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 would recommend this program to EVERYONE I know. I have 3 friends that used this program and passed. I plan to use the Clinical program to pass as well.

I felt very prepared to pass the exam. I took the Law and Ethics Exam for LMFT and LPCC on the same day and passed both thanks to TDC. This study program was very well suited for the way I am best able to retain information, including listening to audio and writing notes as well as having the opportunity to do (and re-do) the mock exams. I also feel more prepared and qualified as a mental health professional in general in regards to addressing legal and ethical issues as they arise in real life.

This was the best program to study by far! I learned more about law and ethics in this course than I did in graduate school. The audio accompant did wonders for helping you to understand the why of reasoning. I loved this and can hardly wait to start studying for my Clinical Exam!

Terrific program, thank you very much!! It was super helpful and comforting having Amanda's voice in my head during the exam!! No cell phones, watches, or lip balm but Amanda's voice was OK!! ;)

This program definitely prepared me for the exam! I felt very confident going into my exam and passed on my first attempt. I found the lectures and practice exams very helpful-- especially explaining WHY an answer was correct. Additionally, the test-taking skills were extremely helpful.

Passed the Law and Ethics exam on the first try. Very thankful for this program. The most valuable lesson I got from this program was how to read the questions. Meaning, I learned to identify what specifically the question is asking based on the language used. The practice exams were tough, but helped when I took the real test. I appreciate how there were multiple practice tests as well.

I would absolutely recommend this program to everyone who is studying for the MFT Law and Ethics exam. It was so thorough, user friendly, and encouraging. I truly felt like I had all the tools and knowledge necessary to pass the exam and appreciated the positive affirmations and support along the way. I cant wait to use TDC to study for my clinical exam in the future!

I have taken the test 3 times previously. I knew that I had to find another program that best fit my test anxiety. This program helped me relearn the material in a more simplified way along with helping me be positive going into the test.

Thank you TDC!

I used the whole study material for APCC law and ethics and passed on first attempt. I only had 3-4 days before my amft law and ethics and still passed first attempt

This study guide is very thorough and very good.
I highly recommend.
I feel that this is the closest program to the actual BBS test.
They did an excellent job putting it together.
You may take it, experience this program yourself and pass the exam.
Good luck.

I am so glad I chose this course. It was excellent and exceeded my expectations. It was easy to use, straightforward and thorough. I feel like anyone who takes this course will pass the exam!

This is a wonderful course! I passed on the first try!

I passed the first time I took the exam. TDC prepared me with everything I needed to know for exam day. Very grateful.

I took both PCC and MFT L & E exams and passed on the first try!! this is a great program and I highly recommend it!

This program is incredible. I passed both the LPCC Law and Ethics exam as well as the MFT Law and Ethics exam utilizing this study program!

I am amazed and actually shocked that I did pass, because what you advised during my studies is very true; you really do not have a clear, confident sense that you answered all the questions right, and that is unsettling.
What I do know is I knew the questions I did know and that made all the difference in passing!
Thanks again TDC!

The TDC material was a lot harder than the actually test. It prepared me for the test, as the questions appeared much easier.

I felt very prepared for the MFT Law & Ethics Exam thanks to this course. I'm thrilled to have passed. Thank you!

I still can’t believe I pass. This test was super hard for me but thanks to your program, that prepared me well, I pass. I followed your instructions to the “T” & it work for me. Thank you sooooo much.

I am a master procrastinator, let me just begin with that, ha-ha!. However, I was able to go through all the top 30 topics, ethics section, and complete the quizzes, the quick study guides all a month and a half before my exam date. I did not have time to take the 3 mock exams and I still passed and felt prepared. Thank you, TDC, and the narrators! -J.J.C.