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Fulfilling all State Bar requirements actually begins when you are first admitted to law school. All first-year students enrolled in the JD program must initially register with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.

Due to its accreditation by the Committee of Bar Examiners, after successfully completing Concord Law School’s Juris Doctor law degree program, students may apply for admission to the State Bar of California.

Three components are necessary to be admitted to the State Bar of California and practice law:

  1. A positive determination of moral character
  2. A minimum passing score on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)
  3. A passing score on the California Bar Exam

Passing the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)

This test is a 2-hour, 60-question multiple-choice examination administered throughout the country three times per year in March, August, and November. Unlike the bar examination, the MPRE may be taken during law school or after graduation. It is recommended that you take it upon completion of your third-year Professional Responsibility course. Concord JD students have free access to Kaplan Bar Review's MPRE prep program.

Passing the California Bar Exam

California Bar Exam Requirements and Dates

This 2-day test is administered twice a year in February and July. The format includes essay exams, a performance test problem, and the multiple-choice Multistate Bar Exam.

How We Prepare You

Concord’s curriculum and test-taking skills program are both designed to provide you with a solid foundation for this all-important examination. Every one of the subjects on which you may be tested on the exam are required courses taken by all Concord JD students.

As a Concord JD student, you will take a two-semester course called Capstone in your final year, which is designed to reinforce the knowledge and skills you will need to pass the California Bar Exam. In addition, our students are given a significant discount on Kaplan Bar Review’s bar preparation program, which can help with your studies in the months leading up to the exam itself.

Opportunities for Licensure in Other States

Concord alumni who pass the California Bar Exam and are admitted to practice may become eligible to sit for the bar examination in other states. Currently, Concord graduates who possess a California license may immediately pursue licensure in the states of North Carolina and Wisconsin. For information about licensure available in these and other states, please visit Purdue Global’s Licensure and State Authorization page. Students are highly encouraged to seek guidance from the bar admissions office for their state of residence.

B&P 6061.7 Disclosure

California Business and Professions Code (B&P) 6061.7 requires a law school that is not approved by the American Bar Association to provide certain information on its website. View the reporting form.

Concord Law School Bar Exam Pass Rate

Bar Exam Pass Rate Overview
  • Total takers: 1,252
  • First-time passers: 425
  • First-time pass rate: 34%
  • Repeat passers: 270
  • Ultimate pass rate: 56%

View Concord's full California Bar Exam pass rate information.

Pass Rates by Exam Date
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Refer to Purdue Global’s State Licensure and Certifications page for state-specific licensure requirements.