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Format, Content, & Grading of the California Bar Exam

 


All data provided below are subject to change by a decision at any time by the California bar examiners.  When any changes are made, they will be posted on this site.

The California Bar Exam is a three-day exam -- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday -- with the essays and performance questions on Tuesday and Thursday and the multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam on Wednesday.

First Day (Tuesday) morning session:  
Three hours  
Three California Essay Questions

First Day (Tuesday) afternoon session: 
Three hours 
One California Performance Test problem

Second Day (Wednesday) morning session: 
Three hours 
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
100 Multiple-Choice questions.

Second Day (Wednesday) afternoon session: 
Three hours
Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 
100 Multiple-Choice questions.

California requires that you sit for the MBE as part of the California bar exam. California does NOT accept your score from an MBE taken in another jurisdiction.

For further details on the MBE, click here.

Third Day (Thursday) morning session:  
Three hours  
Three California Essay Questions

Third Day (Thursday) afternoon session: 
Three hours 
One California Performance Test problem


Subjects Tested on the California Bar Exam:

MBE Subjects
Constitutional Law
Contracts/Sales
Criminal Law/Procedure
Evidence
Real Property
Torts

California Essay Subjects
Civil Procedure
Corporations
Community Property
Professional Responsibility
Remedies (Equity)
Trusts 
Wills & Succession 
plus the six MBE subjects. 

All subjects on the California essay portion are generic, based on general principles of law, except for three subjects -- 

Community Property

Professional Responsibility
, and 
Wills
 
are based on California law.


Grading of the California Bar Exam:

Your score on the MBE accounts for 35% of your total score.  Your score on the essay questions and performance tests accounts for 65% of your total score. 

California generally releases the results of the Summer exam in about 16-18 weeks and the results of the Winter exam in about 12-14 weeks.


California Bar Exam Pass Rates 

 

All Candidates

First-Time Takers

Repeaters

 

Took

Pass

% Pass

Took

Pass

% Pass

Took

Pass

% Pass

Summer 2007

                 

Summer 2006

                 

Summer 2005

                 

Summer 2004

                 

Summer 2003

7788

3848

49.4

5364

 

63.5

2424

 

18.3

Summer 2002

7511

3793

50.5

5168

3335

64.5

2343

458

19.6

Summer 2001

7618

4338

56.9

5302

3712

70.0

2316

626

27.0

Summer 2000

7655

4233

55.3

5496

3674

66.9

2159

559

25.9

Summer 1999

7720

3951

51.2

5553

3542

63.8

2167

409

18.9

                   

Winter 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter 2003

4192

1564

37.3

1281

642

50.1

2911

922

31.7

Winter 2002

4070

1361

33.4

1312

629

47.9

2758

732

26.5

Winter 2001

4488

1673

37.3

1534

806

52.5

2954

867

29.4

Winter 2000

4476

1790

40.0

1433

735

51.3

3043

1055

34.7


Summer 2006 California Bar Exam Pass Rates
For ABA- Approved California Law Schools

 

All Candidates

First-Time Takers

Repeaters

 

Took

Pass

% Pass

Took

Pass

% Pass

Took

Pass

% Pass

Boalt

                 

Cal Western 

                 

Chapman

                 

Golden Gate

                 

Hastings

                 

Loyola-LA

                 

McGeorge

                 

Pepperdine

                 

Santa Clara

                 

Southwestern

                 

Stanford

                 

Thomas Jefferson

                 

UC Davis

                 

UCLA

                 

USD

                 

USF

                 

USC

                 

Western State

                 

Whittier

                 

Total

                 



California Bar Exam Details


Admission on Motion 
(i.e., without having to sit for the bar exam)


California does NOT permit admission on motion.  To be admitted to the California bar, you must take and pass the California bar exam. 

However, if you have been licensed to practice law in another jurisdiction for at least four years you may be able to take the Attorney Exam, instead of the full California Bar Exam.  The Attorney Exam is comprised of the California essay and performance test (rather than multiple-choice, like the MBE).

Full California Fees: Click Here (PDF format)

For further information, contact:

California Office of Admissions
State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: 415-538-2399

1149 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, California 90015
Telephone: 213-765-1500


Exam Dates, Locations:

Winter 2008
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 
February 26, 27, 28, 2008
Bay Area, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, 
and other announced locations.

Summer 2008

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 
July 29, 30, 31, 2008
Bay Area, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, 
and other announced locations. 

Future Dates: 



For those who studied law outside the United States, click here
(PDF format).

Filing deadlines and fees are subject to change.  Contact the California Office of Admissions to learn the rules in effect at the time of your application.


More California Bar Exam Statistics

Winter 2007

Summer 2007

Winter 2006

Summer 2006

Winter 2005

Summer 2005

Winter 2004

Summer 2004

Winter 2003

Summer 2003

Winter 2002

Summer 2002

Winter 2001

Summer 2001

Winter 2000

Summer 2000

Winter 1999

Summer 1999

Winter 1998

Summer 1998

Winter 1997

Summer 1997

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