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 felt so prepared for the exam, I can't thank TDC enough. I noticed how much differently I approached the test in the way I read, assessed what the question was asking, and how to respond out of best interest/needs of the client. The mock exams were extremely helpful as I approached test day. I highly recommend this program to others and I will definitely be coming back when it is time to start preparing for my clinical exam. Thank you again.

I first took this exam last year and failed. I had bought a study guide book off Amazon and assumed it was enough for me to pass, but I was wrong. The book offered a very broad overview of California’s law and ethics and it didn’t prepare me for the actual exam. Failing the exam left me feeling extremely disappointed, upset, embarrassed, and stressed. When it was time to re-take the exam, I discovered TDC and it was a GAME CHANGER. I cannot say enough good things about this program. It's extremely thorough, helpful, user friendly, and encouraging! It not only teaches you all the information you need to know, but it also teaches you HOW to take standardized tests and think through each question. I found the exam questions VERY similar to the practice questions. I used the TDC program while super pregnant with two little kids at home and I PASSED. This program helped me feel prepared and confident going into the exam. I was able to keep my test anxiety under control and passing is such an enormous relief. 10/10 recommend TDC to everyone working towards their license. You got this!

The program was effective and taught me how to apply what I learned to the test.

The thing that got me through the test was taking your advice to answer all questions and flag the ones I didn't know instead of lingering too long on one answer. Ultimately I had five minutes to review the 40 questions that I flagged. I had little time to review the ones I flagged. I'd rather fail because I missed an answer as opposed to leaving them blank due to time running out.
It was also helpful that you said, "you will feel like your failing, just keep going. Don't let it discourage you."
I was convinced I failed the test. I rarely felt confident with my answers. I felt absolute on about five questions. It is frustrating that I got a pass, but I can't see how many I missed. Why do they do that?

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I am grateful that my colleague suggested using TDC to pass the MFT Law and Ethics Exam. The strategies taught in the course as well as the mock exams prepared me how to go about narrowing down the correct answer. The course in general prepped me to be confident with less anxiety going into the exam. Thanks TDC!

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I have failed the Law Ethics Test two times before and had literally given up on ever taking the exam again. I decided to buckle down and really gain an understanding of what was being said, the rationales and how to successfully narrow it down to a correct answer. This program assisted me in doing that. I passed the test utilizing the methods given by Amanda. It was so worth it. Thank you Amanda and your amazing team.

I am so grateful that the questions and the rationales were so similar to the Exam that I felt very confident when I took the Exam and so happy to have passed!

Im thankful to have found a program dedicated to help people in this profession study and be successful. I learned so much and am so proud of myself for sticking with it and passing on the first try!

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