File an application to take the exam in the Applicant Portal
Requesting Testing Accommodations
Date: October 24, 2023
The October 2023 First-Year Law Students’ Examination will be administered primarily in person at Prometric test centers. Test centers are in these locations:
Applicants who live significantly far from a Prometric test center can request to test remotely. Applicants testing remotely are required to meet the minimum system requirements of the Prometric remote software and take a mandatory practice exam.
An applicant must schedule their exam day time with Prometric by October 10, 2023.
Applicants can only bring into the test center the items listed on the Admittance Ticket as allowed items.
Arrival and check-In
During check-in, you will:
Before entering the testing room
Before you enter the testing room, you will be required to:
During the exam
Here is what you can expect during the exam:
End of test
Once the exam is complete, you will return to the reception/admin area to sign out. You will be required to:
Please note that these procedures will be subject to change as necessary.
Prometric provides a secure testing remote assessment platform, ProProctor™. Prometric has developed a proprietary, easy-to-use test taker interface that enables a test taker to schedule an appointment, confirm computer compatibility, and launch the exam.
Once you have scheduled your appointment with Prometric, you will need to download and install the ProProctor™ application on your computer. You will then be able to complete a system readiness check to ensure that your computer is ready to run the application on exam day.
On exam day, an easy-to-follow check-in process will guide you through the final preparations to take your exam before you are greeted by a Prometric Readiness Agent. During the two-way video conversation with the Readiness Agent, they will confirm your identity and ask you to perform a security check. The security check will include a 360-degree scan of your testing environment including the desk area, under the desk area, the corners of your room, and a search of items on your person and in your pockets.
After completing this process, you will be ready to take your online remotely proctored exam. Your proctor will monitor you live throughout the testing process using your computer’s webcam and microphone. Prometric’s staff provides real-time test taker support and protects the integrity of the testing event using automated tools built into the software.
For additional information on the technical and environmental requirements and the testing process, please review the ProProctor™ User Guide and this brief video. Please review all the information related to scheduling your practice exam and the actual exam on Prometric’s website.
Application filingsWithdrawalsExam preparation and exam day
Final filing/reinstatement deadline
Testing accommodations petition final filing deadline*
Address change deadline
Final eligibility deadline
Proof of law study (first-time applicants for the exam)
* The application must be received complete and documents uploaded to the Applicant Portal by the deadline.
Withdrawal refund policy
Requests to withdraw from the October 2023 First-Year Law Students’ Exam 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. See the Withdrawal Refund Policy.
Final deadline to withdraw from exam with no refund
Exam preparation and exam day
First date admittance tickets available
Practice exam available for scheduling via Prometric's website
First-Year Law Students' Exam available for scheduling via Prometric's website
All applicants must pay the required fees:
*Request received subsequent to filing application
The transfer of fees from one exam 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. The refund form and copies of the policy are available on the State Bar website. Withdrawal requests can be submitted by logging into the Applicant Portal.
Applicants who change their address after filing the application can make updates by logging into the Applicant Portal to update their profile. If admittance tickets are lost, a duplicate can be requested by contacting the Office of Admissions. Deadline to change address: September 15.
During the October 2023 exam, 25 new multiple-choice questions will be administered and operationally pretested. Information about the grading and scoring of the October 2023 First-Year Law Students’ Exam can be found here.
Results from the October 2023 First-Year Law Students’ Exam are scheduled to be released electronically through the Applicant Portal to applicants on December 8.