Members admitted to the West Virginia State Bar after July 1, 2018 are subject to the following requirements:
Update 3/20/2019: Attorneys admitted prior to July 1, 2018, who have not previously completed the Bridge the Gap requirements, may attend the live course and satisfy the mandatory Bridge the Gap requirements.
The West Virginia Supreme Court adopted proposed amendments to the Bridge the Gap Program by Administrative Order in October 2017, with the changes taking effect on July 1, 2018. Click Here for the Administrative Order
- The new Bridge the Gap Program requires mandatory in-person attendance at one of two seminars to be held annually. The training sessions will occur once at the State Bar Annual Meeting and a second time at a geographically different location each calendar year.
- The first program offering will occur on April 8, 2019 in Charleston, West Virginia at the State Bar Annual Meeting. The second program offering will occur in November 2019 at a date and location to be determined. The third program offering will occur in April 2020 at the State Bar Annual Meeting at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
- Each new lawyer admitted to practice after July 1, 2018 will have twenty-four months after their date of admission to complete the program.
- Bridge the Gap will be FREE to all new admittees. Attendance will count toward the mandatory CLE attendance requirements.
Members admitted to the West Virginia State Bar before July 1, 2018 are subject to the following requirements:
Section 5.3A of Chapter 7 of The WV State Bar Rules and Regulations requires every newly admitted State Bar member to complete the Bridge the Gap Program within six months prior to admission or within twelve months after admission.
The Bridge the Gap seminar consists of presentations on legal ethics, office management, and the State Bar’s programs and services. In addition, there are welcoming comments from the State Bar President, Executive Director and the Young Lawyers Section Chairperson. This seminar is available exclusively through this website only.
The Bridge the Gap online seminar requires 6.0 total mandatory CLE credit hours:
210 minutes covering general topics related to the practice of law in West Virginia. (See section A below)
100 minutes covering the practice areas of your choice. (See section B below)
Once you have completed the online seminar, you are required to certify that you have completed the course by going to www.wvbar.org and submitting your MCLE credit hours. The total numbers of credits from the Bridge the Gap course are: 6.00 including 1.00 credits in legal ethics.
The State Bar welcomes you as a newer member of The West Virginia State Bar and the practice of law in West Virginia.
**PLEASE NOTE: Video content may not be available if you are using an internet connection within a state agency building due to bandwidth demand and if unavailable you should try outside of regular business hours or at home.
Bridge the Gap CLE Video Breakdown
A. Mandatory courses 210 minutes:
|State Bar Overview||Anita Casey||30 minutes|
|Office of Disciplinary Council & Ethics||Rachael Fletcher Cipoletti||17 minutes|
|Supreme Court of Appeals Overview||Rory Perry||28 minutes|
|Circuit Court Overview||Judge Michael Aloi||60 minutes|
|Family Court Overview||Judge J. Jeffrey Culpepper||38 minutes|
|Magistrate Court Overview||Janie Moore||37 minutes|
B. Choose 100 minutes from the courses below:
|Abuse & Neglect||Kelly Hamon||20 minutes|
|Equitable Distribution||Mark Kelley||15 minutes|
|Domestic Relations & Bankruptcy||Andy Nason||25 minutes|
|Guardianship & Conservatorship||Harley Stollings||35 minutes|
|Mediation||Debra Scudiere||25 minutes|
|Professionalism||Tom Rubenstein||30 minutes|
|Expert Witness||Lunchtime Lecture||60 minutes|
|Technology Case Management||Lunchtime Lecture||60 minutes|