File an application online to take the examination
Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Time: Applicants using laptop computers must be seated no later than 7:20 a.m. All applicants must be seated no later than 7:30 a.m. The examination will begin immediately following the instructions. The morning essay session is four hours and the afternoon multiple-choice session is three hours.
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.
Timely Filing Deadline: August 1, 2018
$25 Late Filing Fee: August 2, 2018 – August 31, 2018
$200 Late Filing Fee: September 1, 2018 – September 17, 2018
Final Filing Deadline: September 17, 2018
Withdrawal Deadline (60% refund): July 2, 2018 – August 31, 2018
Withdrawal Deadline (30% refund): September 1, 2018 – September 17, 2018
Final Deadline to Withdraw from Examination (No Refund): September 18, 2018 – October 9, 2018
Other important deadlines
Test Center Change Request Deadline: September 17, 2018
Testing Accommodations Petition Final Filing Deadline: September 17, 2018 (Petitions must be complete and received in the San Francisco Office of Admissions)
Appeal of Testing Accommodations Petition Decision: October 1, 2018 Final Deadline (must be complete and received in the San Francisco Office of Admissions)
Final Eligibility Deadline: October 9, 2018
Emergency Testing Accommodations Petition Final Filing Deadline: October 12, 2018 (must be complete and received in the San Francisco Office of Admissions)
Laptop Certification Deadline: October 19, 2018
Pasadena Convention Center 300 East Green St. Pasadena Laptop Computers (L102) Writers (W102)
Ontario Gateway Hotel 2200 E. Holt Blvd. Ontario Testing Accommodations (S408) (For applicants with disabilities who have been granted accommodations)
South San Francisco Conference Center 255 S. Airport Blvd. South San Francisco Laptop Computers (L603) Writers (W603)
Holiday Inn San Francisco Airport 275 S. Airport Blvd. South San Francisco Testing Accommodations (S620) (For applicants with disabilities who have been granted accommodations)
All applicants must pay the required fees:
First-Year Law Students' Examination $624
Laptop Computer Fee $153
Late Laptop Computer Fee $15 (Request received subsequent to filing application)
Late filing information
In addition to the application fee, all applications filed between the dates listed below must be accompanied by a late filing fee:
August 2, 2018 – August 31, 2018 $25
September 1, 2018 – September 17, 2018 $200
Requests to withdraw from the October 2018 First-Year Law Students’ Examination must be received by the State Bar’s Office of Admissions on or before the dates listed below in order to qualify for a refund.
July 2, 2018 – August 31, 2018 (30 days after timely filing deadline) 60% refund
September 1, 2018 – September 17, 2018 (45 days after timely filing deadline) 30% refund
September 18, 2018 – October 9, 2018 0% refund
See the Withdrawal Refund Policy
The transfer of fees from one examination to another is prohibited.
Refunds requested due to hospitalization, death or call to active duty will be considered in accordance with the Committee of Bar Examiners’ refund policy. Copies of the policy and forms to request a refund and withdrawal from the examination are available on the State Bar website.
Applicants who change their address after filing the application can make updates by logging into the Admissions Status screen on the State Bar website.
If admittance tickets are lost, a duplicate can be printed from the Status Screen.
Results from the October 2018 First-Year Law Students’ Examination are scheduled to be mailed to applicants on December 7, 2018.