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The VI Bar Herald
      The Source for VI Legal Info       OnePaper Community Edition       December 19th, 2014      
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Virgin Islands Bar Admission - General

     The Territorial Court, being the highest non-federal and local court of the Virgin Islands, shall govern the admission of all attorneys to the Virgin Islands Bar, which shall consist of all attorneys, in whatever category, admitted to practice law in the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands. The membership of the Virgin Islands Bar shall consist of three (3) categories of attorneys, as follows:

  1. Pro Hac Vice Admissions. Attorneys admitted Pro Hac Vice pursuant to the provisions of Rule 301.
         
  2. Special Admissions Government Attorneys specially admitted to practice pursuant to the provisions of Rule 302.
         
  3. Regular AdmissionsAttorneys regularly admitted to practice pursuant to the provisions of Rule 304.

     
     

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Virgin Islands Bar Admission - General
   General information regarding regular, special and pro hac vice admission to the Virgin Islands Bar. All applicants for admission should familiarize themselves with Terr. Ct. R. 303, regarding professional responsibility and discipline, prior to their admission to the Virgin Islands Bar. (Note Terr. Ct. R. 303 is available in the Attorney Discipline Section of the VI Bar Herald.)
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Regular Admission
   Rule 304 of the Territorial Court Rules provides for the regular admissions of members of the Virgin Islands Bar. An applicant for regual admission to the Virgin Islands Bar must comply with the requirements of Territorial Court Rule 304. No one may obtain regular admission to the Virgin Islands Bar unless and until the VIrgin Islands Bar Examinations have been successfully undertaken as described in this rule.
  
  Each applicant is required to pass the following examinations:
  
  (1) Multistate Bar Examination (MBE);
  (2) Local law (Essay);
  (3) Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE); and
  (4) Character Examination and Personal Interview.
  
  The Virgin Islands Bar Examination shall be held semi-annually in February and July. The dates of teh Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) will coincide with the national dates published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, and the dates of the Essay exam will e the days following the Multi-state Bar Examination (MBE). The MPRE shall be held on the dates established by the National COnference of Bar Examiners, which are different from the MBE and Essay exam dates. Please contact the Bar Admissions Coordinator regarding the dates and times for the next administration of examinations.
  
  To obtain an Application for Admission to the Virgin Islands Bar, please remit the fee of Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) payable to the COMMITTEE OF BAR EXAMINERS to the following address:
  
  V.I. Committee of Bar Examiners
  Hon. Geoffrey W. Barnard, Chairman
  Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands
  Post Office Box 70
  St. Thomas, VI 00804
  Attn: Elsie-Mae King, Bar Admissions Coordinator
  
  Telephone: (340 774-6680, ext. 6423
  Fax: (340) 777-8187
  Email: elking@tcourt.gov.vi
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Special Admission
   Rule 302 of the Territorial Court Certain government and public service attorneys are eligible for special admission to the Virgin Islands Bar.
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Pro Hac Vice Admission
   Rule 301 of the Rules of the Territorial Court provides for Pro Hac Vice admission to the Virgin Islands Bar
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