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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I'm very happy with your program and would like to use it for the LMFT license.

I used this course to study for both my mft and PCC ethics exam. I studied about 20 days before my exam. It was well explained and worth it. Passed it on the first try.

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For someone who has been out of school and therapy for six years, this program helped me focus on current laws and ethics. I did not use any other testing materials and was able to pass my first attempt. I appreciated all of the practice/mock exams. They really helped me with my critical thinking skills and prepared me for the actual exam.

I passed the first time using TDC8/9/22! The program was laid out in a format that was helpful for different types of learning styles. The program offers you a smart way to approach the questions while providing you understanding and knowledge of law and ethics and I took this helpful information into the exam and passed.

The Therapist Development Center preparation course for the California MFT Law and Ethics Exam helped me prepare well for that exam and the California PCC Law and Ethics Exam. I was able to pass both on the first try. The program ensured that I was spending time on the right topics and gave me important opportunities to practice so that I was familiar with the exam structure and question types ahead of time. The recorded coach was clear and reassuring; I could hear her voice in my head a few times during the exams! I plan to use this company for the licensing exams as well.

First and foremost, I want to thank the team at TDC. I had invested in two separate programs which helped to some degree but not like TDC. TDC helped in ways that I hadn't encounter in any program before. Not only was the content beyond informative but the study tips really helped to ease my anxiety and trust myself and the process. I went through a few fails and felt so discouraged. I just passed a few minutes ago and I am delighted to say that I will be returning to TDC to study for my LMFT clinical exam. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and to anyone else reading this who may be feeling that discouraged feeling, continue to trust yourself as a human and as a therapist. A test does not define your abilities.

Just a Thank You, Thank You, & Thank You!!!

This was an excellent program and would recommend it for everyone who will be taking their Law and Ethics exam.

The course was well laid out and easily to follow. It focused on highlighting the important points so I knew what to focus on. I also liked how it utilized both audio and visual information to help with memorization. This course helped me feel a lot less overwhelmed and anxious about the test!

Amazing!!! TDC does an amazing job explaining the reasoning behind correct answers and incorrect answers, well organized content covering multiple perspectives, multiple scenarios that helps critical thinking. I took the test 2X and failed. Both times I've used other materials. Another aspect of TDC is that the content is very clear, well explained and easy to understand; I say this because English is not my first language. I want to thank TDC for helping me pass this exam. Get the TDC program, follow the program and pass the exam, and celebrate!

Without a doubt - I wouldn't have passed this exam without the TDC program! I felt so prepared and was able to organize myself and follow my own pace. So grateful for this program and will be using it again!

TDC fully prepared me to feel confident while taking both the LPCC and MFT law and ethics exams. The mock exams were a great help.

This program really prepared me for the exam. Many of the questions on the exam were very similar if not almost identical to the Mock Exams questions. My exam was actually almost the same as the Final Mock Exam I. While taking the exam even though I was nervous, I felt confident that I had seen these questions before and I knew the answers.

I loved this tutorial. I have recommended it to all AMFT's who are looking to pass the L&E and Clinical Exam with the BBS. I am excited to pay for my tutorial for my LMFT Clinical Exam next. I have referred TDC to a handful of AMFT's whom I know need help and guidance to feel well versed in what is expected. Bravo TDC for helping me achieve my goals.

I highly recommend TDC. I passed my CA Law & Ethics exam on the first try. I was super anxious but the program helped me prepared well. I love the mock exams, and the quick study guides were super helpful for me along with the recordings. Wishing everyone the very best on their exam. You got this!

TDC's mock exams perfectly prepared me for the real exam!! I passed with confidence. I feel like a better clinician for all of the great audio information and handouts. Thank you!

I felt so positive and confident going into my exam thanks to the way TDC prepared me. I especially appreciated the “How to Think” and final prep talks and listened to them repeatedly the week leading up to the exam. Thank you Amanda and the TDC team!