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

See you all next Spring for the Clinical Exam Prep!!! The practice exams and the facilitator rationales were so helpful... Thank you...

The material and support provided by TDC staff will be more than adequate to prepare one to confidently take and pass the exam if you will only but in the time and effort into it. Recommend it to anyone.

This was a wonderful course! The program is straightforward and so efficient. I passed both the MFT and PPC Law and Ethics exams on the first go. Thank you TDC, I'll be back soon to study for the license exam.

I enjoyed using TDC to help with the L&E California MFT exam. The duo is WORTH the price for reassurance and confidence when taking the test. Definitely worth every penny and helps with audio that you can listen to when driving or waiting around.

It was an amazing study system. I passed on my second try. I should of listened to every one who recommended TDC. I will be using it for my clinical exam.

I even though the last 2 Mock exams I only got a 68 and 69% I felt I knew the basic theory to be used to respond tot he questions, and I Passed.

Passed both the LMFT and LPCC law and ethics exam first time around!! The practice exams in the program are significantly harder than the actual exams. Keep practicing and taking the practice tests because the program does a good job of providing questions that are similar to the exam.

I studied for 4 weeks, I had originally planned for 6 weeks, but I felt so confident by the beginning of the 4th week that I decided to reschedule and I passed! I took my LPCC two weeks after and passed too! The program was easy to use and it didn’t feel overwhelming at all during the process! Thank you TDC!

Incredible prep course. I took the test feeling like Amanda was in my head going over the rationales. I was very prepared and there were no surprises. I will definitely take this again when I am studying for the "big one"!

Coach responded to my question promptly and was very helpful. One of the scenarios I asked a coach turned out to be on the exam.

TDC is a fantastic program!! I completed the entire program in about 3 weeks time and felt more than prepared for this exam. I actually rescheduled to take my Law and Ethics Exam early because I felt so ready!!
I would recommend this to anyone studying for their Law and Ethics Exam. ( I am an LPCC)

I PASSED!!! TDC modules, audio, and mini-quizzes helped me retain the information. I was able to go to the test center with confidence. I would highly recommend anyone to use TDC.

Would not have been able to motivate myself to get through studying without this course. It gave me peace of mind to think that if I just followed the steps of the program I'd pass. And I did!

The mock exam and quick study print PDF print out were very helpful. The audios were a good way to help bring the voice to the exam to help me strategized and help me pick the best answer.

I felt prepared and confident after completing the TDC study material for the California law and ethics exam. The practice exams were especially helpful to see areas I needed to review further, and ones I felt confident in. Thank you, thank you!!

Thank you for the great program! I passed both the LMFT and LPCC Law and Ethics Examinations using only these materials.

thank you thank you thank you. I learned so much in the program and felt well prepared going into the test with a positive mind frame. If I did not go through with the program, I would have for sure NOT have passed my FIRST time!!!

TDC has convenient pre-recording lectures that you can listen to while you are working or doing something else.

The program is great. The system that people use to study will vary. I studied off and on for 6 months. The longer I studied, the more familiar the material became. I was able to use the rationale tapes in my car, that was great.

I highly recommend this course! It helped me feel confident about passing the exam!