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California Bar Exam

Practicing lawyers in California must pass the California Bar Exam and be licensed by the State Bar. California lawyers can meet the legal education requirement in different ways. Most receive a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from law schools registered by the State Bar (California-accredited) or approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). But there are other ways to get a legal education such as an online LLM. For more information, please contact us at info@abr.com.hk for assistance. You can begin the admissions process by registering as a law student or attorney applicant.

Application Period

The California Bar Examination is given twice each year in February and July.


Exam Date Application Available Final Filing deadline
Feb exam Oct 1 16 Jan
July exam March 1 15 July

Exam Subjects

The examination covers 13 subjects, including Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Community Property, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Real Property, Remedies, Torts, Trusts and Wills and Succession.

Day1 Morning 3 essay questions
Afternoon 2 essay questions plus the Performance Test
Day2 Morning 100 multiple-choice questions (Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
Afternoon 100 multiple-choice questions (Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)


Exam Venue

Northern California Test Centers Cal Expo & State Fair (Laptop & Writing) 1600 Exposition Blvd
Sacramento, CA
Crown Plaza Hotel (Testing Accommodations Only - Writing, Typing, Dictate and Laptop) 1177 Airport Blvd. Burlingame, CA
Hilton Sacramento – Arden West (Testing Accommodations Only - Writing, Typing, Dictate and Laptop) 2200 Harvard Street Sacramento, CA
Oakland Convention Center (Laptop &Writing) 1001 Broadway Oakland, CA
Southern California Test Centers Doubletree Hotel – Orange (Testing Accommodations Only - Writing, Typing, Dictate and Laptop) 100 The City Drive Orange, CA
Ontario Convention Center (Laptop &Writing) 2000 Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA
Ontario Gateway Hotel (Testing Accommodations Only - Writing, Typing, Dictate and Laptop) 2200 E Holt Blvd Ontario, CA
Pasadena Convention Center (Laptop & Writing) 300 East Green Street Pasadena, CA
Sheraton Mission Valley(Testing Accommodations Only - Writing, Typing, Dictate and Laptop) 1433 Camino Del Rio South San Diego, CA

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