Admission & Practice
Attorneys may practice under 3 categories in the Virgin Islands: (1) Regularly admitted attorneys; (2) Specially admitted attorneys; and (3) Pro Hac Vice Attorneys.
(1) Regularly Admitted Attorneys: This is the majority of attorneys. They are required to pass the Virgin Islands bar exam. Among the requirements are that the attorney be a US citizen or resident. Also, the attorney must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
(2) Specially Admitted Attorneys: These are usually government attorneys who are allowed to practice for a period of time before taking the VI bar exam so long as they are admitted to another U.S. jurisdiction.
(3) Pro Hac Vice Attorneys: There are attorneys admitted in another U.S. or Foreign jurisdiction and who are admitted for the purpose of one particular case. There is a limit of 3 such appointments per attorney.
For additional information, please click on the following link: Admission Information
Virgin Islands Bar Association
Membership in the Virgin Islands Bar Association ("VIBA") is a condition precedent to the right to practice law in the Virgin Islands. For more information on the VIBA, please visit their website at: VIBA