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California Bar Examination
Bar Examination Overview

The California Bar Examination is a thee-day examination administered twice a year by the California State Board of Law Examiners, the last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of February and the last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of July. To be admitted to practice law in the State of California, you must pass the California Bar Examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), which is administered by the National Conference of Board Examiners on a separate test date.


Structure of the Examination

California Bar Examination consists of two sections: the written section, consisting of six essays and two Performance Tests (PT), and the 200-item Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). The written section is weighted 65% of the total, the MBE is weighted 35% of the total score.

Day One and Day Three of the California Bar Examination each consist of three essay questions and one Performance Test. Day Two of the Bar Examination is the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), which consists of 200 multiple-choice questions, standardized for all Bar Applicants nationwide.

Subject Matters


Subjects tested on the MBE section include:


  • Civil Procedure
  • Contracts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts


Subjects tested on the California section include:


  • The 7 subject matters tested on the MBE
  • Business Associations (Agency, Corporations, Partnership)
  • CA Civil Procedure
  • Community Property
  • CA Evidence
  • CA Professional Responsibility
  • Remedies
  • Trusts
  • Wills and Successions


For additional information about the California Bar Examination, please see the official State Bar of California website at



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