICE: West Virginia has adopted the Uniform Bar Examination with an effective date in July 2017. Additional information is available here.

The West Virginia Board of Law Examiners (WVBLE) consists of seven members of the West Virginia State Bar who are appointed by the Supreme Court of Appeals. The Board represents different geographical regions of West Virginia. Board members serve seven-year terms and may be reappointed by the Court for additional terms.

The Board evaluates educational background, credentials, character and fitness and competence of each applicant for admission to the practice of law in West Virginia under the Supreme Court Rules for Admission.

Applicants can seek admission by examination (Rule 3.0), admission without examination (Rule 4.0), admission by UBE transfer (Rule 3.5), as resident professors of law (Rule 4.6), or they can seek temporary admission as military spouse attorneys (Rule 4.7), or limited permission for indigent legal services or public defender program attorneys (Rule 9.0).

Two full-time staff members serve as the Board's liaisons to applicants for admission, the general public and agencies requiring bar admissions assistance and information. The Bar Admissions Administrator and Deputy Administrator:

Contact Information

City Center East, Suite 1200 B
4700 MacCorkle Ave., SE
Charleston, WV 25304
(304) 558-7815
Fax (304) 558-0831

Staff Directory

Carol P. Smith, Bar Admissions Administrator
Missy Menefee, Deputy Bar Admissions Administrator

Board Members

Brent Everett Wear, President
Wheeling, W. Va.

Jason C. Pizatella, Vice-President
Charleston, W. Va.

Susan R. Snowden
Martinsburg, W.Va.

Ancil G. Ramey
Huntington, W.Va.

Katherine B. Capito
Charleston, W.Va.

Lee Murray Hall
Huntington, W.Va.

Marc B. Chernenko
Wellsburg, W. Va.

Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law

National Conference of Bar Examiners