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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Course Reviews

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

TDC is an amazing program! I am a nervous test taker, and typically get so anxious on test day! However, I felt so confident taking the Law and Ethics exam. In fact, personally the mock exams in the TDC was even harder then the actual exam! There were moments of uncertainty in the exam, but I pinpointed those questions down to be the experimental ones. I highly recommended using this program- everything covered on this program is on the exam. There will be no surprises on exam day if you use TDC. I will be telling all my coworkers about TDC and will be back when taking my LCSW exam! Thank you TDC!

I had a lot of anxiety during my test preparation. TDC's material helped me break down topics in understandable ways by utilizing multiple ways in the delivery of information. I loved reading the material and then listening to Amanda elaborate on it. I listened to her in the car, while walking, and even in Costco! Even so, I failed the mock exams. Asya, a TDC coach, reached out helping to calm my anxiety. Prior to the exam, I used the scratch pad to write down as many important quick facts which I thought may be helpful as well as few positive affirmations. During the exam, I listened for Amanda's reasoning on the difficult questions. Thank God, I passed. I highly recommend TDC for anyone needing to prepare for the CA Law and Ethics exam. Thank you TDC .

Robin and Amanda are awesome coaches. Email communication with Robin was especially helpful when further dissection and nuanced rationales were needed to understand missed questions. The final mock exams were challenging, but that's good because when I took the real exam it felt easier by contrast. I was sufficiently confident at the end that I did not bother reviewing the flagged questions (not that I recommend that strategy). I immediately submitted and passed. Thanks again

When it comes to any state test I experience severe anxiety, which has been my nemesis when preparing for tests or taking practice tests. I did the 2 month study plan, which allowed me to take my time. I have to say that I appreciate Robin for being my coach because all my questions were anxiety driven however, her patience and tips helped me TONS. I reread her tips up until I had to take my exam. They were a little different than the ones on the managing tips article, which helped because it felt as if they were unique to my situation. I have to say that the material is pretty on point with the actual test. I followed the schedule and made a plan that worked with my schedule, it's important to really follow the program and apply the tools every step of the way. I hit a point where I literally took the 3 practice exams back-to-back because I was focused on a seeing a certain score, which I regret. I recommend if you score low on the 1st practice exam, take a break, review it thoroughly and really try to understand why you got the questions wrong before taking the next practice exam. I honestly scored pretty low in all exams and not because the exam was hard it was because I was in another mindset with my own expectations. I did postpone my test once because I didn't feel ready at all. I had to mentally snap out of wanting to see a certain score in any of the programs practice tests and focus on applying strategies to understand why I would miss questions. Once I found my strategies and rhythm I was able to apply those during the last mock exam and I did fairly well, which boosted my confidence for the actual test. To all my fellow colleagues that experience high anxiety, take a lot of mental breathers, use positive affirmations, if you feel like giving up that's okay take a break, and remember to breakdown sentence by sentence to understand the stem. Lastly, the day of my exam, I wrote notes on my scratch paper for me to keep in mind and I wrote a nice positive affirmation to remember that I was going to pass. This was my process and I hope this helps others.

Excellent study material. Had the chance to study while working and taking care of my children during the pandemic. The delivery and timeline fit perfectly for my busy schedule during the week.

I am so glad that I took this course to study the LCSW California Law and Ethics Exam. Without it, I wouldn't have known where to begin. I appreciate how organized and straight forward the program is and how I was able to stay on track throughout my study process. This course made my goal of passing on the first try possible. I'm sure I would have not passed without this program. Thank you! Thank you!

Follow the program -- you will pass!

I was very nervous to take the Law and Ethics exam. After completing the test prep program with Therapist Development Center, I felt prepared and ready to conquer the exam questions. The pre-recordings and rationales thoroughly cover the material you need to know to pass the exam and the practice tests are an accurate representation of what the actual exam questions look like. Plus, Robin was super supportive and always got back to me in a timely manner whenever I reached out for a little extra help. I definitely recommend taking this course. Not only did it help me pass the exam, but it has made me a more seasoned and knowledgeable social worker. I will be back for the clinical!

I previously took the LMSW course to take the Oregon licensing exam, which I passed, so it was a no-brainer to use TDC for the California Law and ethics exam. I passed that, as well! I have not practiced in several years, so I began this process worried about having a huge relearning curve. Still, TDC presented all the information needed in a concise, easily digestible, and organized format. Thank you for making it possible to get my ACSW license reinstated after so many years!

Passed my first attempt. Study materials are great

Thank you so much, TDC, for your help in passing the CA Law & Ethics exam on my first try. Having only worked in the field outside California, I was anxious about this test, but taking your course gave me the chance to really LEARN and UNDERSTAND (not just memorize) the material. By the time I took the test, I was confident that I knew the material even though I wanted my practice test scores to be higher. On test day, even though I was nervous, I felt a lot steadier and was able to understand the point the questions were getting at. I think that knowing the difference between legal and ethical requirements helped me a lot, because a lot of times the answers to the questions had aspects of both sprinkled in, which made several of the answers seem reasonable. I heard Amanda's voice in my head asking me if they were looking for LEGAL or ETHICAL obligations and that helped me choose. Again, thank you so much for preparing me for what could have been a much more anxiety-provoking experience had I not purchased this course.

TDC prepped me and help me pass my Law & Ethics exam. I followed the advice of when to study and how to study. I didn't allow myself to be discourage when I saw low test scores, I listened to the rationales to help me better understand the reason behind the choice. I highly recommend TDC

I am from out of state where a L&E exam isn't a requirement so I was concerned because I wasn't familiar with CA law. I went over all the materials and took practice exams within 3 weeks of my test and passed. Thanks for the help!

This was my first time taking the California Law and Ethics exam and I passed.

Big thanks to TDC!!! Your program rocks!! The practice questions are so close to the actual L & E exam, and the rationales are super helpful. The audios helped me a great deal to understand the concepts and key points. It's not about memorization, but truly understand the reasons behind the questions. I am also beyond thankful for the coaching and support. Every time I e-mailed the coach my questions, he/she is always quick to respond and answer clearly. Without TDC, I would not be able to pass!! Thank you TDC!!

Passed on my first try with this program. I never had a dedicated law and ethics class in my grad program so this was all pretty new to me. Being able to ask a coach questions and confirm my understanding was really helpful. I felt supported all the way up to test day. I think I learned the most from the practice tests since they go over the rationale for each question and answer.