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 would highly recommend using this program to study for the MFT law and ethics. The study materials and the exams were very similar to situations you will be tested on in the actual exam. The tips and strategies this program teaches you will definitely prepare you to eliminate questions and find the best option.

This program gave me a really solid preparation to take the test. I went through the program only once and I felt really confident taking the test. There were no surprises, aside from a few weird questions that were probably the experimental ones. I'll definitely use TDC for the clinical exam and will recommend it to colleagues.

Many of my colleagues recommended TDC and I can see why. It was easy to navigate. It was so thorough and it really prepared me. I studied for 5 weeks on and off and I love that there were several practice exams to take. The test taking strategies helped calm my nerves during the test. I passed my exam and I couldn't be happier. Thanks TDC!

The program was great! I passed the exam on my first try. I learned a lot & also feel better equipped to take other exams in the future! Thank you!!!

The TDC test prep for the CA MFT Law and Ethics Exam covers EVERY topic in which you will be tested and in thorough detail. I followed the recommended study schedule through listening to the audio files of the Top 30 Topics and Let's Talk Ethics, then my personal life imploded a bit and I my studying took a backseat. I continued to review the audio files and reviewed my notes when I could, then the week before the exam I spent time going through every practice test and final mock exam. I reviewed all the test rationals to further clarify my understanding of the topics. As I sat for the exam, I knew I was prepared. As others have mentioned, I thought the practice exams were more difficult than the actual exam. This program has helped prepare me to be a better therapist. I will definitely use TDC when I sit for my CA MFT Exam.

I thought the program was fantastic! The audio lectures, printable study guides and the mock exams with rationale were the ideal combination to learn and solidify the information. You really taught me to think critically and think about how the BBS (and real life) would want me to answer each question. The course was well organized and I felt very confident that if I followed the schedule, I would be well prepared and I definitely was well prepared. I would HIGHLY recommend your course! Thank you so much!!

After failing this test several times, and using different study programs, this program helped me accomplish my goal of finally passing this exam. I have always been a poor test taker. This program helped me build confidence in taking this exam, and understanding the topics, questions, that are on this exam. What I liked most about this program is the podcasts provided that help you understand how the BBS wants you to answer the questions. It also helps with understanding how to read the questions and what to look for in each question. I look forward to using this program for my clinical exam for my MFT license. I would highly recommend this program to everyone!

I am so grateful for this program. Follow the steps and you will successfully pass the exam.

I took the Licesned Marriage and Family Therapist Law and Ethics and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Law and Ethics Examination and I passed both of them with this program. I reccomend taking the quizzes, listening to the. audio rationale, listening to the lecture series, and taking the mock exams. I saw maybe 1-2 questions from the mock exams that appeared on the actual exam. The lecture series really helped me when I kept missing questions from the quizes and knew I needed specific review on certain topics. I only spent maybe a week studying (really did this last minute) and I felt very calm once I did all of those (although the night before I spent 3 hours studying). I will definitely use this program again for the big exams! Thank you TDC!

TDC help me to structure and plan my studying routine, which was a relief. Using the motto "Enjoy your life", they guided me to not over-study or over-think-- which tends to be ineffective anyhow. There is a surrendering to trusting my capability to reason out which answer was the strongest. I was concerned that maybe I wouldn't pass and would then be faced with looking again at what was eluding me (my scores on mock tests were not great, though I was assured by my coach that they were in fact good. Not so good that I became smug... Anyhow, I passed the bar, first go!! Grateful I didn't give up all my free time and just try to hunker down. Thank you, TDC!!

I had purchased a book on Amazon and the book did not teach me anything relative to the actual Law and Ethics Exam. I returned it. I purchased the Grossman study and that was a waste of money and I did not learn anything. I finally received some guidance from some colleagues to purchase the TDC. I did and when I stuck to my studies and took all the tests and quizzes and reviewed the answers one by one with Amanda, it really helped me understand how the questions are being asked. It is not the what, but the how. What a great program and I am definitely purchasing the LMFT exam training from the TDC. Thanks team!

So thankful for this study program! I went into the test feeling confident that I could pass and really had the trainer's voice in my head like she said I should. I liked being able to follow a study schedule and I feel that really helped me boost my ability to take this test and PASS on my first try! Highly recommend this program even if you are taking the LPCC L&E test, that's what I took and felt very prepared.

I could not have passed this test without the TDC study materials. The materials helped me understand the reasons behind why I was choosing the answer. I am so grateful for this program.

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!