The State Bar of California


When to Apply (1st Time Takers):  March (of Spring semester) of 4th Year For July Bar Examination, or October For February Bar Examination.  Timely filing deadline: April 1st for July exam and November 1st for February exam (unless awaiting results for last exam).  Students must create an account if not done previously, then apply on the State Bar's website.

Scope of the California Bar Examination


 The Committee of Bar Examiners provides reasonable testing accommodations for qualified applicants with disabilities.  Each applicant's request for testing accommodations is considered on its individual merits.  Accommodations are provided for all examinations administered by the Committee.

Applicants should file their petitions no later than four months prior to administration of the examination they intend to take.  Petitions received after the final filing deadline for the examination they wish to take and those that are filed in an incomplete manner will not be accepted for processing.  Early filing allows sufficient time for full review of an applicant's petition, including providing additional information and/or filing appeals if appropriate.  Applicants who wait to file their requests near the filing deadline may not have the opportunity to exhaust all administrative avenues before administration of the examination, such as appealing the decision of the Senior Executive, Admissions to the Committee.


 The State Bar of California's Practical Training of Law Students (PTLS) program certifies law students to provide legal services under the supervision of an attorney.


NOTE: Application for Determination of Moral Character - Applicant's who are in their last year of law study are encouraged to file their Application for Determination of Moral Character at the beginning of their last year of law study, and all applicants are encouraged to file at least eight (8) to ten (10) months prior to the date they wish to be admitted to practice law in California.  Applicants may download the application from the Moral Character Application link above.

Applications for Determination of Moral Character generally will be processed in a minimum of 180 days, unless there are issues in an applicant's background that requires that further investigation and/or review by The State Bar of California, Committee of Bar Examiners/Office of Admissions.  Applicants should make sure they have completed the most current Moral Character Application form and have paid the most current application fee as both the form and fee are subject to change.

Failure to file your application in a timely manner will delay your admission to practice law.

An extension application must be filed by an applicant no sooner than every 18 months and no later than every 24 months after an initial determination of good moral character has been made by The State Bar of California.


Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) (exam March 2019, Saturday August 10, 2019, and Saturday November 9, 2019) - approx. 40 days prior to the examination.  You must be enrolled as an advanced student to be eligible to receive credit for passing this exam.

The minimum passing score required by The Committee of Bar Examiners of the State of California is a scaled score of 86.



Bar Examination Related Fees Effective with February, 2016 Administration

Other Fees Effective January 1, 2016

Processing of applications received with incorrect fees after the effective date will not continue nor will the application be considered filed until the correct fees have been received.  If the correct fees are not received by the published time frames, applications will be considered abandoned and fees that have been paid will not be refunded.

     FEE      LATE FEE  
Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)

(administered by the The National Conference of Bar Examiners)

Application to Take the California Bar Examination:       
General Applicant (February 2015)    $677 $50 or $250
Examination Laptop Computer Fee/Late Laptop Fee    $153 $15
Application for Determination of Moral Character (MC)    $551  
Application for Extension of Determination of MC    $265 
Admission Certificates      $90