California

IMPORTANT: Since jurisdiction rules and policies change, you are strongly advised to consult the jurisdiction's bar admission agency directly for the most current information.

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The information provided on this page is drawn from the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements. Links are provided to specific charts in the Guide; each chart is followed by jurisdiction-specific supplemental remarks. Please consult both the chart and its remarks for complete information. (Information last updated Sep 08, 2022.)

Bar Exam Eligibility, Deadlines, and Fees

  • ABA-Approved Law School J.D. Required: No See Chart 3
  • Foreign Law Graduate Eligibility: Yes See Chart 4
  • Bar Exam Application Filing Deadlines: See Chart 11
  • Bar Exam Application Fees: See Chart 11

UBE Adoption

  • UBE Adoption: No

Admission on Transferred UBE Score

  • Admission on Transferred UBE Score: No

California Bar Exam Components

  • The Multistate Bar Examination (MBE): Yes
  • The Multistate Essay Examination (MEE): No
  • The Multistate Performance Test (MPT): No
  • Jurisdiction-Drafted Exam: Yes See Chart 9

MPRE Requirements

Character and Fitness Investigations

This jurisdiction does not use NCBE's character and fitness services; please contact California for filing instructions.

Admission on Motion

  • Admission on Motion: No

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Bar Admission Agency
State Bar of California
Office of Admissions

180 Howard Street

San Francisco, CA 94105

Phone: (415) 538-2376

Fax: (415) 538-2304

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