Preparing You for the California First-Year Law Students’ Examination (FYLSE)

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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.

Upon successful completion of the first year, you must sit for the First-Year Law Students’ Exam (FYLSE) administered by the State Bar of California, also known as the California Baby Bar Exam. The FYLSE is required of all students who have completed their first year of law study at a school not accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) or the State Bar.

NOTE: In limited circumstances, you may continue taking law courses pending the results of the FYLSE. To continue in Concord's JD degree program, you must pass the FYLSE within the first three consecutive administrations after you become eligible. Passing within that period allows you to receive credit for all law school classes completed up to that time.

Exam Coverage, Frequency, and Location

The FYLSE is designed to evaluate your substantive knowledge as well as analytical and writing skills. Your success on this exam reflects the knowledge and skills you acquired in law school. This 7-hour, 1-day examination consists of four 1-hour essays and 100 multiple-choice questions in the areas of contracts, criminal law, and torts.

The exam is administered twice per calendar year: at the end of June and at the end of October. Test locations are in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

How We Prepare You

Concord's first-year curriculum is designed to provide you with the substantive law knowledge and test-taking skills necessary to pass the FYLSE. In addition to your coursework, Concord provides a no-cost comprehensive review program known as First-Year Intensive (FYI).

Associate Dean Steve Bracci, a nationally recognized expert in regulatory exam preparation, developed FYI. Bracci continues to teach FYI and has taught law and lectured in bar review programs across the country for more than 30 years.

The FYI program includes individually critiqued writing assignments, multiple-choice strategies and quizzes, optional substantive law review lectures, and live online exam-taking technique sessions.

FYI culminates in an in-person review weekend with Dean Bracci the weekend before the FYLSE in the southern California exam location (generally Pasadena) for intensive review sessions, including a full practice exam.

FYLSE California Pass Rates

Since Concord students started sitting for the First-Year Law Students’ Exam in October 1999, 3,620 students have taken the exam. They have an ultimate pass rate of 50% (1,151 first-time and 643 repeat-taker passers, for a total of 1,794 students passing).