Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, February 23–24, 2021
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 exam will begin immediately following the instructions. Applicants should plan to log in at least 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 exam is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday at approximately 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesday at approximately 5:00 p.m. The exam for those applicants who have applied for and are eligible to take the Attorneys' Exam will be administered on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Applicants granted extended time may have different schedules, which are communicated to them individually in advance of the exam.
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 exam.
Notice Regarding Scope of the California Bar Exam
Applicants are expected to know the California Rules of Professional Conduct in effect at the time the exam is administered (current law). The new Rules were in effect as of November 1, 2018, and therefore will be current law.
Final Filing Deadline: February 9, 2021
Withdrawal Deadline (60% refund): October 1, 2020–December 2, 2020
Withdrawal Deadline (30% refund): December 3, 2020–December 17, 2020
Withdrawal Deadline (0% refund): December 18, 2020–February 9, 2021
Immediate repeaters will have 10 business days after the release of the October Bar Exam results to timely file for the February exam.
Timely Filing Deadline: November 2, 2020
$50.00 Late Filing Fee: November 3, 2020–November 30, 2020
$250.00 Late Filing Fee: December 1, 2020–January 4, 2021
Final filing deadline: February 9, 2021
Other Important Deadlines
Final filing/Reinstatement deadline: January 4, 2021
Change of Address/Email Address: January 4, 2021
Exam Type Change Request Deadline (Attorney Applicants only): January 4, 2021
Testing Accommodations Petition Final Filing Deadline: January 4, 2021 (Petitions must be complete and received in the San Francisco Office of Admissions.)
Appeal of Testing Accommodations Petition Final Filing Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Appeals must be complete and received in the San Francisco Office of Admissions.)
First mock exam available: TBD
First date admit tickets available: TBD
Final Eligibility Deadline: February 9, 2021
Proof of Admission (Attorney Applicant): February 9, 2021
Proof of Law Study (Applicant for the General Bar Exam): February 9, 2021
Final deadline to withdraw from exam: February 9, 2021
Deadline for Remote Exam Takers to Complete Two Required Mock Exams: TBD
Emergency Testing Accommodations Petition Final Filing Deadline: February 12, 2021 (Petitions must be complete and received in the San Francisco Office of Admissions.)
Deadline for Remote Exam Takers to Download Exam Files: February 19, 2021
Laptop Exam Answer File Upload Deadline: February 25, 2021–12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Extended Time Testing Accommodations Exam Answer File Upload Deadline: February 26, 2021 or February 27, 2021–12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time), depending on number of testing days, which will be specified on the Testing Accommodations Notice.
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.