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 felt so well prepared with low levels of anxiety. The 48 hr pep talk helped. And I went into test day repeating to myself “I have everything I need.” I knew that I knew the material and I tested well throughout the course. The rationals helped every time along with the idea of “live your life while you are not studying and don’t study for too long!” On my own I know I would have been so stressed and probably would have never felt ready. 100% recommend TDC!

This program was very helpful! I was able to listen to the audio tutorials and explanations in my car while commuting to work allowing me to study almost anywhere. The mock quizzes and exams taught me to pace myself for the time allotted. The explanations prepared me to critically think through the best choices for the exam. It was a good balance of teaching content, as well as how to take this exam specifically. Recommend!

Highly recommended especially if you have anxiety. I was able to pass on the first attempt.

Therapist Development Center is a well layed out program giving you structure, a variety of study tools (hand outs, audio and web based mock exams) and great advice to help you feel prepared and ready to pass the exam. Money well spent!

Everything I needed to study for and PASS the Law and Ethics Exam!!

I am totally impressed with this program. It is well put together. If I missed questions, I am sure it would only be just a couple. I have already called my friends to recommend this program to them. It really made a believer of me. I wish I had known about your program before my previous attempts. This Program is flawless. I really don't see how anyone can use this program and still do not pass the exam at first attempt. The customer support was incredible. I requested extensions, and they happily and readily provided them without questions. All I can say to you guys is, thank you!!!

The program was very good and extremely helpful. Having a structure and guidelines for studying helped me know where to focus and kept me motivated. I can't imagine tackling the process of studying for the Law & Ethics exam without this program and the structure and information it provided. When I took the actual test - I felt prepared and it was actually easier for me than the last two Mock exams! Oh and I passed the first time! Thanks TDC!!

My testimony is God led me to my friend who recommended your program. Your program helped me to pass. God gave me the strength. I'm 73 years old and had a 9 year lapse in re registering for what was then called and intern number. I was working as a substitute teacher before and after that until last September.
I am too grateful to express how happy I am that I took your course. Thank You. Thank You. Thank you again.
Joan Bruno

The TDC program for the LMFT Law & Ethics exam helped to keep me on a study schedule, and provided a variety of ways to learn (audio, written, and timed practice exams), which was great. I could see my improvement as I moved through the course, and I passed my exam on the first try!

I am thrilled to have been able to use TDC on my Law & Ethics Exam that I passed :) and will use TDC again when I study for "The Big One"!

This study program was absolutely amazing! I felt so prepared for the test when I took it and passed on my first try! I am so grateful!!

The customer service feature - contacting my L&E Coach- really helped. The sequence of the course sensible and increasingly (and appropriately!) challenging. Even though it was not suggested, I began to see myself in each scenario, and that made a huge difference for me. When I took the test, I was ready to "lean into it" and "attack the test." I was so well prepared that I was ready to re-take right away no matter what score I earned.

I found the study materials to be very helpful. Additionally, I found the audio explanation to the correct answer to be helpful for me to understand the logic to the question. I highly recommend this for all future associates who are preparing for their Law and Ethics exam.

TDC's course is easy to follow, and this course prepared me for the content of the exam, but also prepared me for the wording/format of exam questions. I liked that the lectures were audio, so I could listen to them not only during study time but listen multiple times over several weeks while walking. Amanda teaches you not only what to know for the exam, but also exam day strategies. I'm grateful for this program and I'll be back when its time to study for the Clinical exam!

I enjoyed the audio portions of this as I am someone who retains information better when both reading and hearing it.

I had to take the Law and Ethics Exam twice and failed. I bought the TDC and the third time was the first time I felt comfortable taking the test. TDC helps you understand the exam and successfully pass.

This program works. Just follow the plan and Review, Review, Review. I put off taking this exam for years due to severe test anxiety. However, once I started, I realized I COULD learn and get thru this study program. The material is well organized, manageable and presented in a way that makes sense. Even if you feel unsure, this program helps train you to be okay with uncertainty and rely on the process. Coach Robin was a great help and responded to my questions quickly when I became frustrated and filled with doubt. She encouraged me along the way and I am grateful for her guidance! Thank you Robin!!! Just follow the plan and put in the work. You CAN do it. MY FIRST TRY, I PASSED!!!!!

It was extremely helpful to use only materials from TDC without having a hodgepodge and missing critical information. The audio trainings really jumpstarted my learning and I could claim them as hours towards my 3000 BBS hours. I referred back to the quick study handouts repeatedly as a handy reference tool. Listening to the reasoning for why and why not to select an answer after taking the mock tests gave me incredible insight into answer selection. I feel clinically much much stronger after taking this course.

The program materials are excellent in explaining and testing understanding. I really benefited from the recorded test answers and elaborations in learning how to focus more specifically on what is being asked in the questions. My challenge was that the exam took longer than the practice tests, but nerves or the new mask safety requirements may have played a part. It's true that the wording of questions on the exam is slightly different, but the materials are excellent prep. I finished in time and passed. Thank you so much!

By far the best program. It was nice to have a study guide layout. I have used three others programs that are very known and used. They did not work for me because I am both audio and reader learner. I needed both to help me. Plus this gave me lots of motivation and encouragement. The entire layout of this program was simple and easy to understand. Thank you TDC.