Bar Exam Information
Links to the websites for other states’ bar examiners can be found at the Office of the Registrar.
Most states administer the bar exam twice a year, the last week of February and the last week of July, with applications due approximately 4 months prior to the exam. Some states have earlier deadlines. Below you will find a link to a list of all the state bar examiners in the country. Please check the state in which you plan to practice for its rules and deadlines.
Most law school graduates take the July exam. Most states do not permit anyone to sit for the bar exam who has not actually graduated from law school.
In addition to registering for the exam, some states (including CA) require you to register as a law student, which, of course, entails an extra fee. Many California law schools urge their students to register as 1Ls because they know their students will practice in California. Since so many of our students do not practice in this state, and since there is no late fee, we wait until your last year to urge you to register. California urges you to register before taking the MPRE.
Most states (including CA and NY) require the MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam). The MPRE is administered in November, March, and August of each year. The cost is $70. This two-hour and five minute exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. It is much easier than the regular bar exam.
- 3 quarter units of Introduction to American Law
- 3 quarter units of Professional Responsibility
- 3 quarter units of legal research, writing and analysis
- a minimum of 8 quarter units of subjects tested on New York bar exam
See See list of Stanford Law School courses approved by NYBOLE as meeting these requirements.
California State Bar
Office of Admissions
845 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017-2515
Los Angeles: 213 765.1000
San Francisco: 415 538.2000
New York Bar
State Board of Law Examiners
Building 3 – Corporate Plaza
254 Washington Avenue Extension
Albany, NY 12203-5195