After completing one year of study, students in the Law Office Study Program (LOS) will be required to take and pass the First-Year Law Students’ Examination to continue their legal education. If you pass the exam within the first three consecutive administrations of becoming eligible to take it, you will receive credit for all law study completed up to the time the exam is passed. Applicants who pass the exam thereafter will only receive credit for one year of law study.
Completing four years of study in the LOS Program does not guarantee that you will become licensed to practice law.
Students who successfully complete the LOS Program and meet all program requirements become eligible to take the California Bar Examination. Please note that bar exam passage rates are generally lower for students of the LOS Program than for students at traditional law schools. Exam statistics on passage rates are available on the State Bar’s website for review.
Like other applicants, students of the LOS Program must pass the bar exam, receive a positive moral character determination, and meet all other requirements for admission.
For questions related to the LOS Program, please contact the Office of Admissions at Admissions@calbar.ca.gov or at 800-843-9053.