Bar Exam Format
The California Bar Examination currently consists of 200 Multistate Bar Examination questions, five essay questions, and one 90-minute California Performance Test. Although the testing pattern differed in the past, the current testing format was implemented for the July, 2017 bar exam and for all California bar exams thereafter.
As of July, 2017, the California Bar Exam went from a 3-day exam format to a two-day exam format. The first day of each bar exam now consists of five essay exams and one 90-minute Performance exam. Total testing time for day one is 6 1/2 hours. The second day is entirely devoted to testing 200 multiple-choice questions. Total testing time for day two is 6 hours.
California Performance Test (PT)
The California Performance Test (PT) is now a 90-minute skills-based exam designed to test an applicant's fundamental lawyering skills by applying law in a closed-universe library to a file of specific facts, beginning with a memorandum or letter to the applicant that directs the applicant on the task to be completed. This 90-minute format brings California in conformity with the National Conference of Bar Examiners that uses the 90-minute Performance Test in the rest of the United States.
California Essay Exam (CEE)
The California Essay Exam (CEE) now tests five one-hour essays in the following subjects: Business Associations (Corporations and Agency and Partnerships), Civil Procedure (Federal Rules and/or California), CA Community Property, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, Evidence (Federal Rules and/or California), ABA and CA Professional Responsibility, Real Property, Remedies, Torts, Trusts, and CA Wills and Succession.
Multistate Bar Exam (MBE)
The MBE consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test the following areas: Civil Procedure (Federal Rules of Civil Procedure), Constitutional Law, Contracts and Sales, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence (Federal Rules of Evidence), Real Property, and Torts.
- Business Associations (Corporations and Agency and Partnerships)
- Civil Procedure (Federal Rules and California)
- Community Property (California)
- Constitutional Law
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Evidence (Federal Rules and California)
- Professional Responsibility (California)
- Real Property
- Wills and Succession (California)
- Civil Procedure
- Community Property
- Professional Responsibility