California Bar Exam Information

California Bar Exam Information


State Bar of California
Office of Admissions
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
(415) 538-2300

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Subjects and Topics Tested

The California bar exam tests the following MBE and California essay subjects:

MBE Subjects

  • Civil Procedure (Federal)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including U.C.C. Art. 2 – Sales)
  • Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts

CA Essay Subjects

  • Business Associations (Including Agency & Partnership)
  • California Civil Procedure
  • California Evidence
  • California Community Property Law
  • Remedies
  • California Wills
  • California Trusts

Filing Deadlines and Fees

July 2017 Exam
First Filing Deadline: April 1
Late Filing Deadline: June 15

February 2018 Exam
First Filing Deadline: November 1
Late Filing Deadline: January 15

Application Fees
Non-attorneys: $1228
Attorneys: $1534
Laptop Fee: $153

Scoring and Grading

A passing score on the California bar exam is 1440 on a 2000-point scale, which is based on a combined scores of the MBE, the California essay questions, and the California Performance Test. The essay questions and California Performance Test are weighted together at 50% and the MBE is weighted 50%. The Performance Test is weighted twice as much as a single essay question score.

Bar Exam Dates

The California bar exam is administered twice per year – once in February and once in July.

Upcoming Exams

2017: July 25-26

2018: February 27-28 and July 24-25

Bar Exam Results

California bar exam results are typically released in late November for the July exam, and late May for the February exam.

Bar Exam Format

The California bar exam includes five essay questions, one Performance Test and the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE).

Tuesday
During the 3-hour morning session, three one-hour California essay questions are administered. During the afternoon session, two one-hour California essays and one 1.5-hour California Performance Test are administered.

Wednesday
100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour morning session, and 100 MBE questions are administered in the 3-hour afternoon session.

Reciprocity

The California Bar does not allow admission by motion. Applicants must take and pass the California Bar Exam to be admitted to practice law in California.

Jurisdiction rules and policies change. Be sure to consult the jurisdiction’s bar admission agency directly for the most current info.

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