California MFT Law & Ethics Exam
Price: $295.00

The California MFT Law and Ethics exam is comprised of 40% Law and 60% Ethics. Within the Law portion, 14% is dedicated to Confidentiality, Privilege and Consent, 16% to Limits of Confidentiality / Mandated Reporting, and 10% to Legal Standards for Professional Practice. Within Ethics, 18% is dedicated to Professional Competence and Preventing Harm, 27% to Therapeutic Relationships, and 15% to Business Practices and Policies.

Passing this Law and Ethics exam on the first attempt is very important, as the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) will require you to wait 90 days after failing the exam before you can retest, and you will need to take a 12-hour Continuing Education Law and Ethics course in addition to having to pay a $100 processing fee. That is time and money wasted; TDC can help give you the tools and skills you need to get that passing score on the first try.

The Therapist Development Center supports California’s Marriage and Family Therapists in preparing for their CA MFT Law and Ethics exams, and is proud to say that 95% of our users PASS!

MFT Law and Ethics Exam Prep Study System

Includes INSTANT online access to:

  • An organized, step-by-step study plan
  • 15 on-line audio workshops with downloadable handouts
  • A complete review of essential MFT Law and Ethics Exam content areas
  • Effective study tools
  • Clinical examples that help you learn rather than memorize
  • Clear test-taking strategies you will use on exam day
  • 5 Full-length MFT Law & Ethics Practice Exams
  • Test anxiety management
  • Coaches available for ongoing questions and support

Our program not only addresses each of these content areas, but mimics how the BBS weighs the content to ensure you’re focusing on the right content for the right amount of time. TDC’s California MFT L&E Exam Prep is designed to maximize learning and minimize stress. It can be completed in approximately 35 hours and can be repeated as needed. Access is set for 4 months, but extensions are FREE. We are with you until you pass! Please note: this program is for SINGLE users only. Want to SAVE $50 on your California exam prep materials? Buy the CA COMBO!

Scroll down to read real, amazing testimonials from our users about how TDC worked for them to PASS their MFT Law and Ethics exams.


MFT Law and Ethics Exam Prep FAQs

What is the structure of the California Law and Ethics exam?

The California Law and Ethics exam consists of 75 multiple-choice questions. 50 questions are scored, and 25 questions are considered experimental and will not count toward your final score. The experimental questions can appear anywhere on the exam; the BBS does not indicate which questions will count and which are experimental.

How much time do I have to complete the exam?

Test takers are granted 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the exam. Accommodations for extra time can be requested through the BBS for test-takers with mental or physical health conditions that qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act or for English as a Second Language (ESL) test-takers. Here are the forms for each accommodation: ESL accommodations form and disability accommodations form. Additional accommodations can be requested based on individual needs (i.e. separate room, reader, paper exam).

What is the current passing score for the CA MFT Law and Ethics exam?

In 2018, the BBS discontinued publishing the passing score for all of their licensing exams. However, during the first two years the exam was administered the scores were published. Between 2016 and 2018, the passing score was typically in the range of 33-36 out of the 50 scored questions (upper 60s% to lower 70s%). The 25 experimental questions do not count in the final score.

When will I be eligible to take the California Law and Ethics Exam?

Once you receive your associate registration number you are eligible to apply for the exam. The good news is this application for the California MFT Law and Ethics exam is the easiest application you will find on the BBS’s website! All you need to do is complete the one-page application and submit it along with your check to the BBS. Here is the Law and Ethics Exam Application. You can expect the processing time for the application to take 4-6 weeks. If you are applying for accommodations, submit that application at least 90 days prior to your anticipated exam date.

How much time should I give myself to study with the Law and Ethics Exam prep program?

TDC’s California MFT Law and Ethics exam prep program includes approximately 37 hours of content, including 5 full-length mock exams. We are strong advocates of maintaining a healthy balance of studying alongside all of the other responsibilities and joys in your life. If you are able to devote 8-10 hours each week to your studying, you can complete the California MFT Law and Ethics exam prep program in 5 weeks. Some people prefer to move through the program more quickly, while others feel they need more time. Our program is adaptable to meet your needs.

What happens once I pass the California Law and Ethics Exam?

You only need to pass the California Law & Ethics Exam one time. Once you pass the exam, you have fulfilled this requirement and will not be required to take it again. The next exam you will be required to take is your California MFT Clinical Exam.

Can I take one Law and Ethics exam if I am working toward my LPCC and LMFT?

The answer to this question is no. The BBS requires you to take the Law and Ethics exam specific to your license. If you are working toward dual licensure, you will need to complete the California MFT Law and Ethics exam and the California LPCC Law and Ethics Exam. Many people have successfully passed both of these exams using our California MFT Law and Ethics exam prep program. If you fall into this category, please reach out to a TDC coach for additional guidance.

Do I need to take the 12-hour Law and Ethics course?

The only time you are required to take the 12-hour Law and Ethics course is if you have not successfully passed the MFT Law and Ethics Exam prior to renewing your associate registration. If you renew your registration and need to retake the MFT Law and Ethics Exam, you will need to complete the 12-hour course before becoming eligible to sit for reexamination.


