General Bar Examination
The California Bar Examination is given twice each year in February and July. The exam will be given over two days and consist of the following parts:
- Five one-hour essay questions
- One 90-minute Performance Test
- 200 multiple-choice questions (Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
The written portion of the examination (essay questions and Performance Test) is administered on the first day, with three essay questions given in the morning session and two essay questions plus the Performance Test given in the afternoon session. The MBE is administered on the second day, with 100 questions given in the morning and 100 questions given in the afternoon.
The examination covers 13 subjects, including Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Community Property, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Real Property, Remedies, Torts, Trusts and Wills and Succession.
Preparation & Study
Preparing for the exam may take months. Help yourself by looking at what the test covers and how it is graded.