California LCSW Law & Ethics Exam
Price: $295.00

The Therapist Development Center is proud to report that 95% of our customers pass the LCSW Law and Ethics Exam using our LCSW exam prep study system. The LCSW Law and Ethics Exam was created to ensure that unlicensed social workers understand the California laws and social work ethics that govern clinical practice. Passing the LCSW Law and Ethics Exam is required in order to obtain your license as a clinical social worker in the state of California. The California LCSW Law and Ethics Exam must be taken annually until you pass in order to maintain your status as an Associate Social Worker, which is necessary to accrue your clinical hours.  If you fail this exam, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) will require you to wait 90-days, pay a $100 re-examination fee, and complete an additional 12-hour Law & Ethics CE course to be eligible to retake the Law & Ethics Exam. Our LCSW Law and Ethics Exam Study System includes INSTANT online access to:

  • An organized, step-by-step LCSW exam prep study plan for the LCSW Law and Ethics exam
  • 15 online AUDIO workshops with downloadable handouts
  • A complete review of essential content areas in law and ethics
  • Effective study tools for the California Law and Ethics exam
  • Clinical examples from social work professionals to help you learn instead of memorizing
  • Clear test-taking strategies to help you stay organized and focused on exam day
  • 4 Law and Ethics Practice Exams with audio rationales created by experienced exam prep coaches
  • Tools to manage test anxiety
  • Coaches who are available for ongoing questions and support

The California LCSW Law and Ethics exam is weighed 40% Law and 60% Ethics. Within the Law portion, there are three (3) subtopics: Confidentiality, Privilege, and Consent (14%), Limits to Confidentiality / Mandated Reporting (16%), and Legal Standards for Professional Practice (10%). Within Ethics the three (3) subtopics are Professional Competence and Preventing Harm (18%), Therapeutic Relationship (27%), and Business Practices and Policies (15%).

Our exam study system will address each and every one of these topics in an organized and weighted fashion to give you exactly what you need to pass. This online study program is designed to maximize learning and minimize stress. The California LCSW Law and Ethics exam program takes approximately 35 hours to complete once and can be repeated as needed as many times as you want! Access is set for 4 months, but extensions are FREE. We are with you until you pass the LCSW Law and Ethics Exam!

And don’t just take our word for it. Read some of the testimonials below from those who have used TDC to pass their California Law & Ethics Exam and are now one step closer to becoming a California LCSW. Our program will give you the knowledge, skill set, and confidence you need to ace this exam!

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Average: 5 (354 votes)

Course Reviews

Really appreciated my coach’s help on questions. Thank you Asya!

The first time I took the exam I failed because I didn’t use TDC as I was supposed to. Had a hard time prioritizing study time and suffered the consequences. My second time around I requested an extension, got serious, buckled down more and followed the program as designed and flew through the test! The actual test was easier than the practice exams from TDC. I walked in confident and knew I had passed the exam without breaking a sweat! Thank you TDC for a great experience.

I am extremely pleased with this program as it prepared me to successfully pass the LCSW Law & Ethics exam. If I could give it 20 stars I would and here's why..... I had used another program to prepare for the Law & Ethics exam but didn't pass and I was so disappointed. I was told about the The Therapist Development Center study program by a coworker and decided to give it a try. The Therapist Development Center study program prepares you to successfully pass the exam by providing information on SW ethics, CA laws/policies, reporting mandates, providing several practice test (which was extremely helpful for me) and the program prepares you to think like the BBB. While doing the program, I experienced nervousness and anxiety during the first couple practice test. As I took additional practice test I became comfortable and the nervousness and anxiety began to diminish dramatically. When I was at the testing site to take the actual LCSW Law & Ethics exam I had no nervousness or anxiety (I felt cooler than an fan). Additionally, what was beneficial to me is that many of the scenarios & questions in the programs practice tests were very similar (not the same) to the actual text questions so I knew how to choose the best answer for the questions. All in all, I think this is by far the best test prep program on the market and I will be back in a couple years to utilized this program in preparation take the LCSW exam for licensure.

Shantel R.

I thought the program was easy to understand, thorough and well put together. When I tool the test I felt very prepared and fully expect to use the exam prep again, when I take my LCSW exam.

Great aid. I was prepared and calm during the whole process. This guide prepared me for every step of the process and took away my anxiety. Very detail oriented and not memorization. Learning how to take this test and how to look at the questions made all the deference in the world. Thanks TDC!!

Therapist development center made me feel well prepared during the exam. The practice exams were very similar to the actual test.

I would have failed without using TDC for sure and also I would highly recommend that when using this study aid, individuals follow the at least 8 week time to prepare before take the Law and Ethics exam.

