Applicants who are already licensed to practice law in another state or jurisdiction must register as an attorney applicant, complete a positive moral character determination and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination as well as the California Bar Examination.
California's Department of Social Services must also certify an applicant as compliant with any court order for child or family support.
If an applicant has an active license and has been certified as in good standing for at least four years before he or she takes the California Bar Exam, he or she may take the one-day Attorneys' Examination. Applicants don't have to provide proof of citizenship or residency, but if you are a foreign attorney, you may not take the Attorneys' Examination.
Attorneys with less than four years of active status, who are inactive or not in good standing must take the full two-day California Bar Exam, which includes the Multistate Bar Examination.
The State Bar of California Office of Admissions 845 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90017-2515