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Bar Exam Guide: California

Guide to the Bar exam

The Basics

Components of the California Bar Exam:

1. Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) 50%

2. State specific essays

3. State specific performance test


California does not offer admission to its bar through reciprocity. 

Where to find more information:

The California State Bar

A libguide to the California Bar Exam published by the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

Free resources:

Past exams dating back to the February 2012 California Bar Examination can be located on the State Bar of California website.

Archived exams dating before February 2012 can be located on the calweasel website.