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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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri
Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming