Knowing that the students who hope to one day join the Virginia Bar will not have to experience fear of ramifications for disclosing any treatment they sought during law school on their bar applications is a wonderful thing. The more we normalize and encourage sound mental health and wellness, the better we will be as a profession.
— Covington & Burling associate Catherine Woodcock, commenting on the important changes regarding metal health that have been made to the application to sit for the Virginia bar exam. The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners recently did away with a portion of the application asking for the disclosure of mental health conditions. A majority of states still ask questions about mental health on bar exam applications.