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
  • 5 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

Therapist development center was the best choice of studying for my law and ethics test!!! The study material was well written and so easy to understand, it challenges you but throughly prepares you for the test!!! I didn’t study the first time and failed but the second time I studied and succeed and passed!!! Thank you therapist development!!!

A must-have for anyone looking to feel prepared and confident on test day. Extremely helpful and thorough, relevant coursework really made me feel knowledgable and ready for my exam. I am definitely leaning on TDC again for my licensing exam. Thank you so much for the support !

TDC helped me pass the exam the first time and did not need any other materials. I am so grateful for the help, support, and exceptional study materials. I definitely plan to use this for my LCSW California licensing exam. Also, the facility was a little noisy and there were barriers of having to use a mask and a little noisy as no headphones were allowed at the site!

I have major test anxiety and a learning disability that has made my educational career more than difficult. TDC made studying easy. When I was taking the test, Amanda was in my head guiding me through the questions which help me rationalize everything. Overall excellent program! Very helpful lectures! Thank you TDC!!!!

I went and took my Ca. law and ethics exam yesterday and was really nervous. As much as I have studied for the passed month, some of the questions on the exam kind of threw me off. I had to use rational thinking from what TDC had taught me. I think because of this technique I was able to applied it to the exam. I would recommend to to anyone who need helps with passing the exam. Overall, I am very happy to have passed on my first try.

TDC is the best study material! It was highly recommended by a friend, and I gave it a try. TDC helped me stay focused and prepared me for the test. I passed on the first try! The study materials are well organized, and cover all of the topics in a very detailed manner.

Due to COVID, I had put the Law and Ethics Exam out of my mind, thinking I might be able to get a waiver. With only four weeks before my expiration I realized that the waiver ended one month before my registration expiration date. Going through the TDC materials took me about three weeks of studying on average an hour a day (some days 30 min, some days 2 hours). Then the final week I was able to review and do the final practice exams. Ultimately I was able to pass the exam studying nearly every day for four weeks. The practice quizzes and audio recordings helped me get a sense of how they want me to respond to the questions and some of the specific info that TDC drilled into my head was necessary for me to pass. I highly recommend this program.

The practice exams and the 2 mock exams were everything! Hearing the explanations and exploring the legality and ethics behind each answer was the most helpful. I took the exam and walked out in under an hour with plenty of time to review the answers if I needed to. Thankfully I didn't flag any answers for review because I was so confident in my first responses because of the information shared from TDC. Highly recommend TDC and plan on using TDC for my LCSW exam.

Really glad I did this program. I felt not only did it prepare me for the test, but it really prepared me for my job in knowing and understanding the laws and ethical dilemmas. I did the program just under four weeks, studying for at least some time in almost every day. However, As Amanda says, I did live my life and didn't think about the test or focus on the test the entire time I was studying, and was able to pass the first time.

I followed the program guidelines and to my surprise, I was fully prepared me to pass the LCSW CA Law and Ethic Exam with ease.
Thank you TDC!

The program was amazing! I loved the study schedule. It kept me on task. I was very confident walking into the exam room. I have recommended it to my fellow classmates thats taking the law and ethics exam. Well work the money. I'll see you when it's time for licensure!

This course is AWESOME! I highly recommend to those about to take the test. I passed on my first try and I can confidently assert it was because of this program.

Thank you TDC! The practice exams were almost the same as the real test. TDC you are the REAL DEAL! I passed my law and ethics exam on my first try. Thank you for making me feel confident and ready to take the test! I will be back!

I passed the LCSW Law and Ethics test today and could not be happier! TDC's was extraordinarily helpful. When I initially looked at the outline provided by the BBS I felt super overwhelmed with all of the concepts I thought I was going to have to, "memorize." When I learned about TDC from another clinician I was super excited. The program and approach has you focus on the topics that are key and really helps you develop the working knowledge not rote memorization. Hands down the best!

I passed the exam today on my first try after completing this study course. I found this course covered the topics on the exam well. In all honesty, the exam today felt 'easier' than the two final mock exams on your course, and, no surprise here, I was happy about this. There were, maybe, ten to fifteen questions on the exam today where in I was torn between two answers. I think it's really important to stress what the therapist would do FIRST in a situation, because sometimes there are two or three answers that are possibilities for later on in the course of therapy, and this can be confusing. Also, I found it really important to focus on 'who my client is' as a lot of the stems included people friends with, or family of the client. I probably learned the most from listening to the rationales for the correct answers. Those helped gear my thinking in the proper manner for taking and passing this exam.
Overall, this was excellent preparation for the exam. Thank you very much. You've got a very happy customer here.

