Some Information Related To The California Bar
The July California Bar
The next California Bar Exam takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 27–28, 2021. Applicants can begin the exam once the first session password is released, but no later than 8:30 a.m. on each day. The exam is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday at approximately 6:30 p.m. and on Wednesday at approximately 5:00 p.m.
The instructions for exam day will be posted in advance in a YouTube link on a California State Bar webpage. Applicants may watch these instructions at any time before the exam begins. It is recommended that applicants review the schedule of password delivery as well as the latest start times so they may plan accordingly.
Day 1: July 27, 2021
Essay 1 (60 mins.) Password Release 8:00 a.m. Start Time 8:30 a.m.
Essay 2 (60 mins.) Password Release 9:30 a.m. Start Time 10:00 a.m.
Essay 3 (60 mins.) Password Release 11:00 a.m. Start Time 11:30 a.m.
Essay 4 (60 mins.) Password Release 1:30 p.m. Start Time 2:00 p.m.
Essay 5 (60 mins.) Password Release 3:00 p.m. Start Time 3:30 p.m.
Performance Test (90 mins.) Password Release 4:30 p.m. Start Time 5:00 p.m.
Day 2: July 28, 2021
MBE Part 1 (90 mins.) Password Release 8:00 a.m. Start Time 8:30 a.m.
MBE Part 2 (90 mins.) Password Release 10:00 a.m. Start Time 10:30 a.m.
MBE Part 3 (90 mins.) Password Release 1:00 p.m. Start Time 1:30 p.m.
MBE Part 4 (90 mins.) Password Release 3:00 p.m. Start Time 3:30 p.m.
To start the test, applicants MUST log into the system with a password no later than the latest start time for that session. Note that no applicant will be permitted to log into the system after the indicated latest start time. This will result in the applicant NOT being permitted to continue with the exam. After an applicant logs into the system and verifies his or her identity, the first question will appear, and the time allotted to take the test will begin immediately. Applicants should NOT wait for further instruction.
Catching Up with California’s Provisional Licensing Program
In early 2021, the California Supreme Court approved the expansion of the Provisional Licensure Program. The expansion enables individuals who scored 1390 or higher, which is now the current passing score, any California Bar Exam administered between July 2015 and February 2020 to apply for Provisional Licensure regardless of when they graduated from law school. The State Bar estimates that up to 2,000 individuals may be eligible for the expanded program.
A State Bar of California panel approved a plan to allow the expansion of its provisional licensing program. An executive committee of the California State Bar’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the proposed plan as the latest in a series of responses by state bar officials to the debilitating effects of the pandemic.
Those who tested during this time frame can check their eligibility through the State Bar’s Applicant Portal. Additional eligibility criteria are detailed in Rule 9.49, which established the Provisional Licensure Program, and the Supreme Court’s order amending it and summarized in an FAQ. Once they complete 300 hours of supervised legal practice in the program and fulfill other requirements, participants in this expanded program will qualify for full licensure without retaking the bar exam.
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