The Catholic University of America

Columbus School of Law Graduates Sworn in to Virginia Bar

Nov. 4, 2009 - Nearly 50 alumni of the Catholic University of America's law school became official members of the Virginia state bar today. The orientation and swearing-in ceremony at the Richmond Convention Center, presided over by Virginia Supreme Court justices, were preceded by a breakfast for the new members and their families that was hosted by the law school.

Columbus School of Law Dean Veryl V. Miles was in attendance (center, above) as well as Jodie Sperico, director of alumni relations for the law school. Professor Reid Flynn (last on right) was instrumental in helping some of the alumni prepare of the bar exam.

The bar pass rate on the Virginia exam for first-time CUA law test takers from the graduating class of 2009 was 82.3 percent.

Catholic University law school graduates sit for dozens of state bar exams every year, but Virginia's is among the top three most chosen. Before an attorney may practice in any court in the Commonwealth, he or she must take the oath of fidelity to the Commonwealth, stating that he will honestly conduct himself in the practice of law and execute the office of attorney-at-law to the best of his ability. An attorney who has qualified before the Supreme Court of Virginia is qualified to practice in all courts of the Commonwealth. An attorney who has qualified before a court other than the Supreme Court shall be qualified to practice only in the court which administered the oath.