The State Bar of California
The State Bar has two office locations, one in San Francisco (415-538-2300) and one in Los Angeles (213-765-1500).
The State Bar of California no longer provides any of their forms to law schools. You can access all of the necessary forms through the Office of Admissions Online Applications page. The following is some basic information about registering with the State Bar of California.
There are three (3) applications which you will need to submit:
- Registration as a Law Student
If you are planning to take the California Bar Exam, you must first register with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. If you register while in law school, this is called "Law Student Registration." You must complete this registration before submitting any other applications, such as the Moral Character application or the Application to Take the California Bar Exam.
You can register via the internet on the State Bar's website at their Admissions page.
Note: As a California Western School of Law student, you are exempt from having to take the Bar's First-Year Law Student's Exam.
- Moral Character Determination Application
The Committee of Bar Examiners through its Subcommittee on Moral Character conducts the inquiry into an applicant's background. Each case is considered individually. This process generally can take 8-10 months to complete. It is recommended that applicants file the moral character application no later than the beginning of their last year of law school so there is no delay in certification upon passage of the Bar Exam.
- The California Bar Examination Application
The California Bar Exam is administered in February and July. Applications for the February exam are usually available October 1 and the timely filing deadline is usually November 1. Applications for the July exam are usually available March 1 and the timely filing deadline is usually April 1. You can register on the State Bar's website on their Admissions page.
Practical Training of Law Students
The State Bar of California's Practical Training of Law Students program certifies law students to provide legal services under the supervision of an attorney. For information, please go to http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/Education/LegalEducation/PracticalTrainingofLawStudentsProgram.aspx.
Accommodations for the California State Bar
Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to make arrangements for testing accommodations well in advance of the examination. It is recommended the petition be filed prior to the last year of law school and no later than six months prior to the examination. More information on exact filing dates can be found on the California Bar's Website.
Form F will need to be filled out by CWSL's Student & Diversity Services office for verification. Please allow the office sufficient time to fill out the form.
For further questions regarding accommodations, please contact The State Bar of California Office of Admissions at (213) 765-1500.
The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)
The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is required for admission to the State Bar of California and for admission to the Bar in most states. This exam is administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
It is recommended that you complete a professional responsibility/ethics course before taking the exam but it is not required. You can apply online at www.ncbex.org.
Generally, the test is administered three times a year, usually in March, August and November.
Links to Other State Bars
Students planning to seek admission to the State Bar in states other than California, are urged to contact the bar admissions office of that particular state as soon as possible upon entering school. You can find links to all the State Bar websites below.
District of Columbia