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

My anxiety was skyrocketted when I thoight about test prep. I followed the time scheduled as mentioned in the study guide and passrd both my AMFT and APCC L&E exams in the first attempt.

I followed the directions as indicated in the study material. I went through the program twice. disciplined myself and felt comfortable with the process. There were moments during the exam I needed to hear Amanda's voice and asked what she would do in situations. Due to the wonderful experience with TDC I will be looking into purchasing study materials for the clinical exam. Thank you so much

I loved this program! Due to a brain injury I had a lot of complications passing this exam previously. This program has helped me so much and feel really prepared. I passed on the first try after using this program.I highly recommend this to anyone! Thank you so much for this program, what a life saver!

The mock and final exams on TDC were harder than the actual Law and Ethics Test. This means that it was thorough practice and excellent training material for the test.

I truly appreciated your knowledge of the test details! The test I was given felt primarily ethics! Lol .... I did hear your voice reminding me that I would feel like I was failing.. so very true. Your voice gave me confidence that this feeling is normal and not to panic...... and just as you predicted, I passed. Thank you for this wonderful study program!

I would not have passed without the help of this course! I felt very confident as I took the exam after having the opportunity to take so many practice tests and going over all the rationales. It helped me analyze the questions and look for the *best possible* answers. I passed the first time and I'm feeling a lot better about taking the clinical exam next year!

Excellent Program! I passed on my first try and as someone who gets nervous taking tests that is a big deal! Thank You!

The TDC helped me feel confident and prepared for the Law and Ethics Exam. The practice tests challenged me and the rationals helped me develop better understanding of the questions I missed. I will definitely be using TDC when it comes to studying for the clinical exam.

Thank you for a wonderfully laid out study material. The most favorite part was the rationales, that helped me find a structured approach to tackling the tests! I will definitely do the clinical exam through TDC. Thank you!

This is a great program, I couldn't have passed without it. All necessary areas covered. Thank you!

I have always struggled with test-taking so that is why I decided to use a program to help me study for the MFT Law and Ethics exam. This program made me feel much more confident in myself and my ability to learn. It taught me not to be hard on myself and just learn and that is exactly what happened.. After studying and learning from mistakes I began to improve and build confidence in my knowledge. A lot of this tests is learning how to take it and the lectures and practice/mock finals really do just that. I have recommended this program to all my friends who need to take the exam!

I am very happy to have been recommended to use this program to pass the Ethics Exam. A few months ago, I studied using the AATBS, but unfortunately I didn't pass it. Now I would highly recommend this program to others who are in the process of taking this exam. This material is very didactic and makes one understand the meaning of each topic. Truly, without this material I would not have been able to pass this exam. Now I will continue studying for the Clinical Exam.

I highly recommend this incredibly thorough and well laid out study program. I took both the LMFT and LPCC Law and Ethics exams and passed both the first time and it is all due to this program's assistance.
I felt incredibly prepared going in and wasn't disappointed coming out. Well worth the money!

Such an amazing program, I passed both my MFT and PCC law and ethics with this program!! I cannot recommend this program enough.

This program prep for the LMFT law and ethics exam was excellent! I so appreciated Amanda's detailed explanations throughout the program, and even re-listened to her pep talk in the car prior to walking into the exam. Robin and Asya were also extremely helpful and timely with answering any questions I had along the way! Overall I felt confident with a majority of my answers during the exam and now the content is cemented into my brain. This knowledge will increase my competency as an associate therapist. I will definitely utilize this program prep when I begin studying for my final licensing exams!

TDC helped me with feeling supported and confident during the exam. I used other materials to study, but TDC is by far the best. I spoke with Asya and having practice the skills TDC emphasizes here helped with passing the LMFT Law and Ethics exam. I highly encourage using this to study for exams.

TDC fully prepared me for the law and ethics exam! I appreciated the well thought out order of study topics, practice exams with rationale, and mock exams. I carried the handouts with me to get in quick study moments when I had the chance. I went into the exam nervous and wondering if I was prepared enough but I passed the first time. Throughout the exam I found myself thinking back to the audio explanations of the practice exam questions and talking myself through the answers. This study course goes above just teaching facts and legal/ethical points and really provides an understanding for the format, what the question is really asking and how to determine the best possible answer. I am so glad I went with TDC and I will refer to friends! Thank you!

TDC made me feel organized, prepared, and confident. This program broke down all of the topics very clearly and it was great to follow. When I took all of the practice exams and mocks, the rationales were so helpful! On exam day I followed all of the tips and I PASSED!!!!! TDC prepared me so well that the exam questions were very similar in structure and I felt like I had a strategy to how the questions need to be answered. I AM SO HAPPY!!!!!!

Excellent program, covered every aspect and then some! Materials covered both PCC and MFT exams which I passed both on the first attempt. I would recommend this to everyone taking the Law & Ethics exams and plan to purchase the materials for the clinical examination next!

Thanks TDC! Really did a great job preparing me for this exam. Will see you again when it is time for the next exam!