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.
There are some basic steps in applying to take the bar exam in California. Although it may seem complicated, there are just three steps:
- In your first semester - register with the State Bar as a law student.
- Anytime in your last year - complete and file your Moral Character application.
- 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.
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.
Also, after taking a class in Professional Responsibility, you should apply to take the MPRE.
For students planning on taking the bar exam in another jurisdiction, further information may be found here:
Bar Exam Services
Director, Bar Exam Services
Office: Room 3314A
Assistant Director, Bar Exam Services
Office: Room 3313