Qualifying for the Virginia Third Year Student Practice Rule gives you, as a student, the opportunity to work in field placements under attorney supervision while engaging in the actual and simulated practice of law. In Virginia, you can apply for your certificate after you meet certain conditions.
Eligibility criteria include academic performance requirements along with a dean’s certification of fitness for the program. Look for eligibility and application information on the Virginia State Bar website.
If you believe you will need a Third Year Practice certificate or its equivalent for your state, you will find the manual below useful in helping you get the process started. Inquire now to your respective state bar and/or state supreme court to determine rules and procedures.