Rule 4.6 of the Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law in West Virginia allows law professors at the West Virginia University College of Law to be temporarily admitted to practice in West Virginia without taking the bar exam. The temporary admission is permitted for five years. After the five-year period, law professors may be granted admission without a time limitation.
Law professors must:
- Be bona fide residents of West Virginia.
- Currently hold a full time faculty position at the West Virginia University College of Law.
- Be admitted to practice before the court of last resort of another state.
- Pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) if the applicant has not previously passed the MPRE within 25 months of the application. The current passing score is 75.
Application and Certification
Attorneys must file an Application with the Board of Law Examiners and pay the fee required by the NCBE. The law school Dean must file an annual report with the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Appeals regarding all full-time faculty members who are currently admitted under the law professor rules. The reports should be field between July 1 and July 15 of each year.