Academic Resources: Bar Exam Services

Congratulations to our bar passers, many of whom were sworn in December 5 to practice law at the state and federal levels by retired San Francisco Superior Court Judge Lee D. Baxter (JD 74, LLD 08) and Chief Magistrate Judge James Larson of US District Court, Northern District of California. Welcome to the website for Bar Exam Services.

This website is designed to provide you with everything you need to know about the bar exam so that you will be as prepared as possible to sit for one of the most important exams in your life.

Golden Gate University School of Law is partnered with Themis Bar Review to offer GGU Law students Bar prep materials to everyone at no cost, from the moment they enter as a 1L until the time they graduate. Read about our Partnership with Themis Bar Review.

APPLYING FOR THE EXAM

BASIC INFORMATION

There are some basic steps in applying to take the bar exam in California. Although it may seem complicated, there are just three steps:
  1. In your first semester - register with the State Bar as a law student.
  2. Anytime in your last year - complete and file your Moral Character application.
  3. In your last semester - complete and file the application to take the bar exam.

Be aware that there are filing fees associated with these steps. Here is a summary of steps required to take the California bar exam.

For general information on the California bar exam, go to the State Bar's Website.

For those taking the bar exam using a laptop, go to the ExamSoft Website for more information.

 

Testing Accommodations

If you are receiving accommodations in law school, you should apply for accommodations on the bar exam as soon as possible. A good time is at the beginning of your second year.

Read about Testing Accommodations on the State Bar Website

 
MPRE

Also, after taking a class in Professional Responsibility, you should apply to take the MPRE.

Visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners Website

 
Other Jurisdictions

For students planning on taking the bar exam in another jurisdiction, further information may be found here:

Bar Admission Offices

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

MORE INFORMATION

Bar Exam Services

Rana Boujaoude
Director, Bar Exam Services
Office: Room 3314A

Marguerite Lee
Adjunct Professor
Assistant Director, Bar Exam Services
Office: Room 3313