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Preparing for the Bar Exam: CA

California Bar Resources

Regent Law Faculty are absolutely committed to preparing students for their state's bar exam.

This guide is designed to complement, and should not be used to replace a formal bar exam preparatory course or information posted for current students by the Office of Career & Alumni Services.



Elective Courses that Support CA Essay Subjects
Family Law
Secured Transactions (UCC2)
Wills, Trusts & Estates

Military and Military Spouses

Because states recognize that service members and their families are required to move often and that this can be a hindrance to the practice of law by military spouses, many states admit spouses of active duty service members to the bar without additional examination even though they may not otherwise qualify for admission or reciprocity. Click below to read the pertinent rule for this state: 

Registered Military Spouse Attorney rule

California Essay + CA Performance Test + MBE + MPRE

Official Information Subjects   Questions
Business Associations  
– Corporations, sole proprietorships, partnerships, joint ventures, LLCs and agency
Civil Procedure 
– California and Federal
Community Property   
Constitutional Law  Federal   
Criminal Law  
Criminal Procedure   
– California and Federal
Professional Responsibility  
– California and ABA Model Rules
Real Property  
– Articles 1, 2, & Article 9 concerning fixtures
Wills and Succession   
– California Probate Code
Five essay questions.
Administered in one 3-hour session and one 2-hour session.
Analyze legal issues
Separate relevant from irrelevant facts
♦ Assess the consistency and reliability of facts
♦ Determine the need for and source of additional facts
Analyze applicable rules and principles
♦ Formulate legal theories from facts that may be only partly known or are being developed
Recognize and resolve ethical issues arising in practical situations
♦ Apply problem solving skills to diagnose a problem, generate alternative solutions, and develop a plan of action
Communicate effectively, whether advocating, advising a client, eliciting information, or effectuating a legal transaction
One 90 minute performance test.
Civil Procedure
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law & Procedure
Real Property
200 multiple choice
Questions evenly distributed among the six subjects
Two 3-hour sessions

Model Rules of Professional Conduct
Model Code of Judicial Conduct


60 multiple choice
2 hours
Anytime after first year of law school