On May 11, the State Bar submitted to the Supreme Court a work plan for the delivery of the First-Year Law Students' Exam and the September Bar exam
Date: Wednesday and Thursday, September 9–10, 2020
Time: Applicants will be ready to begin the exam no later than 8:20 a.m. All applicants must be online no later than 8:30 a.m. The examination will begin immediately following the instructions. Applicants should plan to log in at least twenty (20) minutes early. Applicants must be online no later than 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon sessions; instructions will begin promptly at 1:45 p.m.
The examination is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday at approximately 5:30 p.m. and on Thursday at approximately 5:00 p.m. The examination for those applicants who have applied for and are eligible to take the Attorneys' Examination will be administered on Wednesday only. Applicants granted extended time may have different schedules, which are communicated to them individually in advance of the examination.
Additional information concerning the timing and other administrative rules and policies are contained in the admittance ticket bulletin that will be available for printing with your admittance ticket for the examination. The admittance ticket bulletin is also available online.
Notice Regarding Scope of the California Bar Examination
Applicants are expected to know the California Rules of Professional Conduct in effect at the time the examination is administered (current law). The new Rules were in effect as of November 1, 2018 and therefore will be current law.
Timely Filing Deadline: May 13, 2020
$50 Late Filing Fee: May 14, 2020–June 15, 2020
$250 Late Filing Fee: June 16, 2020–July 16, 2020
Final Filing Deadline: July 16, 2020
Withdrawal Deadline (full refund of testing fees): September 8, 2020
Exam Opens for Repeaters: May 8, 2020 After 6:00 p.m.
Timely Filing Deadline: July 8, 2020
$50.00 Late Filing Fee: July 9, 2020 - July 16, 2020
$250.00 Late Filing Fee: NA
Final filing deadline: July 16, 2020
Other Important Deadlines
Examination Type Change Request Deadline (Attorney Applicants only): July 16, 2020
Testing Accommodations Petition Final Filing Deadline: July 16, 2020 (Petitions must be complete and received in the San Francisco Office of Admissions.)
Appeal of Testing Accommodations Petition Final Filing Deadline: August 13, 2020 (Appeals must be complete and received in the San Francisco Office of Admissions.)
Final Eligibility Deadline: August 26, 2020
Proof of Admission (first-time Attorney Applicant): August 26, 2020
Proof of Law Study (first-time Applicant for the General Bar Examination): August 26, 2020
Emergency Testing Accommodations Petition Final Filing Deadline: August 28, 2020 (Petitions must be complete and received in the San Francisco Office of Admissions.)
Laptop Certification Deadline: September 4, 2020
Laptop Exam Answer File Upload Deadline: September 11, 2020–12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Extended Time Testing Accommodations Exam Answer File Upload Deadline: September 12, 2020 or September 13, 2020–12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time), depending on number of testing days, which will be specified on the Testing Accommodations Notice
First date admit tickets available and ExamSoft download ready:August 5, 2020
Final filing/Reinstatement deadline:July 16, 2020
Change of Address:July 16, 2020
Applicants whose addresses change after filing their applications are encouraged to notify the Office of Admissions of a change of address as soon as possible. Applicants are able to update their admissions file with the new address by accessing their account through the Applicant Portal.