Alison Reid

In 2018, I took this exam for the 1st time. I had about 9 months of supervision and did not enroll in any programs for additional study material or support. My father had committed suicide in August 2018 and that affected my mental health and countertransference with the material. My supervisor told me to eat before my exam and since my exam was located in a different city than were, I lived I found a restaurant I loved and ate a big meal. I studied off the little materials I was provided and did not seek any outside studying material. I work for CPS and had returned the Sunday before my Monday exam from an out of state travel that included several time zones changes. Long story short - I was not prepared at all for my exam the 1st time. I requested my supervisor provide me with additional materials and after a few more months felt it was best to end my supervision hours as I did not feel supported, I was discouraged and felt a break would be best to focus on my own mental health. I did seek therapy. I took about a year off of supervision hours. I did register for this exam and picked a date in late March/April. It was postponed due to the pandemic. I picked this date in July. About a month ago I was searching online and watched a few YouTube videos about TDC. I know this was a program that had credibility and was told to me by colleagues to enroll in. I just did not know if I could afford it and if it was necessary. At this point, I did not have a supervisor and I only had the print outs and notes from the 1st time I took the exam. I knew I needed to do something different if I wanted different results. So, I enrolled the program. I saw there was a 5-8-week option for studying. I took a couple weeks off work to focus on this material. I studied every single day and night. I ran through the entire program at least twice. I read the material to myself out loud, listen to the material in the car and during long walks. The day off I reviewed material to boost my confidence. I picked up a banana from 711 and a drink that I find comfort in and would fill me up but not make me to full. I prayed and envisioned myself passing. I told myself I have worked so hard for this and that I deserve this. I liked to a medication session that remained me to sit in the uncertainty and find peace within myself. I took the material in the program serious and during the exam was extremely focused. I am so thankful and proud of myself for passing. Thank you for giving me the knowledge and skills to be a confident social worker. I feel that with this program I have a deeper understanding of my Code of Ethics and Law that I must follow. I have a Bsw and MSW, but this program has given me something I never received in formal education. This helped me with my learning style and be able to retain information. My focus in school was always Child Welfare Services and I work for CPS. This program has helped me shift my thinking to a therapist and I love it. I am so excited, and I honestly can't wait to come back and register for the training to support my clinical exam next year. THANK YOU!

This was a great program to prepare for the CA Law and Ethics Exam. I really appreciated how the program really prepared me to make clinical decisions with each scenario as opposed to just memorizing a bunch of facts. The information base that it covers was very thorough. I was fairly confident going into the test and I passed on my first shot! Recommended for anyone studying to take the CA Law & Ethics Exam. I will probably use this program when it is time to take my clinical exam as well.

The TDC course is a wise investment. The Law and Ethics material can seem straight forward when you study the different content sections outright but, when you take the practice tests over and over the general constructs being tested and deeper strategies you need to use become more and more clear w/ each test.
I don't think I could have passed the test on the first try w/o a course like this. There are times when we as professionals would do multiple things in response to ethical/legal issues as they come up- the course teaches you how to prioritize and sift through the options to land on the best answer that addresses the stem of the question. For me, a specifically helpful aspect of this prep was in those instances when it feels like law and ethics conflict on some level-the course trains you to work with that type of thing and still find your way to what they are testing specifically, regardless. The added option of asking a coach for clarification as needed w/ various issues was also greatly appreciated.
I am licensed in another state and have practiced trauma-focused psychotherapy for years. I relocated to CA. in Feb. Passing this exam is what stood between me and getting back to work-- a humbling and maddening experience all at once. Even w/ a lot of experience I felt very intimidated by this requirement.
I sat in my car and cried after passing I was so relieved!
So, in summary, I highly recommend the TDC course for the CA Law and Ethics exam. Sincere gratitude to Amanda, Robin and all the others involved in developing and facilitating such a helpful program.
Theresa Matocha LICSW (VT) LCSW (pending :) CA)

Excellent program.

Unfortunately with COVID-19 my plans were interrupted regarding giving myself two shots at the test when the testing centers closed down. I stopped midway through the program because I didn't want to lengthen my study time. Thankfully, the materials were able to be picked back up appropriately and I felt super confident going into my first attempt at the test. Even with the added pressure, TDC helped me pass my Law & Ethics the first time. Thanks!