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 really enjoyed taking TDC! The information was clear and concise. The practice tests allowed me to understand the material as well as prepare for the test at hand. I have already recommended to colleagues and will do so again!

Throughout the study program, there were times I experienced deep doubt of passing the Law and Ethics exam. Scoring in the low 70s on the Mock exams, and on the Final Mock II scoring 65%, I honestly questioned my ability -- especially because I failed my first attempt at the Law and Ethics exam before using TDC. Robin was a tremendous help. She identified that I knew and understood the material but that I was not focusing on what the questions were asking. Honing in on this and sharpening my knowledge base, I passed the exam. Thank you TDC and Robin Gluck for teaching me how to study smarter, for your encouragement and support.

I feel I owe my future success to this program. If I had not passed this exam it would've changed the course of my career and life drastically. I know that I would not have passed without this extensive, well formatted study material. I am so forever grateful. I will definitely be using TDC for the clinical exam.

I started this course when I had barely 7 days left to prepare for my upcoming exam.
One thing came up after another and I thought it was too late to study & pass; nearly gave up.
A friend recommended this program to me and it was my last resort. I was frustrated and panicky.
However, by the time I completed the first course, I was newly motivated and had regained confidence.
You guys provided me with the determination to study hard and pass this test on my first attempt.
Not only did I pass the exam, but I am a better therapist now. Thank you!

Using TDC as my study material was definitely the best decision I made. TDC helped me prepare well for the exam. I passed on my first attempt. I admit that taking the mock practice exams made me at one point think that I was not going to pass. On the day of the exam I was able to remember the useful tips provided in the program. I would totally recommend TDC as the study material for the MFT Law and Ethics exam!

Thank you for the study materials and practice quizzes. I believe they really helped me pass the exam!

5 Star Rating! This study program is worth every penny. I went into my test with confidence, which carried me through my waves of anxiety. I would recommend this program to anyone.

This was my first time using TDC & I passed my exam today! The study program is very thorough and detailed. I like how Amanda explains the questions and answers. I get test anxiety so this program helped eased that and pass!! I took the exam 2 other times using other testing materials and did not pass. Thank you TDC.


Pretty good and thorough. I felt I passed pretty easily. I liked the study summary guides as a good syllabus.

I felt your program fully prepared me on not only the content but on the skill of test taking. I was able to feel relatively confident while taking the exam.

This course is worth every penny, I felt totally prepared
I passed on first try, thanks TDC

TDC was extremely helpful with passing the MFT laws and ethics exam. The audio tapes were such a big help!

I had bought the Gerry Grossman MFT Law and Ethics and Clinical LMFT guide for 800.00 and I was miserable so much information that I was overwhelmed. There was not a structure to the materials. Someone informed me about TDC and even though I did not pass the first two times with anxiety, which was my fault. The first time, I hate to say I did not study and thought I knew the material and concentrated on the time more so than anything. The second time I memorized, which was a bad thing. The third time I studied exactly the way TDC instructed me to do so. The material was very easy to follow and was not complicated at all. Very simple and straight to the point. I will be purchasing the Clinical material for the LMFT Exam soon!!!

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.

After failing the Law & Ethics test once using a competitors study program I chose to purchase the TDC (The Therapist Center) package and I passed. I highly recommend the TDC program to everyone. Follow the instructions, it works. I will keep my momentum and begin studying for the clinical . Thank you, TDC.

Great tool, especially the live coaching. Go TDC!

I want to thank Amanda and TDC for being in my journey in preparing and guiding me for the MFT L&E. I has previously failed the exam 3 times. I was starting to feel emotionally exhausted, stressed, overwhelmed and anxious. I realized that I was not passing because I was missing study strategies and TDC was exactly what I needed. I definitely felt more prepared and motivated to pass! Thank you!!!!

I am so glad to be introduced about TDC. I purchased mock exams at other site to have more practice right before the real exam. I noticed many questions of actual exam are similar to questionnaires shown in TDC mock exams while the other materials make me confused. I recognized I did not need other materials at all. TDC was enough.

I felt very prepared!