The next California Bar Exam is scheduled for February 23-24, 2021. The exam is currently expected to be administered primarily online. Those approved for testing accommodations that cannot effectively be provided remotely and those with extenuating circumstances that prevent them from taking the exam online will be accommodated at limited in-person testing locations.
Applications are now available in the Applicant Portal.
Preparing for the exam may take months. Help yourself by looking at what the test covers and how it is graded.
Results from the February bar exam are released in mid-May. The results for the October bar exam are expected to be released in mid-January 2021. The State Bar is actively working on shortening the grading timeline so that applicants receive their results on an expedited schedule.
Credit and debit card payments: For credit or debit card payments, a processing fee of 2.5 percent will be added to all charges. If your credit or debit card transaction is denied, you will not be able to submit your application until you provide another Mastercard, Visa, American Express, or Discover card.
ACH (e-check) Payment: You may also make payments by ACH. There is no processing fees associated with ACH payments. You will need your Bank Routing Number and Bank Account Number. It takes seven days for ACH payments to be processed by our bank processor. If within that seven days a payment is returned for insufficient funds or declined for any reason, your application will be considered incomplete until a replacement payment with any service charges are received.
All declined payments will incur a $20 service charge added to any late fees in effect. The application deadline will be enforced if the payment is not received within the published deadlines.