The California Bar Exam assesses whether or not a candidate is competent to practice law in California. The exam is comprised of three unique parts - the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), state-specific essay portion, and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). A minimum scaled score of 288 out of 400 possible points is required to pass.
The first portion of the California Bar Exam, the essay portion, tests fundamental aspects of California law. Students must provide clear, well-organized compositions that demonstrate the ability to understand universal law concepts and communicate ideas effectively.
The second portion of the California Bar Exam is the Multistate Performance Test, or MPT. One 90-minute item is administered, which challenge examinees to separate relevant from irrelevant facts and communicate complex legal concepts effectively. The MPT is designed to test students’ ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation.
The third and final portion of the California Bar Exam is the Multistate Bar Examination, or the MBE. The MBE is administered twice annually; once on the last Wednesday in February and again on the last Wednesday in July.
AdaptiBar prepares students for the MBE portion of the California Bar Examination. The MBE occurs on one day, which is divided into two, three-hour parts, each consisting of 100 questions. When answering MBE questions, students apply fundamental legal principles instead of local case or statutory law. During the MBE, students analyze fact situations and apply black letter law. Students choose only one correct answer - the best answer - from the four available choices.
The California Exam is a 2 day exam.
For more information on the California Bar Exam, visit the official California Bar Examination site.
Interested in California Bar Exam pass rates? We’ve collected the California Bar Exam statistics dating back to 2002: California Bar Exam Results