VIRGIN ISLANDS LAW COMPONENT (VILC)
Virgin Islands Law Component is an open-book, 50 item, 90-minute, online
multiple-choice test developed by the Virgin Islands Committee of Bar
Examiners. The test is administered four (4) times a year during the months of
March, June, September and December. In accordance with Virgin Islands Supreme
Court Rule 204(e), effective January 1, 2018, all applicants seeking regular
admissions to the Virgin Islands Bar must successfully pass the VILC.
purpose of the VILC is to ensure that potential new members of the Virgin
Islands Bar have been exposed to and have knowledge of law unique to the U.S.
Virgin Islands. The subjects covered
on the VILC are Virgin Islands Government & Constitutional Law,
Legal Profession, Virgin Islands Practice, Administrative Law, Business
Associations (Corporations, Limited Liability and Partnerships), Domestic
Relations and Wills.
WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR THE VILC?
VILC will be administered on the following dates:
12:00 p. m. AST
4/26/2018 - 6/08/2018
4:00 p. m. AST
12:00 p. m. AST
8/06/2018 - 9/21/2018
p. m. AST
12:00 p. m. AST
10/25/2018 - 12/07/2018
p. m. AST
Deadlines will not be extended.
for subsequent years will be posted as determined.
FOR THE VILC
there materials available to prepare for the VILC?
Materials are currently available on the Court's
website. The sole purpose of the
outline is to assist applicants in their preparation to take the VILC. The outline
is not intended for use as a hornbook or treatise on Virgin Islands law. The
information is not designed as an exhaustive or verbatim presentation of unique
and important issues of Virgin Islands. It is presented for informational
purposes and only as a service to potential applicants seeking admissions to
the Virgin Islands Bar. The Committee of Bar Examiners does not provide legal
advice and the information contained in this outline may not be construed or
interpreted as rendering legal advice.
When do I
register for the VILC?
applicant may sit for the VILC at any time after filing a complete application
for admission by examination, motion, or UBE score transfer, but prior to
admission to the bar. An applicant must
receive a Notice of Registration Eligibility from the Office of Bar Admissions
before they can register and sit for the VILC.
3. How do I complete the VILC registration?
receiving a Notice of Registration Eligibility, an applicant must first
determine which testing session of the VILC they would like to sit then
electronically file a letter of intent to register for the testing session.
letter of intent to register must be filed electronically through the Virgin
Islands Supreme Court's Electronic Filing System (VISCEFS), during the
registration period for the desired administration of the VILC.
letter must expressly state the testing session date of the VILC that the
applicant is electing to sit.
letter of intent must be filed during the established registration period and
before 4:00 p.m. AST on the day of the deadline. The letter of intent will be
docketed as part their application. The
letter of intent will appear on the docket of their pending application.
Is there any software requirements to take the
Upon registration for
the VILC, the Office of Bar Admissions will provide ExamSoft, the authorized
vendor to administer the VILC; with applicants' email addresses. ExamSoft will
contact registered applicants via email with the instructions for downloading
and registering the required exam software.
After downloading the
software applicants are required to perform and submit a mock exam to confirm
that the software works on the applicant's computer. A few days before the VILC test date,
applicants will be required to download the exam file to their computer that
will be used on exam day.
Applicants must strictly
adhere to all deadlines and instructions provided by ExamSoft in order to successfully
download the software prior to taking the VILC.
5. What is the fee for the VILC?
There are no fees that an applicant pays to take the VILC.
6. How do I access the VILC?
Prior to the date of the VILC, the applicant
will be notified by an email from ExamSoft to download the exam file required
to take the VILC.
A password will be required to access the exam
file on the date of the VILC. The exam password will be released to applicants
sitting the VILC at 11:45 a. m. on exam day before the scheduled start of the VILC.
Applicants will be required to connect to the internet to enter the password
into the software. After inserting the password while connected online, the
applicant will then open the exam file, type "begin" at 12:00 pm AST and commence the exam.
DURING THE VILC
What happens during the test?
The VILC is an open book
test, and applicants will have 90-minutes to complete it.
Applicants are permitted
to have access to the outline materials and their notes during the exam.
No backward navigation
will be allowed, so once an applicant has navigated to the next question, the
applicant may not return to the prior question.
At the conclusion of the
90-minutes, the exam file will close and the applicant will be prompted to
upload the exam file to ExamSoft.
AFTER THE VILC
What happens after the test?
Applicants must upload all exam files to ExamSoft
by 7:00 PM AST on the date of the exam. If an applicant fails to timely upload
the answer file, the applicant will receive the score of zero (0) on the VILC
and will thereafter need to re-take the VILC at a future scheduled date.
Every applicant will also be required to certify
that he or she completed the VILC without assistance from anyone else and that
he or she did not provide assistance to any other applicant.
is the passing score on the VILC?
The passing score on the VILC is 70% (an
applicant must answer 35 out of the 50 items correctly).
What is the procedure if an applicant fails?
An applicant who fails the VILC the applicant is
required to register to retake the test during the registration period of a
future administration of the VILC.
Is there a limit to
how many times an applicant can retake the VILC?
No, an applicant may retake the VILC as many times as is necessary
How long is a passing VILC score valid?
Consistent with VISCR 204(h), the result of any bar
examination that is more than three (3) years old shall not be acceptable for
If I downloaded the
ExamSoft software for a prior test session, do I have to complete the download
ExamSoft requires a fresh download of the exam file each time the test
application will be used.