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

After two fails I never thought I’d really pass. Using this program was me giving it one final shot. I followed this program exactly as it says. Not only did I pass but I feel more competent as a therapist and as a test taker.

I am so glad I invested in this material. It was almost identical to the real test. While I was taking the test, I told myself "I got this". There were no questions on the test the study guide did not go over. I will definitely be purchasing the study guide for licensing.

I really like the way the therapist developmental center set up step by step. I really like the fact that it has someone talking about each subject as the way i learn is by listening. I really want to thank you for the help provided. It is really expensive but it is worthed.

Thank you! This program helped me immensely and gave me the confidence to take my law and ethics exam!

Using TDC material as my primary study source, I passed both Law and Ethics exams for my LMFT and my LPCC on my first attempt.

Great study materials- I was more than prepared!

I passed the CA Law and Ethics exam for LPCCs and I bought the LMFT guide. I felt that it was excellent in preparing me. Thank you!

I was hesitant to purchase this program, but everyone I knew recommended it. It had been awhile since I took the law and ethics course, so I figured I'd go for it. I'm glad I did! I felt much more prepared and calm going into the test. The program is well designed and gives great techniques. If you are someone that needs structure while studying and don't know how or where to start, this program is for you! Thanks to TDC, I passed on my first try!

Despite having to wear a mask and include the post-test survey within my span of time for the exam, I was delighted, albeit somewhat surprised that I passed on the first time. And I'm relieved, as I chunked my studying into a 6 week timeframe. Thank you for the thorough and encompassing materials. What I particularly appreciated was the schedule that allowed me to pace my studies. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I took the ethics test for the first time last June. However. I did not pass. I was so disappointed and disappointed discouraged. I left feeling so defeated and felt like I could never pass this test. I really felt like I was not competent enough. I asked my colleagues about a recommended program to study and had great recommendations for TDC. Since the first time I went on website I knew that it would help. I feel like it made everything clear and really helped with my positive self talk. I stuck to the program and listened to audios. It really helped me and was the best. I would recommend this to anyone who is planning to take the test and feeling defeated, discouraged, and who has negative self talk. GOOD LUCK!

Great course. I highly recommend it. Thank you, Amanda!

This was overall a great course. It caters to different learning styles. It was straightforward. The content was relevant to the concepts on the exam. The rationales really helped me understand the language that would be on the exam and the logic behind the way the questions are asked. I would highly recommend the LMFT study program to other people pursuing their LMFT.

I was able to go into my exam super calm because I felt prepared. I would highly recommend this program to anyone studying for the Law and Ethics exam. I plan to use it for my clinical exam when the time comes.

This program was so helpful in passing the test!!!

This program helped me a ton! After finishing I was able to identify key words in stems and know what to look for in an appropriate answer.

Thank you, I am so happy I passed! I passed both the MFT and PCC Law and Ethics Exams on the first try. For anyone taking both, don’t be nervous the program will prepare you for both simultaneously!

I would recommend this test prep program to every person interested in having confidence in taking this test - and who plan on passing the exam.

I highly, highly recommend this program. It is worth the money to invest in your future and to make this process so much more structured and organized. This program was incredible and insanely helpful. I really liked that we got lots of practice tests and detailed information.

Thank you for helping me pass on the 1st try :)

Worth the time and money! Great help!