To be admitted to practice law in California you must complete the necessary education, register with the Committee of Bar Examiners, and pass the First-year Law Students' Examination (unless exempt). You must also pass the California Bar Examination, which is administered during the last week of February and July, the Moral Character Determination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE), which is administered in March, August and November.
Applications for the First-year Law Students' Examination, General Bar Examination, Attorney's Examination and Determination of Moral Character may be picked up at the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State of California or downloaded at http://www.calbar.ca.gov/. State Bar offices are located in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Application packets are also available at most law schools. For application fees and timely filing deadlines, please contact the State Bar. Applications for the MPRE are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. For more information, visit them at http://www.ncbex.org/.
The bar exam consists of three sections: the essay, the performance test and the multistate bar examination.
Bar Exam Results
Results for the February administration of the exam are released during the month of May. The results for the July administration are released in November.
The Attorneys' Examination consists of only of the essay and performance test sections of the California Bar Exam. Attorneys admitted in other states or jurisdictions of the United States who have been admitted in active status in good standing four years immediately preceding the bar exam may be eligible to take the attorney examination. For more information, contact the Committee of Bar Examiners.
The MPRE is a 60 question multiple-choice examination administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. It is designed to test an applicant's knowledge and understanding of established ethical standards as set forth in the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct, as well as controlling constitutional decisions and generally accepted principles established in leading federal and state cases and in procedural and evidentiary rules. Applicants may take the MPRE in March, August or November.