Biggest shoutout and thank you to TDC!!!! This program is so worth it. Every part of the program allowed me to be prepared and feel confident going into the L & E exam. The audio rationales were so helpful and really helped me learn from my mistakes for the mock exams. The TDC Coach, Asya, was quick to respond to my questions. I was feeling disappointed with my mock scores, but Asya really helped and challenged me on how to think with exam questions. I really like how this program helps you understand the material and not just memorize the information. I can't wait to use TDC for my clinical exam! Thank you TDC!!

Nailed it! Thank you, TDC. The materials were very comprehensive. The repetition and extensive explanations, as well as the "quick tip" sheets, made all the difference. On the day of the exam, I reviewed the quick study guides, listened to the final pep talk, and passed the test. Highly recommend this study program.

If you're visiting this website, save yourself the headache of comparing it to other courses and prolonging the decision: just purchase this course. I have yet to find another course that provides all of the information you need to pass this exam in an organized way that allows you to put your stress to bed. I moved from Texas, so everything was brand new to me but this test adequately prepared me for what I need to know to pass, as well as practice ethically and legally in California.

Therapist Development Center was the difference in me passing and failing this exam. I went in a lot more confident than I would have had I not prepared with them!

I usually have a lot of anxiety when taking exams. I took all the advice TDC provided and it helped me so much on test day. I just kept swimming through it and passed my first time!

Although I felt very prepared to take the exam, anxiety began to get the best of me a week leading into it. I especially began doubting myself after taking Final Exam I because I received a 60%. I even thought about rescheduling it, which I'm glad I did not! Instead, I decided to schedule a coaching appointment with Asya four days before my exam, which I found helpful. In addition to reviewing some of the vignettes, she ended the call by acknowledging that she could tell I was anxious and reminded me on the importance of grounding myself. On the day of my exam, I was very nervous and woke up with a bad headache, so I took Asya's advice on grounding very seriously and I did just that. I reminded myself, I knew what I knew at that point and to just do the best I can. Once I began the test, I was amazed that the questions were not only similar but not as complex as the ones by TDC. There was a moment where I did get a few complex questions, and I began to doubt myself, but I answered those and flagged them. The final recording by Amanda was so helpful on reminding me to keep moving on answering the vignettes and not get stuck, instead flag those and only change the answers if I had an "Aha moment." It seemed like I had flagged several vignettes but with 10 minutes left of the test, I realized I had only flagged five. I only had one Aha moment so I changed one answer, but left the others alone. The TDC program really prepares you, if I can do it, you can too!

I cannot say enough good things about TDC law and ethics program for social workers. I feel that the program prepared me extremely well for what was covered on the exam. I look forward to using TDC again when it comes time to study for my clinical exam. The company was also very accommodating with extensions, as my test was delayed due to the global pandemic.
Thank you to everyone at TDC for this program.

I can't say thank you enough to The Therapist Development Center for helping me prepare for the California Law and Ethics Examination! With all the tasks I juggle in my life, I needed this program to keep me focused and grounded. After I passed the exam (Yay!), I realized that the program more than prepared me for the exam and I appreciated that. I will be back for my Clinical exam and will highly recommend TDC!
Ps) Amanda, I did take you into the exam with me, lol! Thank you for the guidance!

This program was fantastic! I loved the variety of methods the program utilized to relay information. I found it helpful to take notes of my own while listening to recordings, in addition to printing the materials provided and reviewing them. The lectures were very clear and thorough and I felt well-prepared for the exam. The exam even felt a little easier than the practice tests, which was quite the relief to discover on test day!

I allocated study time according to their study guide. The audio rationales and practice exams were helpful for me as I have struggled with test-taking before. This study guide is highly recommended to anyone that is looking for a guide to better prepare for this exam.

TDC truly prepared me to pass the LCSW Law & Ethics exam. I cannot emphasize how much investing in this prep course made me feel not only more confident and but also more competent as a new associate. I followed the exam schedule closely over the course of 7 weeks and felt very relaxed on exam day. I really appreciated the variety of challenging scenarios that tested my knowledge and comfort level. I plan to use TDC for my clinical social work exam in a few years!

When it comes to multiple-choice tests, I often freeze up and become very anxious. Two of my colleagues, whom I consider amazing therapists did not pass the exam the first time, so I was very nervous. They did not use TDC. I researched other programs and decided on TDC after speaking to someone who used the program and DID pass the first time. The program not only prepared me for the exam but I feel taught me important things about being a good therapist. The content is thorough and the strategies like, reading aloud the stem and paying attention to what the question is asking, and narrowing down answers through elimination, were all super helpful. Also not getting stuck in the mud and remembering to move on, tracking your time during the exam, and taking breaths between difficult questions were all strategies I used that help me get through. The coaches were attentive and always available. I had an individual session with one of the coaches, Asya, and she was amazing. She was able to highlight where I was getting stuck and gave me strategies for studying and on exam day. I highly recommend this program.

Thank you TDC. I would not be able to pass this exam without your clear explanations, breaking down questions, and to manage my anxiety. Thank You