All students should be aware that in order to practice law, it is necessary to be admitted to a state Bar after graduation from law school. Each state Bar has character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission. Students are advised to contact the Committee of Bar Examiners in the state(s) in which they intend to practice for information regarding these requirements. Admission to and successful completion of law school does not ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements for admission to the Bar of California or any other state. The National Conference of Bar Examiners website contains information on state bar exams, admission requirements, and links to most state Bar offices.
All California State Bar forms are available on the California Bar website.
|EXAMINATION||EXAM DATES||APPLICATION AVAILABILITY||TIMELY FILLING||FINAL FILING DEADLINE|
|FEBRUARY 2015||February 24, 25 & 26, 2015||October 1, 2014||November 3, 2014||January 15, 2015|
|July 28, 29 & 30, 2015||March 2, 2015||April 1, 2015||May 15, 2015|
|FEBRUARY 2016||February TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
Since 2012 the California Bar Examination application has asked applicants for their “NCBE Number.” In the instructions that accompany the bar examination application, applicants are advised of the following:
If you intend to practice law in the State of California, you must register with the California State Bar. Even if you do not plan to practice law in California upon graduation, you must register with the California State Bar if you want to participate in Practical Training as a law student after your first year.
In addition to passing the California Bar Examination, applicants for admission to practice law in California must take and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (the MPRE exam). This is available by separate application. Applicants may take the exam anytime after completing their first year of study and after registering with the Committee of Bar Examiners. The California State Bar requires applicants to achieve a minimum scaled score of 86 on the MPRE.
In addition to passing the required examinations, applicants seeking admission to practice law in California must also submit an Application for Determination of Moral Character. This application initiates the moral character review process. Applicants should be aware that the review process is very time consuming, often taking up to 180 days to complete.
While the Moral Character application may be submitted at any time, please submit early. This is especially important if you have any reason to fear that you will not receive a positive determination of moral character. If something negative is found during the review process, the Committee will try to provide alternatives for clearance. Applicants are not eligible for admission to the Bar until a positive moral character determination has been made and all other admission requirements have been met.
The California State Bar now requires the date of your fingerprinting to be within three (3) months of the filing date of your Moral Character application. Live scan fingerprinting is usually available on “To Do Day” each semester on the Dobbs Atrium.
For a list of authorized fingerprinting locations, please visit the California Bar website.