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

I originally started studying with a competitors prep course that was recommended by my school; however, I heard great things about TDC. I am glad I made the switch! The other prep course was bogging me down with information, that I now know, was not beneficial to passing the exam. Thanks to the TDC crew for an awesome program that helped prepare me "how" to take the exam. The mocks were very similar to the actual questions. If I got stuck, I brought you into my head and processed the question. I ended up having 15 minutes left to go over marked questions and ended with 5 minutes to spare. I was elated when I got the sheet stating that I passed! Thanks again TDC! I will be using TDC for the clinical portion!

The Therapist Development Center Study Materials prepared me well and gave me so much confidence going into the MFT Law and Ethics exam!
I will definately be using the curriculum for the LMFT Licensing Exam.

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I love the reading of the Laws by the narrator. I followed along with the printed text. It made all the difference in the wold to me. I felt I had a partner helping me study. During the test I remembered how to read and understand what they were asking. Simply wonderful. Thank you so much for helping me reach a mild stone.

In addition to feeling very confident and prepared for the LMFT and LPCC Law and Ethics exams, I feel that I am a better and more informed therapist because of this program. Everything was so well explained and so well defined, it was easy to learn it and commit it to memory, not just for the sake of the test, but for a long and ethical career. Thank you so much, TDC. I could not have done it without you!

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My test coach was wonderful! She was very responsive in a timely and helpful manner. Also, I loved that it was possible to play the answer portion of the materials at variable play back speed. It saved me a ton of time!

All my colleagues have had successfull results with TDC as Social Workers and Therapists. Many have passed their clinical exams through TDC.

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I studied ALL day yesterday by listening to the audio for the 30 topics, reviewing the handouts, and taking notes! I like that the entire course only takes about 6 hours total listening to the audio (not including the time you take for the exams). I took all 3 mock exams and 1 of the final exams and it worked!! :) Love the system! I'll definitely be using it for the clinical portion of the exam!

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