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California Bar Exam

Practicing lawyers in California must pass the California Bar Exam and be licensed by the State Bar. California lawyers can meet the legal education requirement in different ways. Most receive a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from law schools registered by the State Bar (California-accredited) or approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). But there are other ways to get a legal education such as an online LLM. For more information, please contact us at info@abr.com.hk for assistance. You can begin the admissions process by registering as a law student or attorney applicant.

Application Period

The California Bar Examination is given twice each year in February and July.


Exam Date Application Available Final Filing deadline
Feb exam Oct 1 16 Jan
July exam March 1 15 July

Exam Subjects

The examination covers 13 subjects, including Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Community Property, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Real Property, Remedies, Torts, Trusts and Wills and Succession.

Day1 Morning 3 essay questions
Afternoon 2 essay questions plus the Performance Test
Day2 Morning 100 multiple-choice questions (Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
Afternoon 100 multiple-choice questions (Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)


Exam Venue

Northern California Test Centers Cal Expo & State Fair (Laptop & Writing) 1600 Exposition Blvd
Sacramento, CA
Crown Plaza Hotel (Testing Accommodations Only - Writing, Typing, Dictate and Laptop) 1177 Airport Blvd. Burlingame, CA
Hilton Sacramento – Arden West (Testing Accommodations Only - Writing, Typing, Dictate and Laptop) 2200 Harvard Street Sacramento, CA
Oakland Convention Center (Laptop &Writing) 1001 Broadway Oakland, CA
Southern California Test Centers Doubletree Hotel – Orange (Testing Accommodations Only - Writing, Typing, Dictate and Laptop) 100 The City Drive Orange, CA
Ontario Convention Center (Laptop &Writing) 2000 Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA
Ontario Gateway Hotel (Testing Accommodations Only - Writing, Typing, Dictate and Laptop) 2200 E Holt Blvd Ontario, CA
Pasadena Convention Center (Laptop & Writing) 300 East Green Street Pasadena, CA
Sheraton Mission Valley(Testing Accommodations Only - Writing, Typing, Dictate and Laptop) 1433 Camino Del Rio South San Diego, CA

1. What does the tuition fee includes?

The tuition fee includes exam materials for the UBE and MPRE exam. This online course is tailored for busy working professionals and is designed for lawyers without US JD degree to help you pass the US bar. With a personalised and supported framework, you’ll study at your own pace, guided by industry experts and a dedicated support team. This includes unlimited submission of essay and practice questions.

2. What is the difference between BARBRI and ABR?

Asia Bar Review is the leading legal education Company in Asia. We are established in 2011 and is the first and most comprehensive Company that offers one stop service for the US, UK and Hong Kong bar exam. We partner with BARBRI to bring the best legal education service to Asia.

We aim to be life- long partners of the legal profession and to make legal education accessible, innovative and practical. We also collaborate with top US law schools to offer summer programs, scholarship programs and online Masters programs to the legal profession in Asia.

3. Who can take CA bar?

All qualified lawyer in good standing can take the California bar exam. If you are unsure whether you are eligible please contact us for free assessment.

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