Apply for the First Year Law Students' Exam

Welcome to The State Bar of California's Application for the First-Year Law Students' Examination

An important message from the State Bar of California:

The Application for the October 2018 First-Year Law Students' Examination is closed.

If you do not receive an email confirmation, you have not submitted the First-Year Law Students' Examination Online Application correctly.

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If you have an email spam blocker, please also add to your contact or safe list. Once your application is approved, approximately 8 weeks prior to the examination, you will receive an email from this email address informing you that you can print your admittance ticket through the Admission Status Screen.

The Timely filing deadline for applicants is August 1, 2018.

All applications have to be received in the Office of Admissions and complete no later than the Final Filing Deadline on September 17, 2018.

If you are already admitted in any jurisdiction, including foreign jurisdiction, the First-Year Law Students' Examination is not required.

You must have a US Social Security number to Apply for the First-Year Law Students' Examination. Please do not use a Tax Identification Number.  Click here for details.

Please do not type in foreign accents on the First -Year Law Students' Examination online application.

You must first register as a law student or as an attorney with the State Bar of California Office of Admissions.

Any applicable examination late fees or additional charges in effect at the time your registration is approved must be paid.

You only need to Register once!

You must have an approved Registration Application within 10 days of submitting your examination application or by the Final Filing Deadline, whichever is earlier; otherwise, your examination application will be terminated and your fees refunded.

Once an examination application is terminated, if you reapply, any applicable late fees will be charged. (Click here for detail.)

Most applicants attending a California Law School registered when they first began the study of law.

If you have previously taken an examination administered by the State Bar of California's Office of Admissions, you are already registered.

If you have not previously registered, click here to go to the Registration Application.

A VISA or MASTERCARD credit card is required to use the online application system.  Debit Cards with the VISA or MASTERCARD logo are also accepted.

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If you have not registered with the Office of Admissions, you must first submit the Registration application.

Instructions for Application to take the First-Year Law Students' Examination

According to Title 4, Division 1, Chapter 5, Rule 4.55 of the Rules of the State Bar of California (Admission Rules):

A general applicant intending to seek admission to practice law in California must take the First-Year Law Students' Examination unless the applicant

  1. has satisfactorily completed
    1. at least two years of college work as defined by these rules; and (2) the first-year course of instruction
      1. at a law school that was approved by the American Bar Association or accredited by the Committee when the study was begun or completed; and
      2. the law school has advanced the person, whether or not on probation, to the second-year of Instruction; or
      3. is exempt by reason of study in a foreign law school as provided by these rules

Separate and distinct applications are required for the registration, moral character determination, First-Year Law Students' Examination, California Bar Examination, and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination. Please review the schedule of fees for the various application fees.

Summary of Requirements for Admission to Practice Law in California

Please carefully read the summary of requirements for admission to practice law in California before completing the online registration. If you wish to have a copy of the current Admissions Rules, you can access the Rules on the Internet by visiting the Admissions portion of the State Bar's website at

To be admitted to practice law in California, an applicant must:

  1. Complete the necessary pre-legal education;
  2. File a registration application and be permitted to register as a law student or attorney applicant;
  3. Complete the required legal education;
  4. File an application, establish eligibility, take and pass the First-Year Law Students' Examination, or establish exemption from the examination;
  5. File an application, establish eligibility, take and pass the California Bar Examination;
  6. File an application for moral character determination and receive a positive moral character determination from the Committee of Bar Examiners;
  7. File an application, take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, and achieve a scaled score of 86.00 or greater, which examination is administered and graded by the National Conference of Bar Examiners;
  8. Comply with California court-ordered child or family support obligations.

There is no requirement of citizenship or residency, and there is no reciprocity with other states.

How To Use The State Bar of California's Application to take the First-Year Law Students' Examination

To complete the online application, simply type your answers in the corresponding fields or select your answers from the pop-up lists (where applicable).

After you complete a screen, click the NEXT button at the bottom or on one of the sections listed on the left column to move to a different screen. Before you are allowed to jump screens, we will inspect your data on the current screen for errors or inconsistencies. If errors or omissions are found, you will be returned to the screen to correct your answer(s). Otherwise, your data will be saved and you will proceed to the requested screen. We also allow you to skip to another screen without your new data being saved. Be aware that if you use the Skip & Jump function on the left column, data on the current screen will not be saved and will have to be re-entered prior to submittal.

Once you have completed the application, click the 'SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION' button located on the last screen to submit the application.

Click here if you have any technical questions or need assistance with this online application.

Returning users: If you have submitted your application and need to access your confirmation page again, log on with your username and password and access the application manager.