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Course Reviews

It was do or die! I really enjoyed the recordings as I am a visual learner, meaning, I cannot retain information by simply reading the material and challenged with test anxiety. I finished with 25 minutes to spare. Last year, I took the test and failed by 15 points because I second-guessed myself, challenged with test anxiety. I reviewed the top 30 Topics prior to taking the exam and passed. Excellent program, thanx to all of the TDC Family. Highly recommend. Munoz

I thoroughly enjoyed this program, it gave me confidence and provided a sense of security throughout the study process. After I passed the exam, it seemed as if I was over-prepared (if there's such a thing) thanks to this program. Thank you! 100% recommend.

I passed and the program is EXCELLENT for the exam!!! Thank you TDC

I really like the way the studying was structured. I work best having a calendar of what and when to study. I really loved the fact that the mock test timed you, it allowed me to get over my anxiety of being on limited time to take the exam.

I found the course challenging but the structure and rigor of it left me...truthfully worried if I would pass. This was largely due to my practice tests scores. I had improved each time I took a test but felt like I was still having a hard time with the material and would have preferred higher scores. However, the minute I started my test I became much more confident that I would pass. The practice tests were more difficult and the information provide was very thorough. I passed my test and I still call upon the information provided by this course.

I would not have passed this exam had it not been for this course. That saved me time and money by not having to retake the exam multiple times. I recommend this course to anyone pursuing their LCSW, LMFT, or LPCC.

I'll definitely be using TDC to take my final MFT exam! Usually, I'm a nervous wreck when it comes to exams, but I felt well prepared, and calm going into the exam. Thanks so much for your help!

Really great study program. I liked that the recordings were actual people, not robots. Really personable. I passed on the first try!

I feel like this course adequately prepared me for the examination. I finished with 15 minutes to spare, and was able to go back to flagged questions for review.

It's a great tool to use if you are both an audio and visual learner.

I'm thankful for this program, better than the rest. I took it once and failed by one point because Covid-19 shook me up and I second-guessed myself. Bunkered down, looked at quick study tips and retook program and passed, was so happy, I'll be ready to take the clinical exam when I get all my hours, I highly recommend this program, follow the guides and do it!

The Law and Ethics Exam is unlike any test I've ever studied for. After going through this program, I passed the test upon the first attempt. Some of my favorite things about the program were the audio rationales and pep talks. TDC not only taught me valuable skills for studying for the L&E, I now have skills that will help me overcome other challenges in life that take discipline and study. I appreciate this course for its personable and supportive culture and feel it is superior to other competitors because of it's care for its test takers.

Therapist Development Center helped me throughout the process, did some "hand holding" through the "downs" and provided encouragement and support until I came out on the other side..with a pass certificate!
The lectures were very detailed and mock exams very super helpful!

Great experience with the study material and would recommend in the future.

I attribute my success in passing the exam to the Therapist Development Center program. Following the recommendations of how to study set me up for success. The format of the mock exams were such that, when I was in the live exam, I felt very comfortable. It was important to pay attention to not only the right answers to questions but also to notice how I take the exam. For example, I would get through the tests in an hour when I have an hour and a half. I would find myself picking the best answer and noting the second best answer. If I took a little more time with those questions to consider rationale and choose the best answer, I scored better. I also appreciated the responsiveness to emails that I sent when I had questions. All of the support in this progam, helps build confidence for taking the exam.

Passed on the first day of spring in the covid times! This program was great. The practice questions were spot on, and the advice all sound (Amanda was there with me). I had a lot of test anxiety and the program made me feel prepared and ready to do my best.

I recommended TCD to all of my colleagues that have not yet taken the L&E exam! An excellent program for learning and for passing the official exam!

It was expensive, but worth it. I found the test taking tips very helpful, "think safety, read word for word..."

I have extreme test anxiety and have to say that your program exceeded my expectations. It helped me feel prepared and confident. I would recommend your program to EVERYONE. Thank you thank you thank you!

I felt so prepared for the exam, I can't thank TDC enough. I noticed how much differently I approached the test in the way I read, assessed what the question was asking, and how to respond out of best interest/needs of the client. The mock exams were extremely helpful as I approached test day. I highly recommend this program to others and I will definitely be coming back when it is time to start preparing for my clinical exam. Thank you again.

I first took this exam last year and failed. I had bought a study guide book off Amazon and assumed it was enough for me to pass, but I was wrong. The book offered a very broad overview of California’s law and ethics and it didn’t prepare me for the actual exam. Failing the exam left me feeling extremely disappointed, upset, embarrassed, and stressed. When it was time to re-take the exam, I discovered TDC and it was a GAME CHANGER. I cannot say enough good things about this program. It's extremely thorough, helpful, user friendly, and encouraging! It not only teaches you all the information you need to know, but it also teaches you HOW to take standardized tests and think through each question. I found the exam questions VERY similar to the practice questions. I used the TDC program while super pregnant with two little kids at home and I PASSED. This program helped me feel prepared and confident going into the exam. I was able to keep my test anxiety under control and passing is such an enormous relief. 10/10 recommend TDC to everyone working towards their license. You got this!