California Occupational License

License Title:
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Licensing Agency:
     The State Bar of California
     Office of Admissions

Licensing Agency Contact Information:
     Address: 180 Howard Street
San Francisco,  CA  94105 - 1639

     Phone Number: (415) 538-2300
     Fax Number: (415) 538-2304

     E-mail Address:
     Internet Address:

License Requirements, Fees, and Examination Information:
Practice as an attorney in the state of California.

Registration as a Law Student: $119.00
First-Year Law Students' Examination: $624
Attorney Registration: $214
Bar Examination General Applicant: $677
Bar Examination Attorney Applicant: $983
Laptop Fee: $153
Moral Character Determination: $551
Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination: $84
Additional fees for late filing and other special programs or evaluations.

Bar Exam Frequency: Twice a year in late February and July; Timely filing, November 1 prior to February and April 1 for July; Final deadline to apply with late fees, January 15 (February)and June 15 (July).

Exam Locations: San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles area, Sacramento and San Diego areas.

Experience Requirement: Applicants must complete the requisite pre-legal education (minimum of two years of college work or achieving certain scores on specified CLEP examinations)before beginning the study of law. And, receive a JD degree from a ABA approved or California accredited law schools, 4 years of law study at an unaccredited law school (fixed-facility, distance learning or correspondence) or 4 years of law study through the Law Office of Judge's Chambers program as specified in the statute and the State Bar Rules.

Average Time to Release Bar Examination Bar Examination Results:
February - 12 weeks
July - 16 weeks

Average time for processing a Moral Character Determination application - 6 months

Renewal Period: Once admitted to the State Bar of California, members must pay an annual fee.

Authority: The State Bar of California acts as an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court in attorney admissions matters. The legislature has established certain requirements for admission to practice law in California as found in Sections 6060 and 6062 of the California Business and Professions Code.
Occupations To Which This License Applies:
Occupation TitleSOC Code
Lawyers 231011