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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Average: 5 (417 votes)

Course Reviews

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!

Right on the dot with all the practice questions and exams! Great program! :)

During the entire test I was hearing your voice! I can honestly say I am glad I invested in the program!

I loved this program! The combination of audio lectures, multiple practice exams, and availability of printable outlines made my study experience well rounded and allowed me to utilize different styles of learning. The rationales are thorough and really helped me to not only learn new concepts, but also to truly understand the material. I passed on my first attempt! I was nervous and during my exam I felt unsure at times, but I followed the tips and advice provided by the program, and I think it really made a difference. I also really appreciated the coach service, I got a quick response time and a detailed response. Thank you TDC!

This program goes above and beyond to prepare you for the exam! I went into the exam feeling confident and left the exam, passing and feeling like it was a breeze after how the program prepares you to succeed.

I can't say enough about how helpful this program is. I absolutely loved the audio rationales, which were so helpful for me. I took the scored mocks and printed them and listened to the rationales and took notes next to each question I got wrong and went over the questions and choices a few times. It definitely helped me understand the rationalization and apply it to the actual exam questions.

Just Trust the process of the courses.

I used TDC to pass the ASWB LCSW exam in 2017 (after previously failing it years before and completely shutting down from test anxiety and not wanting to take it again). I knew immediately when I found out I had to take the CA Law & Ethics Exam that I needed to use TDC to prepare. And YES, I was right! Thank you!

I found this program extremely helpful in preparing me for the Law and Ethics exam, and I would recommend to anyone looking to prep for the test. I learn best by listening and taking practice exams, so the option to do both, re-take exams, and listen to the rationale was enormously helpful. I passed the exam today after using this program to study over 3 weeks and am so glad I went with this program. See you in a year for my clinical exam!